Books & Reviews

The Book...

Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture
Zondervan / Leadership Network / Exponential Series


People are hungry to make a difference, yet most don't know where to start. In fact, 'Serving the Least' is often one of the most neglected biblical mandates in the church. Barefoot Church shows readers how today's church can be a catalyst for individual, collective, and social renewal in any context. Whether pastors or laypeople, readers will discover practical ideas that end up being as much about the Gospel and personal transformation as they are about serving the poor.

Drawing from his own journey, Brandon Hatmaker proves to readers that serving the least is not a trendy act of benevolence but a lifestyle of authentic community and spiritual transformation. As Hatmaker writes, 'My hope is that God would open our eyes more and more to the needs of our community. And that we would see it as the church's responsibility to lead the charge.'

What others are saying...

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What others are saying...

"Refreshing. Powerful. Needed. Brandon connects the dots with both philosophic and practical steps to effective impact. Read this and get ready to change." —Jeremie Kubicek, CEO of GiANT Impact and author of national best-seller, Leadership Is Dead.

"Inspiring, direct, courageous, powerful, and timely. Hatmaker "gets it" and gives the modern day church a wake-up call. This "how to" book will certainly encourage anyone who feels, and is willing to embrace, the tension in this call. If you want to join the amazing, scary, awesome, engaging, adventurous, dangerous, passionate and rewarding journey God has in store for you, read this book." —Caroline M. Boudreaux, Founder, The Miracle Foundation

“Barefoot Church is not a book of theory. It reflects the life of one of America's real, on the ground, first world missionary couples. It's a fantastic call to mission and an inspiring paradigm-shifting book to give anyone who says they are followers of Jesus. Brandon challenges pastors, leaders, and every member of the church to action. As someone involved in training people to be on mission, this is a book I would put in the hands of every Forge America resident.” —Kim Hammond, National Director of Forge America

“In Barefoot Church, you'll be challenged to live out the whole gospel in every part of your life. Brandon Hatmaker lays out a theology for helping the underresourced and tells inspiring stories while helping to change the scorecard for the church to live out its mission. If you're serious about living a sent life and sending others you will want to read Barefoot Church.” —Dave Ferguson, lead pastor of Community Christian Church, Spiritual Entrepreneur, NewThing

“Barefoot Church should be every church. Brandon Hatmaker hits the issues on the head and then lives it out in his church. This is not a theoretical book. It will certainly disappoint anyone who is interested in a ‘good read’ about church but disinterested in changing the way they ‘do church.’ It is one that is lived out day by day through Austin New Church where Brandon serves, which is a Barefoot Church indeed. In a day when so many talk about the need to be authentic, accessible to the world, and loving in tangible ways, Brandon lays it out simply, convincingly and with conviction.” —Matthew A. Thomas, Bishop, Free Methodist Church of North America

The Workbook...

BAREFOOT CHURCH PRIMER: An 8-wk Guide to Serving Through Community
Missio Publishing


In Barefoot Church, we read stories of a church that has learned the essential power of serving the poor. We read of the ways that this changed hearts, both the server and the served, and the deep lessons that it taught those who pressed in with humility and determination.

In the Barefoot Church Primer, we’ll look at ways to apply those lessons in the context of a small group or community. It will be a challenging, risky, and ultimately deeply satisfying adventure as we work together to grow and become what God has made us to be.