I’m grateful to author, speaker and Lifeway leader Michael Kelley for opting an interview with me on his blog, Forward Progress.
Below is my response to his question, “Explain the title of the book. Why do you call Jesus a super center Savior?”
Great question. First of all, the message of the book is that life is “super when centered on the Savior.” The title of the book is intended to communicate two things:
1. Our society is consumed with consumerism. It’s best evident in the presence of retail super centers that dot the landscape. We love our stores big, with lots of options, full of shiny new things. We want to be able to buy our underwear and our lettuce in the same place. We’re addicted to convenience.
2. Our society needs a Savior. We cannot meet our needs by buying our way out. The book is a comparative analogy of the church and Walmart that is both thought-provoking and playful. Its audience is Christians and church leaders who have allowed ministry to become mundane and have lost the joy of living in-between Sundays for the glory of God.
Stop by his blog and read the whole interview and help spread the word about Super Center Savior.
Michael has a new book coming out in September called Boring: Finding an Ordinary God in an Extraordinary Life. Can’t wait to read it!
A new book sharing and blogging site called BookLikes is live. It offers some promising new features that folks may want to check out. If you don’t like the fact that Amazon is snapping up sites like Shelfari and GoodReads, BookLikes may be a great place for you.
Many thanks to “so many books, so little time” for writing a nice, brief review on Booklikes. Here’s an excerpt:
The sad fact is, as Jeff pointed out, that our communitites would be impacted more by the closing of Wal-Mart than by the closing of a church. The book was witty and easy to relate to.
Mario Russo wrote a great review of the book on The Identity Shift site. Here’s an excerpt:
Super Center Savior is a helpful challenge to live like Christ. It is not a theologically weighty book and could be easily read in an evening. Every person, from a small town to a big city, will be able to relate to the Wal-Mart analogy. And every person, from a small town to a big city, can put into practice a few important changes in their life that can result in a significant impact for the work of Christ.
Thanks to Cody Davenport for his review on Amazon:
Great little book, written to be a short read and capture your attention. I highly recommend buying this book, reading it and then passing it on, because it has a message that needs to be heard by todays ‘church folk.’
Many thanks to Amy Lawson of Snoodlings for posting her fantastic review of the book on multiple sites. Catch up with it at GoodReads.