I’m not much for business books. Cool, hip church planters read business books. Guess I’m not cool or hip. But this book caught my attention when surfing around Amazon. I picked it up, and was glad I did.
The Back of the Napkin is all about solving problems with pictures. Author Dan Roam guys readers through the art of visual thinking. While it’s aimed at businesses, I can totally see the usefulness for church planting and ministry: timelines for church launches and outreach projects, flowcharts for developing strategies, etc. I can even see ways that this could prove useful for preaching–using pictures in the message prep process for figuring out how to connect the audience to the Bible text, figuring out the best ways to apply it, etc.
I just discovered that the book also has a website. A really cool, mind-stretching read that I hope to be able to use!