Thursday, August 16, 2007

Book Review: Peppermint-Filled Pinatas

Since I have been reading so many different books about ministry and theology recently, it seemed like a good idea to share my thoughts and reflections about the books I've been reading. There are so many great books out there, but there's a lot of useless or mediocre books to sort through before finding many of the good ones. My hope is to contribute to the growing online customer reviews out there and maybe help someone find a book they might never have picked up.

Peppermint-Filled Pinatas: breaking through tolerance and embracing love, is written by Eric Michael Bryant, part of the leadership team at Mosaic in Los Angeles. Bryant's overall message is about creating a community of love and reconciliation, not allowing racial, social, political, or cultural boundaries to divide people. He proposes an apologetic of love, encouraging followers of Jesus to actively embrace people who are different and share the love of Jesus with them through relationships.

This book's message of reconciliation and love gets me excited, because so often the church creates even
more barriers and boundaries in its own Christian subculture. Bryant speaks of followers of Jesus seeking to create friendships with those around them: neighbors, co-workers, people at the gym, etc. It's not about creating friendships with a hidden agenda of "getting 'em saved," but rather starting a relationship based on love in order to show people who Jesus is. Bryant shares stories of many different people coming from diverse backgrounds coming to know Jesus through friendships.

To be honest, I didn't feel the book had the strongest writing. Each chapter does not seem to tie together as a whole package very neatly or clearly. Sometimes the ideas feel scattered. But the overall message of breaking down boundaries in order to love people comes through clearly. I would read this book again just for the stories of broken people encountering Jesus through a friendship.

Check out Mosaic and Eric Bryant here and here.


  1. Thanks for reviewing my book! I posted your review on my blog. Enjoy Labor Day weekend!

  2. Eric-
    Thanks for writing your book! The message of breaking through social barriers with love is important. Thanks for communicating that message creatively.