The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel
Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that has Abandoned It.
About the Book: Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel invite readers on a journey to uncover Jesus’ seemingly contradictory way to power: weakness.
Why do so many rock-star pastors implode under the spotlight? Why do modern-day churches become so entangled in growing their brand that they lose sight of their true purpose? Because, according to Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, Christians have succumbed to the temptations of power and forgotten Jesus’ seemingly contradictory path to power—first giving it up.
In The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, Goggin and Strobel paint a richly biblical vision of power through weakness. They invite readers to join them on an adventure around the world, seeking out great sages of the faith with uncommon wisdom to offer those traveling the path of Christian life. As readers eavesdrop on the authors’ conversations with people such as J. I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Marva Dawn, John Perkins, Jean Vanier, James Houston, and Eugene Peterson, they begin to piece together the new-old reality of following Jesus today. In the end, The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb offers a compelling vision of the way of Jesus that will challenge both individual believers and the church as a whole.
My Thoughts: When I saw the title of this book, I didn’t think this was at all what it would be about. To be honest I thought it was going to be more about the Christianity movement as a whole, if it should be forceful or soft. However I decided I would review it anyway once I figured out that it is more about the individual person being softer, like a lamb. The advice follows a variety of people and looks at scripture but to be honest it really isn’t for me. While I understand what they are looking to tell you, to go to God and keep away from the temptation of power, it isn’t very motivating and I think could actually header ambitious pastors, who really are doing it for the right reasons. This is a well written thoughtful book, just not one I agree with.