Book Review: Kingdom Works
Bart Campolo, Kingdom Works (Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Publications, 2001), 146 pages
This is a short book of real life stories and reflections by Bart Campolo, the son of Christian sociologist Tony Campolo. Bart writes of his experiences and things he learned as a leader in Mission Year, an outreach organization mostly to the poor and those who chose to be rebellious.
Mission Year recruits young people who give a year of their lives to camp out in neighborhoods they would almost never experience. The purpose is to win the lost and to learn about life in that process.
Campolo writes a charming and challenging series of vignettes that are easy to read. I read the book in less than an hour. Someone gave it to me and I am pleased that he did for I would not have purchased it. If someone gives a copy to you, you also will enjoy it. You will not find anything deep, but many heart-warming stories and a chance to think. If you have a young person in your household, you might leave a copy in their way. Who knows, they may give a year to live somewhere in a ghetto and themselves begin reflecting Jesus more clearly through their own refining process.
Reviewed by H. Murray Hohns
For more information about Mission Year online, visit: www.missionyear.org
H. Murray Hohns is a retired civil engineer and technical writer. He is an ordained Foursquare minister, an instructor at Pacific Rim Bible College in Hawaii, serves on his denomination's national financial council, and is a regular contributor to PNEUMA REVIEW and PNEUMA INFORMER.
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