Reviews - What do customers think about The Bartender: A Fable about a Journey?
Raising the bar Aug 26, 2009
Mike McNichols gets it right. It's one thing to write theologies or pastoral ministry texts to describe the challenges of ministering in a postmodern, postChristian context. It's another to put it in story form...and make the characters so real and so compelling that you can't help but be drawn into the story. The book gently and gracefully challenges many ministry assumptions, particularly within the evangelical context, and even asks the daring question of whether we've got the story right. The characters will challenge stereotypes...and will thus both disturb and enlighten. My church staff and I have been studying this book in our weekly meetings for several months now...and it has been an eye-opening experience. Copies of this book are now being passed around our church. For better or worse, The Bartender has come to stay with us for a while. :)
Balancing "In the World but Not Of It" Jun 26, 2009
A semi-autobiographical story of a pastor dealing with the usual "I believe we should do it this way, you believe that" problems a church goes through. He develops a relationship with a bartender at a pub he has been having lunch at. To his surprise, he discovers the bartender is a Christian as well. They each discover from the other a different side of following Jesus.
Because I am old friends with Mike, I thought I would "have to" like this book. I was pleasantly surprised to discover his entertaining, but thoughtful writing challenged me to follow Christ by going deeper into others lives. It offers no easy answers, but thoughtfully dares one to discover the richness of life in Christ AND the world.