Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

The index question

One of the questions about The Blogging Church that needs to be answered this week is whether it should have an index. Most of you are avid readers and more than a few have written books yourselves. Do you have an opinion on this one?

My instinct is to not have one. There is a small expense involved (it is usually created by a professional), but the main reasons are: I rarely use an index, the chapters are very specific and self-contained, and I've read a number of non-fiction books recently that didn't have one.

On the other hand, an index is still quite common and I assume many people rely on it.

Here's your chance to be heard! What do you think? Yes or no?