Reviewer

Jonathan Griffiths is an ordained Foursquare minister and FMI missionary to Great Britain.

  Who it's for

Pastors and other believers who want to help people grapple with questions of faith

  Details

  • Price: $14.99
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Format: 256 pages, softcover and e-book

Author Dennis Covington once wrote: “Mystery is not the absence of meaning, but the presence of more meaning than we can comprehend.” But what happens when we cease to believe in mystery?

Typically, we stop asking questions. This is something that Tom Hughes, author of Curious: The Unexpected Power of a Question-Led Life and co-lead senior pastor of Christian Assembly (Christian Assembly L.A. Foursquare Church) in Los Angeles, would find disastrous for living and leading.

This book, described by Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr. as “deeply insightful and creative,” is an attempt to recapture the power of a question-led life. Given the vagaries of many postmodern approaches to theology and praxis, you could be forgiven for passing over a work that focuses on the process of questioning things. Passing over this book, however, would rob you of a rich resource. 

Remaining humble enough to ask questions is not the same as declaring truth as unknowable. Are you curious enough to look further?

Tom writes in a very approachable style. His knowledge of Scripture and theological soundness shine throughout but never become cumbersome. Along the way, he shares stories and anecdotes about his own life and experiences as a leader and a questioner. The book ends up being a winsome blend of theology and biography, explaining and exampling the concepts detailed in its pages.

Curious is written in two parts. The first is a study of Jesus’ own use of questions, and how the right question can provoke faith. The second part asks questions about life as a Jesus-follower.

This latter section covers matters of identity, community, diversity and legacy, showing how far-reaching this leading through questions can be. Both sections address two groups of people: those who want to grow in their own understanding of life as a Jesus-follower, and those who want to influence and help others in that journey.

I would recommend this book to every believer, and especially to leaders. The questions raised and the methodology explained could be transformative in every area of life and ministry.