Finding the Flow: A Guide for Leading Small Groups and Gatherings by Tara Miller & Jenn Peppers
InterVarsity Press, 239 pages
Randall’s Review: (3 stars out of 4)
Most books for group leaders that I read (and our ministry publishes, for that matter) are very practical and easy to read. They’re the kind of books you can hand to your leaders and most will read in a couple of hours. In these books, one can instantly see how the principles can be applied in the very next group meeting or in a relationship within the group. Miller and Peppers write about leading a small group in a very deep, thoughtful way. Their writing is far more challenging to digest and requires reflection and prayer. I was surprised by this, and I’ve enjoyed reading each deep chapter.
Their premise is that God moves through a small group of believers who gather in Christ’s name like a river. Therefore, it is the leader’s responsibility to find the flow of that river and move with it. Each author describes different experiences in depth, providing a wonderful balance. Another feature I love about this book is that it is written by two very sensitive women, not one task-oriented man. This book contains the kind of writing that leaders who love to read will enjoy.
If you love to read or you have a small group leader who loves to read, this book will knock your socks off. However, if you don't like to read, you'll get bogged down because the practicality is present, but you have to chew on the content and digest it for it to be good for you, which was surely by design.