I was excited about reading Planning Small Groups with Purpose by Steve Gladen, and the book did not disappoint. When planning a small group, two of the things that I would deem most important are whether the participants are learning something and enjoying the group experience as a whole. Fortunately, I found what I was looking for in this book, since Gladner talks about how to invest in God’s Kingdom through small groups while also discussing how to incorporate a group vision and keep the group balanced. I like how Gladen examines the tension between drawing more people into the group and keeping a sense of familiarity in the group. There are many good ways to lead a small group, and I believe that this book offers solid ideas to pave the way in small group planning.