The Vanishing Evangelical
I have only read one other book written by Calvin Miller and that was well over a decade ago. The Vanishing Evangelical was Miller's last book before his passing. I was intrigued by the tagline of restoring what really matters.
It took a long time to get there.
Miller's book was long on the problem facing the Evangelical church today, scant on Scripture and at times seemed to drone on and on with little hope.
Despite that, there were nuggets of gold and kernels of truth sprinkled throughout. I found myself agreeing with some of his conclusions about the problems facing the church today. I also could not deny that the focus of many is no longer Jesus but our own Christian narcissism. I also found it true that many today have strayed from the Word and no longer know what they believe and have watered down the truth about The Truth!
Sadly, I don't feel any better about the problem reading this book.
Calvin Miller clearly sees the problem and the way out involves getting to know God again, maybe for the first time! He calls the reader back to the Word, prayer and faith.
My prayer is the reader grasps the hope that the book ends with and doesn't get bogged down by the sadness of a fading evangelical movement.
"This book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Books in exchange for an honest review."