The Power of Together: Discover the Christian Life You’ve Been Missing by Jim Putman is an excellent book for Christians looking for a deeper sense of relationship and belonging and for church leaders hoping to develop such a culture.
The author does a great job of laying out the struggles that we have as individuals longing for relationship, love, and family. Then the book portrays how God established the church as the answer to those struggles.
Putman displays the ups and downs of the realities of life in the church – acknowledging some abuses done by some churches/leaders – but also calls the individual to look at their own hearts and issues with going deep in relationships.
The book goes beyond offering techniques and systems to be employed by churches and individuals, but points to our ultimate satisfaction in Christ and motivation in Christ for these relationships that we long for as humans made in the image of God.
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