Title: Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are
Author: Leonce B Crump
The book was about: This book is about the theology of staying. Staying put and growing roots in the city where you are. Crump goes into detail about making sure the gentrification doesn’t take over and force the community to change who it is because of the church. He discusses that gentrification does happen and that you can slow the process, but it shouldn’t be to the fault of the church. As my church states, being in the city for the city means recognizing that you are in your city because God has placed you at this time, and in this place for a reason. Meet the people where you are and build with what they love.
I loved: I loved the challenge of this theology. This concept of staying and not forcing to change the culture, but to love the culture until it finds Jesus. My favorite parts of the book were the stories Crump told about his walk and how he has been engaging the Church/community. I wish that there was more story aspect to this book, in addition to the great theological information. With more personal story attached, I feel like I would have been more engaged throughout.
Reading this book made me wonder about: I love my city. I love where I am. This book encouraged me throughout to discover new places in town that I could discover and frequent. Be in the city for the city. Renovate and reinvest. Not renovate, sell and move to the next city over.
Overall, the book was: I give the book 4 out of 5 stars!
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.