Along with "The Cost of Discipleship" by Bonhoeffer and "Mere Christianity" by Lewis, "Disciple" is essential reading for any Christian seeking to grow deeper in Christ. This book is so profound, yet so simple, that even those who are seeking will benefit.
Ortiz cleaves to the classic belief that to call oneself "a Christian" means surrendering all to Christ. We die to live. By giving up our corrupted lives we are able to take on His perfect life. The lordship of Christ must reign supreme in the life of the disciple. This runs counter to much of what Christians are hearing in church on Sunday or reading from the Christian bestseller lists. "Disciple" explores all aspects of this surrender and what it means for those of us who are born-again.
Rarely does a Christian book achieve such beautiful lucidity while also being readable by such a large cross-section of the populace. The conversation depicted between the disciple and Jesus on what is required to follow is eloquent, but oh so easy to understand. Theology comes difficultly to many, but not as explained in "Disciple" - it becomes a soul-stirring joy.
By all means, read this book. It is an excellent primer for the new in Christ, and a wonderful refresher course to those of us who have been walking with Christ for many years.
Aside from the Bible, this is certainly the best book ever written. I hate reading, but I picked this book up and began to skim it, then I stayed up until 2:00 in the morning to keep reading it. Then I set my alarm for 5:00 so I could read it some more before school. I think everyone--from pastors to new Christians--can benifit from this book.