Six weeks ago my friend Dave Gibbons told me he has a new book coming out. I immediately asked for a copy because Dave ALWAYS has a unique insight worth hearing. Honestly, I didn’t even know what the book was about, but I still wanted to read it!
So he sent me an early copy of Small Cloud Rising: How Creatives, Dreamers, Poets, and Misfits are Awakening the Ancient Future Church. A short book, in some ways more of a poem, it captures the readers imagination as it floats through Dave’s thoughts and visions for the future of our life together in the Church.
Wow. All I can say after reading the book is simply WOW. Dave captures the spirit of what it means to be a Church without ever falling into the trap of describing how to do church. Like a poem, the book is sometimes hard to discern, a bit misty, like a cloud. Those who want something tangible, a 12-step program, are going to be disappointed. But those of us who are tired of structural relics and want to better understand the spirit of life together … well, we are going to be challenged and encouraged as we sort through what these visions mean to us.
If you are in church ministry, I recommend the book. You might find it unnerving. You might find it silly (especially if you are not the creative type and crave structure). And you might find it idealistic. But you will not find it boring. You will not find it empty. You will not put it down.
Read it. You’ll see what I mean.