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Growing Up by Robby Gallaty
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Robby Gallaty’s book is the first in a three part series, along with Firmly Planted and Bearing Fruit, about the discipleship process. As might be expected, the first book provides the introductory methods and reasons to begin a discipling group. Discipling is little-practiced in many of our Christian communities, and Gallaty rightly recognizes that proper discipleship training and praxis is transforming both to the individual to whom it applies as well as the overall church and world.

The book is well-made, clearly laid out, and is written in a style that is a combination textbook and workbook for individual and small group study, including exercises for the reader. The book does not have an index, and I deduct one star for this. There is a bibliography and some appendices. The author’s “let’s just do it!” style is evident, and he reminds me of Bill Fay in this respect. This book is written in more of a one-to-one tone as if the reader is listening to a friend, which is wonderful if this is the stylistic the reader seeks/prefers.

This guide takes the reader on a step-by-step journey in creating a discipleship group or “D-group,” as Gallaty terms it. He utilizes lots of anecdotes and mnemonic devices, which is personable and easy to learn. For example, a large portion of the book follows the anacronym “C.L.O.S.E.R.,” which stands for communicate—learn—obey—store—evangelize—renew.

I think this book would appeal to those seeking a workbook/small group study approach to the subject. Those wanting a more scholarly/academic approach to the topic may be better off with some of Greg Ogden’s work such as Transforming Discipleship. Of course, an academic text could be used in tandem with Gallaty’s book, with the former serving as a more in-depth treatment of the topic and the latter as the blueprint for the application of discipleship.
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