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What is the way forward for the church?

Tragically, in recent years, Christians have gotten used to revelations of abuses of many kinds in our most respected churches - from Willow Creek to Harvest, from Southern Baptist pastors to Sovereign Grace churches. Respected author and theologian Scot McKnight and former Willow Creek member Laura Barringer wrote this book to paint a pathway forward for the church.

We need a better way. The sad truth is that churches of all shapes and sizes are susceptible to abuses of power, sexual abuse, and spiritual abuse. Abuses occur most frequently when Christians neglect to create a culture that resists abuse and promotes healing, safety, and spiritual growth.

How do we keep these devastating events from repeating themselves? We need a map to get us from where we are today to where we ought to be as the body of Christ. That map is in a mysterious and beautiful little Hebrew word in Scripture that we translate “good”, the word tov.

In this book, McKnight and Barringer explore the concept of tov - unpacking its richness and how it can help Christians and churches rise up to fulfill their true calling as imitators of Jesus.

©2020 Scot McKnight and Laura McKnight Barringer (P)2020 Tyndale House Publishers

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  • Momof4
  • 07-04-2021

Abused? Read this book.

If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of abusive, narcissistic church leadership you NEED this book.

You are not crazy and you are not alone.
Thank you for this book!!

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  • Kirkpatrick’s
  • 06-04-2021

Hoping for more

The concept of this book sounds great. However, I was let down with shallow conclusions these authors came up with. This is only my opinion. I was recommended this book by someone that enjoyed it. I would not recommend it as it felt like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It felt like exchange one program (mega church with narcissist pastor) with a better program (smaller church where pastor knows everyone and with liturgy and structure). I would’ve appreciated a bit more depth and Jesus.

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  • Jonathan
  • 16-03-2021

What a blessing!

What a great book Tov is! I love Scott McKnight for his insightful writing and his wonderful examples, but this one really struck at the heart of my greatest struggles in my 34 years of ministry. Thank you for writing such a powerful and encouraging book.

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  • Lulu
  • 02-02-2021

should be required reading

every pastor, leader, and member needs to read this book and put it's principles into place because these are biblical principles that the American church is lacking.

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  • David L Stroop
  • 02-01-2021

Well written and timely.

Here is some real insight on why many modern churches are failing spiritually and how to change that.

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