Book Review: Trolls and Truth


Dorrell, Jimmy. Trolls and Truth: 14 Realities About Today’s Church That We Don’t Want to See. Birmingham, Alabama: New Hope Publishers, 2006, 215 pp.

Trolls and Truth is an excellent book written by the man who pastors The Church Under the Bridge. This church meets right where the name implies—underneath a bridge. While the church is comprised of a varity of different people from all different walks of life, there is a large number of people who are homeless or have been homeless in the past. It is through the stories of some of these people that Jimmy Dorrell conveys some areas that the church could presently use some improvement.

I absolutely loved this book. One of the features that I truly enjoyed about this book was the way Mr. Dorrell would tell the story of someone that related to the truth he wanted to communicate. Then, he would look at this truth through the lens of Scripture. Finally, he would close with some discussion on how the church is dysfunctional in this area and some ways to truly improve in biblically living the truth as the church. Any church or ministry interested in reaching out to the community around them in a way that will make a difference in people’s lives should read this book. This book doesn’t promote a “go out and volunteer” method of ministering in the community, but more of an “invest in people’s lives” method that will truly bring hope and healing to people lacking one or both in their lives.

This is a book that should be on everyone’s “to read” list. You can purchase it at Amazon.com or from the WMU by clicking the photo at the top of the post.
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