Mere Discipleship: Growing in Wisdom and Hope

Reviewed by: G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, IN.



Title: Mere Discipleship: Growing in Wisdom and Hope

Author: Alister E. McGrath

Publisher: Baker Books (Baker Publishing Group)

Publication Date: January 1, 2019

Format: Paperback

Length: 176 pages


“‘Discipleship’ is not a biblical term,” McGrath notes in his introduction. “It is, however, most certainly a biblical theme.” He proceeds to explain that discipleship means developing a truly profound faith, going deep into the intellectual and spiritual treasures that Christianity provides. He then examines different aspects of pursuing deep faith, including the value of the Christian community and great Christians like C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers whom readers can look to as examples.

Each chapter is an edited version of an essay or talk McGrath gave in the past, not unlike the contents of C. S. Lewis’ book God in the Dock. Consequently, it’s not so much an ordered explanation of discipleship as much as a collection of thoughts on the topic. However, each thought turns out to be well worth reading. McGrath gives practical, empowering advice on how to pursue deep faith and points out areas the church needs to work on to help members pursue it better.


Rating (1 to 5 stars)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

Christians interested in spiritual and intellectual growth.

Christian Impact

This book will give readers plenty to think about regarding what next steps they should be taking to grow their faith.



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Mere Discipleship: Growing in Wisdom and Hope

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