I originally picked up this book because I have had an abiding interest in all things Celtic for many many years, and thought that this book looking at a particularly Celtic model of ministry would be a very interesting read. There is much wisdom to be found in this book – some of which I have already shared on my blog – but alas there is also much that I found disturbing and unappealing in this book, most of which was found in the second half of the book.
The writer, Jerry Doherty, clearly has a grasp on the nature of Celtic Christian community and what made it so powerful a presence in the Celtic world, particularly in Ireland. This grasp is clearly demonstrated in the first four chapters of the book, in which Doherty draws from the Celtic understanding of Christian community a number of characteristics that could be of benefit if applied to the contemporary Christian Church.
The application of these characteristics by Doherty to the contemporary Church however relies heavily on some questionable sources and potential gaps in argumentation, which essentially renders this part of the book hard to grasp, and, in my opinion, even harder to implement. Combined with a large number of grammatical errors, missing or extra words, and sentences with words in the incorrect order, make this book less than what I had hoped it might be.