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So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore: An Unexpected Journey

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15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

The title is one that is odd to be found in the Christian reading section, but it says what most of us are afraid to admit.

I thought this book was absolutely amazing. It was one of the first books in a long time that I didn't want to put down. I felt guilty for even picking it up because of the title. It is not one of the typical "church-bashing" books. Sometimes, when you read books th...
I thought this book was absolutely amazing. It was one of the first books in a long time that I didn't want to put down. I felt guilty for even picking it up because of the title. It is not one of the typical "church-bashing" books. Sometimes, when you read books that think differently from the "traditional" church institution, they can lean more towards bashing, but this one does not. It tells a beautiful story of the hearts and good intentions of people who love the Lord, but who often get stuck in the routine of church-going, thinking, acts, etc...It's a wonderful read. My words can't do it any justice. You have to read it for yourself.d

posted by BlessedT on October 27, 2009

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8 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

The book uses questionable logic

Ok, i suppose i have a few positives and several negatives. I guess ill start with the positives. Despite the fact that i found myself in profound disagreement with ¿John¿ on several issues, there are some excellent points he makes that can serve to caution us to examin...
Ok, i suppose i have a few positives and several negatives. I guess ill start with the positives. Despite the fact that i found myself in profound disagreement with ¿John¿ on several issues, there are some excellent points he makes that can serve to caution us to examine our motives. He also reminds us not to allow ourselves to just become part of the ¿machinery.¿ I get the impression that the book was written with great sincerity and with the intent to free people. That being said¿ I tend to think that the general theme of the book was rather simplistic and gave evidence of the authors¿ predisposition to blame the contemporary church for almost every problem or dysfunction in the life of the church members. Disillusioned?¿Obviously your church has failed to provide an authentic forum for faith. Bitter?¿Must be because you were manipulated and used by self righteous power mongers. Stressed? ¿Must be because the church is pulling you one way while God is beckoning you in another. They fail to address these states of being as a common to the human condition. The book implies progressive freedom from such problems, only once freed from the bondage that church imposes. I say, the church is filled with people, people are flawed and sinful, therefore chuch is not without baggage. Can churches be found that reflect their jaded characiture of hypocrital religion? Sure. Do all or even most churches operate with such mercenary motives? I strongly doubt it. I know a good deal of people that strike me as sincerely wanting to serve others. I dont get the impression that they are part of some grand shame-management scheme. I honestly believe they have, in their zeal to shed light on the ¿scheme¿ of organized religion, used a straw man argument. They address only the easiest church stereotypes. The ¿worship¿ song that Jake overhears has questionable lyrics that are easy to critque. Convenient that they didnt overhead ¿On Christ the solid Rock i Stand.¿ It would have been much more difficult to illustrate the shallowness of church with it. When Jake¿s former church grew it was because two other churches were ¿hemmoraging¿ as one pastor left scandal-ridden and the other left for a larger congregation. It would have been much more difficult to explain the church growth had there been no scandal to refer to. The authors set up straw man after straw man and then knock them down. I was rather disappointed because the discussion could have been so much more engaging but for me, it ended up being profoundly frustrating.

posted by Anonymous on July 31, 2008

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    So you don't want to go to church anymore...or do you?

    Excellent book. Finally, someone has articulated and a very easy, enjoyable style, a lot of what I've felt for years. This book will challenge you to stop thinking about church as a building or a Sunday morning social event, and look at what God is actually calling you to - a relationship. This book may shake up a few long-held views, cause you to question things you've been told, and may, if you're lucky, help you to leave some of the guilt trips behind. But it will definitely draw you into looking at your faith and considering what an intimate relationship with a living God is all about. I recommend it for all who are searching and even more for those who don't think they are.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    OUTSTANDING, CHALLENGING, INSIGHTFUL

    This book speaks to many of my personal concerns with the practices in churches in the West. The story line is intriguing - a real page turner. The authors really challenged me to consider why so much emphasis is put on church programming and 'doctrine' rather than relationships. Is the church in the West really fulfilling what Jesus commanded? Are we individually willing to step out of the box and ask Jesus to give us a fresh perspective on what it looks like to follow Him?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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