Spader, Dann. Walking as Jesus Walked – making Disciples the Way Jesus Did. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2011. 192 pp. $16.99. Purchase at Amazon for less or for Kindle for only $1.99.
Dann Spader is founder and director of Sonlife Ministries, an inter-denominational ministry dedicated to raising up leaders to be disciple makers in order to equip the next generation of leaders to do the same. He has more than twelve years of pastoral care experience as well. You can read more about this work at WalkingAsJesus.com.
This is not a book to read as much as it is a book to study. To that end, it is divided into a 5-day a week, 10-week study. Each week has a “getting started” section that introduces the primary topic for the week’s study. Each day is introduced with a story that builds into the lesson what has already been learned and what will be discovered that day. There are verses of Scripture to look up and questions to answer specifically about disciple making. Each day ends with a section “for deeper reflection” which helps to further drive home the lesson.
As studies go, this work is well-written. It is driven by Scripture and not by man. Sure there are stories and such, but, the points that are made come straight from Scripture. There are many blank lines in the book which shows that that reader must wrestle and interact with the Scripture passages being discussed. Each lesson takes as much time as you want to put into it. The lessons are written with a purpose and by the end of the 10-week study, you will have learned what it means to be a disciple-maker from a biblical perspective (is there any other perspective?)
If you are wanting to study this subject, the Kindle edition for $1.99 is a great place to begin. There is a movement afoot in the church to focus on disciple-making, this resource should certainly be added to the list of acceptable works to that end.