Review: Better Together: Discover the Power of Community by Rusty George

"If Jesus finds life and mission are better together, shouldn't we?" (62)

Title:  Better Together: Discover the Power of Community
Author: Rusty George
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:  February 6, 2018
Genre: Christian Living / Non-Fiction
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The Surprising Secret to Living a Whole and Healthy Life!

Eat right. 
Share your faith. 
Produce fruit for God. 
Oh, and try to relax. 

Ever feel like success in life is all about you? And even trying to "die to self" only makes you more self-consumed? 

The Bible certainly has a lot to say about "you," but it has even more to say about "us." In fact, there are over 100 passages in the Bible where the two words let us are used. Let us not give up meeting together. . . . Let us encourage one another. . . . Let us serve one another. Could it be that the only way to fix "me" is found in "we"? 

Sure, that all sounds good to the "people persons" among us, but what about those who prefer to go it alone? 

It turns out, the people who think they don't need community may need it most of all! In these pages, pastor Rusty George--a self-proclaimed introvert by nature--gives you the tools to "do life together," whether that feels natural to you or not. He shares such secrets as how to become more vulnerable, how to draw other people into your everyday life, and how to lean on others in times of need. Together we connect with God better. Together we heal better. Together we overcome fears, raise families, fight temptations, and bless the world better.

Learn what it means to live in true community and find the fulfillment you've been looking for!


We're not meant to be alone. Simply said, but in today's society, aren't we all a bit self absorbed? In Pastor Rusty George's Better Together, he encourages, inspires and explains to us why there's power in community.

Community is such a great word. Even for introverts like me, people long to feel connected, wanted and being a part of something, despite our self-focused nature. Yet, it is that self-concerned that hinders us from being truly a part of a community. Right? Well, Better Together gets it, and reminds us what it means, and what it doesn't have to be.  Together isn't only better, it provides the healing and being closer to God we each need.

"Admitting the truth of who we really are is the first step to building real community." (104)

In the section, "Jesus Shows Us the Value of an Imperfect Community" delves a bit into a community that isn't perfect, but there's a reason and value in that. And we don't have to be perfect in order to be a part of a community. It's about who we are, and together, we can journey, grow and maybe be what God meant for us to be - to give back in the way He planned for us.

The author's writing is easy to read and the format applicable with discussion questions at the end of each section. I also like the personal & biblical stories he shared demonstrating his point. Together isn't perfect, but it's always better.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Rusty George is the lead pastor of Real Life Church (RLC) in Valencia, California. Through his 11 years at RLC, the church has grown to over 6,000 people and three campuses. Rusty speaks regularly at conferences across the country, and he lives with his wife and two daughters in Santa Clarita, California.

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