Book Review: This Beautiful Mess by Rick McKinley

Rick McKinley is the author of Jesus in the Margins and is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon. Rick speaks around the country on the topics of mission, leadership, and spiritual formation. Rick’s latest book; This Beautiful Mess is a modern approach to the theology of the Kingdom of God.
Originally this book was released in 2006, but this release has a newer hipper cover, an updated preface, three new chapters, and a small group conversation guide which would be great for churches.
This book reminds me of a contemporary version of “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence, or even a companion book to Brian Mclaren’s “The Secret Message of Jesus.” In his book, McKinley shatters the misconceptions around how we interpret the phrase “the kingdom of God” in scripture and gives his readers real and practical ways of living the Kingdm out.
McKinley’s voice is friendly and personable and much of his stories come straight from his working with his Portland church. This is certainly one of those books that could be read again and again.
Thank you to Multnomah Books for this review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review

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