I was given this book by a friend and still enjoyed reading it! Cook (former missionary and now VP for CMA in Canada) gives another emphasis to the old observation that most things die after three generations or cycles. This is true of corporations, visits from relatives and is too often true in church life. Cook is fair in his criticisms and his praises. Notwithstanding his complimentary attitude toward charismatics (who are historically adrift themselves, in my opinion), one can find a number of good illustrations and graphics. The good news from Cook and others should be that local churches do not have to die. Their life comes from the Lord, not from society, against Whom nothing can prevail.