I was very skeptical when I first opened this book. I've been burned by pastor/authors before. Cordeiro's claim that there are 12 traits which will create an Irresistible Church had me sighing loudly as I opened the book.
However, once I began reading, I couldn't put the book down. Cordeiro has pastored churches all over Hawaii. I really don't like reading about a pastor's church being "one of the fastest growing" in the country so I will omit those blurbs...(wink wink)
It's the message inside that is worth it. Not the publisher's attempt to tout Cordeiro as the next best thing to happen to pastors or their churches.
The 12 traits are a church that:
Hungers for the presence of God
Remembers who she is
Lives heart first
Promotes healthy relationships
Is always learning
Promotes spiritual self-feeding
Connects everything to a soul
Chooses to love
Has a plan
Most of these traits we've heard before. It may have been the season that I'm currently in or just the way Cordeiro presents his thoughts, but I consumed this book with a feverish hunger.
Every church should desire these traits. I especially enjoyed the ideas behind healthy relationships and spiritual self-feeding. Every pastor hates to hear the words, "I'm just not being fed here". Those words will raise any pastor's blood pressure through the roof.
Cordeiro reminds us why the church is so important.
This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Bethany House Publishing