If there was ever a title to grab a person’s attention, it’s “The Way of the Dragon, or the Way of the Lamb.” Without a doubt, the book is timely, at times provocative, and kingdom-focused. The authors speak confessionally, pointedly, and at times directly to the heart of pastors in particular.
Early in the book, the authors wrestle with the upside-down nature of the kingdom of God, recognizing that the strength of Christ is most apparent in our weakness, but more significantly, in our surrender. I wondered whether the authors would venture into the mistake of the power exchange – i.e., “I’ll give up power, so I can get even more.” At times, the writing was within inches of that line of thinking, but always navigated to higher ground.
There are a few times when the mass market approach that the book takes is a bit off-putting. Where I would have liked to see the authors dive deeper, speak pointedly, and name truth for truth and lie for lie, I was disappointed by a surface-level, mass appeal approach.
This book provides what amounts to a good introductory volume for a person wrestling with the powers and principalities for the first time. If you’ve read Walter Wink, John Howard Yoder, etc., you’ll likely find yourself less interested in this book than others you’ve read.
I received this as an ARC.