A common thread among Emergents is that they dislike propositions. Therefore, they usually lean more towards narrative preaching from narrative passages of Scripture. Miller reflects this trend. The book is a collection of stories that illustrate a certain theme for each chapter like sin, worship, grace, etc.
Most of the book seems to be random ramblings that at times seem to have no point. Other times, Miller makes an argument. At best, Miller offers a simplistic theology that does not go much deeper than therapeutic, postmodern theology. Perhaps the one bright moment of the book is when Miller discusses the folly of designing the church after the culture. He sees this as ludicrous and a waste of time and energy.
This book mostly illustrates the Emerging Church’s trend of utilizing narrative over propositions. Miller makes his points by telling stories, not by developing an argument. Throughout Emergent literature, sermons, and theology, story is the main vehicle by which to make a point and Miller utilizes it throughout the book. Narrative is a great way to catch the readers attention, but it fails to change lives. For one, the book has very little Bible to offer, and secondly, very little is actually said that it almost appeals to everyone. Perhaps this is why the book has been so successful.