I read many books this last year. I had to read most of them for school. I chose to read other books. It was more difficult to choose a “best book” this year because I read so many good books.
But, I think Reimagining Church by Frank Viola was the best book that I read this year.
Primarily, this book is important because Frank encourages believers to understand the church as an organic entity, not as an organization. While many would agree with this statement, the actions and practices and decisions made by many churches indicate that they do not actually believe it and they do not live it.
The church must learn to serve through relationships with one another and with the world. Currently, too many believers are hiding a lack of relationships through programs and structures.
I encourage everyone to read this book. Even if you are happy with the traditional, institutional model of the church, I believe you can learn from Frank in this book.