Bolsinger seeks to counter the rampant individualism to which the church has so often capitulated. He offers a view of the Christian life which is grounded in the communal fellowship of the Trinity and reflected in the communal fellowship of the people of God through Word and sacrament.
Here are a couple of snippets to whet your appetite and give you a feel for how the book challenges some of the individualistic tendencies of our culture which have been accepted into the church.
We have ignored the ancient wisdom of sanctification, spirituality, and building community and have focused instead on building crowds of the nominally converted. (p. 32)
Try to find an instance in the Bible in which someone just "accepts Jesus" and then goes merrily on his or her way. It just doesn't happen. Yet that is what so many of us do. We think that salvation consists of intellectual assent to the right statements and a desire to clean up one's act. Well-meaning Christians relegate the church to "support" and "assistance" for the individual journey of following Christ. (p. 72)
Indeed, what we could call an "unchurched Christian" today was considered in the first century to be a person "turned over to Satan." (p. 72)
Bolsinger writes as a Presbyterian, so we don't agree on every theological issue or ecclesiastical practice. However, he has nailed one of the prevailing problems of contemporary evangelicalism - the relegation of the church to secondary status. This is a book worth interacting with.