I just finished reading Larry Osborne’s Accidental Pharisees. It was entertaining and challenging. I saw myself in every chapter, which sometimes disappointed me and at other times encouraged me. It’s amazing that I can identify with this group of religiously committed men whose name is a byword for hypocrite … but I do. It’s better that I realize it than not.
Having read Osborne’s earlier book Sticky Church, a very practical book on getting people woven into the life of the church for the long-term, I found Accidental Pharisee to be less practical but just as thoughtful and thought-provoking. The writing style is relaxed and at times amusing, but it is the content that makes the book one that I will read again and recommend highly.
If you are a sold-out follower of Jesus, this book speaks to you. If you are someone who struggles to stay faithful, this book is for you. If you are willing to be challenged in your thinking, this book is for you. If you’ve got the Christian life completely figured out and cannot see any area in your life that needs modification … perhaps you need to write your own book, for you wouldn’t feel very satisfied after reading this one.