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Broken: 7 Christian Rules that Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible

By Panel Review | November 26 2012

Jonathan Fisk

Concordia Publishing House, 2012, 280 pp., $16.99

Do you want to be a rebel? Jonathan Fisk is going to give you lots of ammo to rage against the machine. In his book Broken: 7 Christian Rules that Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible, he unloads and unpacks seven worldviews that should be argued against. I'll admit I wondered what I was getting myself into in the first chapter, as Fisk sounded more like an Old Testament prophet than a modernday writer—not that I have anything against Old Testament prophets. When God calls you to be a voice, you gotta listen; right? Jonathan varied between waxing poetic and bringing needed wisdom quite admirably. By the end of the first chapter I was two parts intrigued, one part fearful, but all parts ready to continue reading.

Each chapter has a subtitle that left me wondering which direction he was headed. His illustrations were thought out thoroughly, especially when he turned from prophet to fan boy and weaved a Star Wars comparison through an entire chapter. I have to confess that his distaste of Jar Jar Binks didn't hurt his cause to win me to his side of thinking. Battling worldviews is not an easy thing to do, especially when they are ingrained in society from long before we are born or start to care about these matters; but this would be a good resource to begin the dialogue with younger people. These are important details we need to be talking about and discussing.

Rick Nier, Pastor of Youth & Christian Education, Winona Lake Free Methodist Church, Winona Lake, Indiana

Author Jonathan Frisk in his soon to be released new book Broken: 7 Christian Rules that Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible comes out swinging. With no holding back, he takes seven hard jabs at contemporary Christianity and what the church has become. While at some moments bordering on sarcasm and at others downright disgust, the book does a spot-on job using humor and candor to takes on the 7 rules he lays out for us. The book addresses the growing philosophical confusions and various isms: mysticism, moralism, rationalism, materialism and spiritualism, then goes after the two more hidden religious mindsets of religious freedom and ecclesiological restoration. The final chapter finishes the book off well with a challenge for the church to return to her foundations of faith and the Person of Christ. This is not a book you will be handing off to your students, but it makes a great read for anyone leading in a church setting. It is challenging and a bit punch-in-the-gut for those of us who have been around the church for a while, but well worth a read and maybe a second. I appreciate Frisk and what he is trying accomplish in his knuckles-up approach.

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