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I recall mentioning Mike's previous books to most people I met in London (Like Walker, Ward, etc). I've not read this one yet, but I plan to. Thanks for the review.


Thanks Jonny,

Extensive review... I was drawn to and purchased Michael's book from our trusty local bookseller BUT I always find things to not like as well as like and be turned off by as well as inspired by in Michaels writing... my issue not his...

I have been asking others I trust what they thought before I opened the cover but you have encouraged me to give it a go... a colleague doesn't like the title 'Exiles' and I'm kind of coming to that too... But perhaps I'll read it first as one who I think its addressing!!


Jonny, thanks for the post - since your post I got an email from Mike Frost with a blurb on the book and have since found out it is available in NZ.

Also Jonny, do you know that Alan Hirsch has a book out in the new year -It's called The Forgotten Ways - another one to add to the collection.

John Santic

Thanks for the review jonny. I quite like the exilic hermenutic for the Church today. I look forward to reading it...the Vancouver area in Canada where I reside is in need for some reimagining of what it means to be Church.




I'm about 2/3's through it, and it's great! I was a little intimidated by it's length (300) but it's a really easy read. I knew it was going to be a good read when he quotes Brueggemann, Hauerwas, and Newbigin all in the first chapter.

He has a lot of good stuff to say about worship. He uses the term "Dangerous" throughout the book as a tag word, and I liked how he suggested that the church needs to be producing more dangerous songs. He suggests the movie Once Were Warriors to show how powerful music can be. Maybe a good movie to watch and discuss as a worship team; though it's pretty heavy.

Good review Jonny!


This one's on my wishlist. The idea of 'third places' is something Starbucks in particular picked up on a good while ago now, I've read several articles in which they talk about it being one of their business strategies. Thanks for the book review.

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