“I Will: Nine Traits of an Outwardly Focused Christian”


by Thom S. Rainer


reviewed by Steve Duncanson

June 11, 2020


Could you be the answer to the problems you see? Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last?

Published:            July 15, 2015 

Length:                 128 pages (hardcover)

Price:                    $8.89 (Amazon)

                              $6.58 (ChristianBook - ebook)

Reader Ratings:    amazon.com:              5.0 stars out of 5 (193 ratings)
                                     ChristianBook.com:     5.0 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)  
                                     goodreads.com:          4.13 stars out of 5 (577 ratings)


About the Author: Thom S. Rainer
Thom S. Rainer is the founder and CEO of Church Answers. Prior to Church Answers, he served as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. He also served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He has been a pastor of four churches and interim pastor of ten churches. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

This is a very quick read but a very thought provoking book.  It is about church goers attitudes. Without the right attitude we may become frustrated with the church and may burnout.  But with the right attitude we can enjoy all the benefits of church membership.

Nancy and I are big believers of Small Group Bible Studies. So I was very interested in the statistics of church membership.  “I Will” states that church goers that get involved in a church group in addition to Sunday Services have a 500% chance of still being a member of the church in 5 years, compared to the Sunday only member.  This additional commitment to the Church can change our attitudes and increase the benefits of church membership significantly.  So every member should attend a Bible Study or get involved in a small group within the church.

“I Will” also talks about Church as not being a Spectator Sport.  We need to get involved.  We need to focus on what Christ has done for us and not any flaws in Church Leaders or the color of the carpets.

“I Will” discusses that it is time for us to be part of the movement where we sacrifice self and the Body of Christ is strengthened.

I hope that you will take the time to read this inspirational book.

PCCC Christian Library:

This book is available in our church library. Members of the education committee operate the library every Sunday after services in Fellowship Hall. At this time, our library is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to re-open soon.
As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, our library will be closed. We hope to re-open when regular Sunday service begins again.
It’s free to church members. We always need books. You can donate your christian books every Sunday.