This book tells the story of Pastor Steve Palmer and his church in the small Northwest, Michigan town of Hartlin. They face many of the same challenges that we all do, to become the people God has called them and us to become. St. Thomas Church is both fiction and non-fiction. Because the people and many of the places in this book are completely made-up but the message of these parables apply to all of us at one time or another.
This Novel can best be called a pre-church growth book. It does not offer strategies to grow your church but is meant to be used as a mirror in personal devotions and as a small group study to ask where am I or we in relationship to where we ought to be. This book does not promote anything goes mentality but instead promotes being God’s hands, feet and mouth to the world outside our doors not just on Sunday but every second, of every day, of every moment.
This book does this by telling several short stories and then asking questions that are meant to promote discussion and hopefully action (and if needed, change). Now go forth and change your world.