Though Hall's analysis has drawn fire from multiple sides, I found the review intriguing and clear. He places the books in dialogue and uses the contrast both to show why he used to consider himself "emerging" and no longer does as well as highlighting the strengths of each book as an opportunity to reshape the current dialogue.
Hall is clear about his own vantage point, but is appropriately critical of both books:
Based on the title, I expected Driscoll to pop the cork on an enduring theology that over time increases in flavor and potency. But the book was more flat Coke than fine wine.
The New Christians gave a true and honest depiction of the emergent church movement. That’s not to say it was an attractive picture. I felt Jones presented himself and the movement as condescending, contradictory, and closed.