Martin is a gifted, thoughtful writer, who clearly embraces the power of the carefully written word. He grew up in a Pentecostal preacher's home, and certainly reflects a respect for the Pentecostal tradition, but his writing does not recall the extemporaneous, emotion-laden sermons of a stereo-typical camp meeting. Rather, it reflects a commitment to careful exposition and well-crafted passages.
The book's "hook," that Jesus is the prototype for us as we "become awake to God," doesn't grow into much of a theme, serving more as a background idea. Even after reading the book, the subtitle strikes me as kind of odd. Am I more like Jesus than I thought before? I hate to quibble over a title, but it didn't seem to completely fit. Nevertheless, I have little if any quibble with the content of Prototype. Martin hits on key themes of following Jesus and living together in community.
The accompanying DVD has 6 sessions, each with a 10-12 minute video segment and discussion guide. The artfully produced videos essentially provide an abridgment of a portion of the book, narrated by Martin, along with visuals to illustrate or demonstrate the topic. Prototype is a decent read, with many thought-provoking and challenging passages, but a small-group discussion guided by the videos would be much more enriching than simply reading the book.
Check out Martin's church and personal web sites, and the book web site for sample chapters and videos: