There’s a lot of talk in the church world about whether the “attractional” model of church or the “missional” model of church is best for reaching people who don’t know Jesus. Personally, I think the argument is overblown and we’re spending too much time on it. This book cuts to the heart of the matter. Long story short, it isn’t about models of church–it’s about Jesus being the model for discipleship (helping people become like Jesus).
I’ve read some great books in the past several years. This one is one of the most important. Authors Alan and Deb Hirsch have written a brilliant, at times offensive (in a great way), and challenging book about what it really means to live as a follower of Jesus. As the title states, we’re to be untamed. We’re not to settle for a cozy, safe existence that so many Christians in western civilization have settled for. We’re to take risks and live wild, dangerous, faith-stretching lives that imitate Jesus.
The core of the book is when the authors state that Jesus’ life attracted the outcasts and sinners, but repelled the religious. So why in the west’s version of Christianity do the opposite? Something is wrong, and if you’re a follower of Jesus, it should be unsettling. If we’re going to live as disciples of Jesus, we need to get out of our religious comfort zones and live in close proximity to those that need Jesus most, living out Jesus’ love to them without judgment, looking for those opportunities to proclaim the good news of Jesus–which can really only happen when we invest ourselves into the lives of people. The Hirsch’s not only give great scriptural support for their approach, but they’ve lived it out for years. The book is filled with personal examples of how they’ve tried to live like Jesus–with untamed faith.
You will either love or hate this book. You will not take a neutral stance. If you claim to be a follower of Jesus, this is almost a must read. It will challenge you to take a fresh look at Jesus. It will challenge you to take a look at your church and your life. It will challenge you to change how you view people who are broken. It will challenge how you live.