It’s not often that I get to review a product that considers itself a ministry. But this review is that review. The people behind this ministry understand me. They know that the list of books I have to read will only get longer and longer while my time to read them gets shorter and shorter. Yet they, like I, know that they hold treasure troves of helpful insight for my soul. That’s why Accelerate Books was started.
What Is It?
Accelerate Books is a subscription service (ministry!) geared to those people and pastors that need to benefit from the myriads of books written, but with little time to do so. They provide 20-30 page “briefs” of books that are easy to digest in one sitting. These briefs contain different sections and perspectives on the book they’re clipping.
First is a “Main Idea” section summarizing the broad thesis of the book. After that they tease out Key Insights to connect the main themes of the book into digestible chunks, provide you with quotes to support the insights, as well as questions to help you mull over the content in a meaningful way.
Then, they provide chapter summaries with quotes to get more into the specifics of each chapter. If you don’t want to subscribe, but one of their offerings catches your eye, you can purchase briefs a la carte on Amazon. Once you’ve purchased, or subscribed, you can download the PDF and off you go. Personally, I stash all my PDFs and downloadable .epubs in Google Play Books for easy access.
Use Case For Accelerate Book Reviews
As a bi-vocational pastor and family man, the chasm between my desire to read books and my ability to read books is ever widening. Yet, as a pastor, there are resources that I need for myself, as well as for my people that I should be invested in. Accelerate lets you get the big picture of a book so you can judge the content and trajectory, and help you make adequate recommendations of a book without ever having read it.
Take this into the counseling realm. Someone comes up to you struggling with anger. You talk with them for some time, providing them good, practical, biblical advice, but you want to give them some homework, something for them to mull over on their own.
You know David Powlison recently came out with a book called Good & Angry, but it’s sitting on your shelf and you don’t feel comfortable recommending a book you haven’t read. Well, now you can grab the Accelerate brief, go over it in an afternoon, and come away with a solid recommendation for that person who wants to lose their grip on anger.
Or say a local college group invited you to speak on the existence of God on their campus. You have tons of reference material in your library, but you really just need a quick refresher to get your mind going. Browse Accelerate’s section on Apologetics for a little while and come away ready to get to work (I highly commend Doug Wilson’s Persuasions in this category!).
Further still, a dear brother in Christ comes up asking some deep questions about the nature and character of God. Head to the Theology section, and download R. C. Sprouls phenomenal work The Holiness of God. Now you have sound, bite-sized truths to share with your brother without sounding rushed or trite.
The case studies can go on and on, but you get the picture.
Overall, I highly recommend Accelerate Books. If you’ve never heard of them, head over to their website and subscribe to their email list. They regularly do some killer book giveaways, as well as free book briefs. If you’re a pastor or lay person serving in your local church, this service could be an indispensable tool for your ministry arsenal.
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