(Book review) The Trust Protocol: The Key to Building Stronger Families, Teams, and Businesses

Reviewed by: Kayla Houvenagle, a professional writing major at Taylor University



Title: The Trust Protocol: The Key to Building Stronger Families, Teams, and Businesses

Author: Mac Richard

Publisher: Baker Books

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Print book

Length: 172 pages


The Trust Protocol asks what would happen if Christians started trusting people without time to build it up, and if such a thing is even possible. 

Mac Richard, a pastor and father, introduces the lifestyle he gradually discovered and currently strives to use. He reveals pieces of his life while explaining why Christians should actively decide to trust people before they know if a person is deserving. While there’s the risk of trust being broken, Richard argues that the closeness this approach brings to relationships is more than worth the risk. He applies this advice to all relationships, ranging from marriage to the workplace. The book is full of authenticity. It uses stories from Richard’s life and multiple Bible references to support its ideas.

Despite the good ideas and interesting references to life and the Bible, a story occasionally crops up that doesn’t connect to the point being made. Additionally, Richard focuses on why The Trust Protocol should be used, but he does this to the exclusion of explaining how to practice it in daily life.  


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Suggested Audience

The Trust Protocol is aimed at Christians with children at home. However, the book would be useful to any Christian adult who wishes to make his or her relationships deeper.  

Christian Impact

The book urges Christians to become more openly trusting to provide a witness for God in the world.  

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