Book Review: I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian by Thom Rainer

I Will Rainer

In I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian, Thom Rainer seeks to further explore the role of a believer within the context of the church, which he began in I Am a Church Member.  Rainer’s goal in this book is to practically challenge and equip church members to engage in the mission and ministry of the local church.

I Will is an important book in that Rainer is challenging the consumerism that so often marks the American church goer.  In a consumeristic society, it is easy for the focus to be on the individual instead of the collective body of the local church.

The areas of practical application that Rainer explores are worship, discipleship, service, missions, and giving.  The book also explores the mindset shift that is required for someone to embrace an attitude of service and investment as opposed to the attitude of consumerism and entitlement.

I Will is a short and important book about the important shift from going to church versus being the church and joining God on His mission through the local church.  Rainer’s biblically grounded and practically illustrated approach help make this an accessible book about an important topic.