Kristyn Komarnicki reviews David Apple’s Not Just a Soup Kitchen

Minister of mercy: That has been David Apple’s title and job description for over 25 years at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. His new book, Not Just a Soup Kitchen, recounts his painful childhood (disfiguring accident, childhood sexual abuse) and challenging early adulthood (loneliness, substance abuse, and depression), all of which proved to be powerful teachers of compassion.

Minister of mercy: That has been David Apple’s title and job description for over 25 years at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. His new book, Not Just a Soup Kitchen, recounts his painful childhood (disfiguring accident, childhood sexual abuse) and challenging early adulthood (loneliness, substance abuse, and depression), all of which proved to be powerful teachers of compassion.

Apple describes how the church’s ministry of mercy was born and eventually grew to be a recognized force for restoration in the community.  The book is easy to read and full of great stories, but its best feature is the practical advice Apple offers to any person, group, or church interested in starting or improving holistic ministry efforts. He discusses the power of partnering with other ministries and the necessity of healthy boundaries when in ministry.  (read FULL ARTICLE.)