Book Review: Upward, Outward, Inward

Mitsuo Fukuda’s book, “Outward, Upward, Inward” is a great book for sharing a simple, effective method for disciple multiplication. As a church planter, I welcome books that highlight where God is working to build His kingdom. The Japanese church is growing and several small church networks are making a tremendous impact on converting others to Christ.

When I read books like this, I appreciate brevity. So many publishers take a great idea or two from someone and then fill the pages with fluffy anecdotes that do little to add to the meat of the ideas in the book. Thankfully Wide Margin Books didn’t take that route. The publisher, a small firm operating out of the United Kingdom, made this book available to me in ePub format for my Sony Reader for $5 and it’s a bargain for all the good information this book has.

Fukuda’s insights stem from his experience in planting a network of micro churches in Japan and his way of discipling new believers is shared in detail here. Roughly two-thirds of the book is centered around the process itself (which is where the title of the book comes from) while the remaining third of the text focuses on the all important task of leadership development.

Fukuda borrows liberally from other well-known micro-church practitioners like Neil Cole but has tweaked the ideas to bring uniqueness to the text. This isn’t a simple re-working of another person’s idea but a way of thinking about discipleship that allows a pastor to pass on an easy to remember set of principles to future leaders.

In every aspect of his way of discipling new believers (and training leaders) Fukuda focuses on the Upward, Outward, Inward philosophy he shares in the book. I like this idea for one simple reason. RETENTION. It’s easy to remember the steps that he shares here. And in each idea he goes back to the title philosophy so once you actually DO the steps, they become easier to remember and the ideas become more a part of your unique personality. That’s what I like about the simplicity here. ANYONE can do this if they take the time to remember three basic points.

I give a thumbs up to this one. A quick, thoughtful, meaty little book with good ideas to consider. The eBook formats are available for any reading device you have or you can order a traditional paper copy of this text for a few dollars more. The price was well worth the book! You can buy “Upward, Outward, Inward” direct from Wide Margin Books at their website. You can also pick it up from our good friends at CMAResources by clicking this link.

Book Review: Upward, Outward, Inward

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