It’s difficult to merely read Francis Chan’s latest book, Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples. That’s because the well-known author, speaker, and church planter helps his readers experience the material. Chan grabs the casual passerby and forces him to sit down for a meaningful chat over a cup of coffee. And by the time you’ve taken the last sip, he’s convinced you to personally flag down someone else to keep the conversation going.
If you scanned Multiply or only gave it a casual reading, you missed the point and need to return for a second pass.
Chan covers many things you might expect in a book on discipleship, but there are also several elements unique to this genre. I’ll consider three such highlights before concluding with what Chan is not attempting to accomplish.