Quit Going to Church

Quit Going to Church

by Bob Hostetler

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ISBN-13: 9780915547708
Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bob Hostetler is a writer, editor, pastor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His twenty-seven books, which include the award-winning ''Don't Check Your Brains at the Door'' (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and ''American Idols,'' have sold over 3 million copies. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, three Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is a co-founder of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron.

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Quit Going to Church 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Nebraska_Girl1971 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The author takes many "church-related" topics and practices and looks at the true Biblical meaning involved in the activity or practice. For example: "Quit Going to Church". He challenges us to "be" the church. Church is not a building. It is a body of believers; and "Quit Helping the Poor". He would like for us not to help the poor, but "move in" to better understand and help the poor, like Jesus.
Organicshoes on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Bob Hostetler has startled us all with his latest title `Quit Going to Church¿ don¿t be thrown off by the title though, this book will take your beliefs to a new level. Those nicely packaged ideas and beliefs of what you should and should not do will be turned on its side and emptied out through each chapter. Just like the title, each chapter will give you a shock and sometimes make you apprehensive to continue reading, do not let that be a reason to stop you. With chapters titled Quit Going to Church, Quit Volunteering, Quit being Nice, and Quit Enjoying the Worship you will be challenged in each chapter realizing that we have allowed culture to define Christianity and fallen into a habit of how we believe we are supposed to act.Hostetler tackles each chapter head on, you will laugh at his wit and humor that is thrown in the most unlikely places, be convicted realizing you¿ve let yourself turn your faith into a habit, and grow in your faith because of this book. Hostetler uses scripture to support each statement and turns to the Bible to answer questions. Hostetler approaches each chapter sharing his own stories and experiences and shares ways to help us refocus and turn our eyes onto the Jesus of the Bible, not the Jesus we have squished into a box to fit into what we want Him to be. This is a very informative read that you will find relatable without feeling condemned. I highly recommend `Quit Going to Church¿This book was provided to me complimentary from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
andyhollums on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I'll agree somewhat with others who have reviewed this book. The title is a little misleading. But it is provocative and I believe it touches on a current going through Christ's church today. There are many believers who are in fact quitting the institutional church, not because they have lost their faith, but because they wish to save their faith. They realize that the modern established church does not match up with the body of Christ as represented by the New Testament. There are numerous ways in which the institutional church has departed from the first century church and Mr. Hostetler actually does touch on several of these. Unfortunately, he does so only nominally. His prescriptions seem to be more attitudinal, rather than behavioral. He doesn't actually want you to stop doing a lot of the things Christians do, he just wants you to think about those things differently. He wants you to keep going to "church", he just wants you to view it differently. His style, like his content, is good, but not earth shattering. The most poignant passage in the book is actually quoted from Tony Campolo. Probably the best advice in the book is in the chapter on worship. Hostetler asks you to quit evaluating worship based on how it affects your spirit. He states correctly that true worship is engaged in for God's benefit. The fact that your spirit is lifted when you worship your Lord is a byproduct, but it should not be the goal. I believe there is a lot of dissatisfaction with the status quo in the institutional church. If you've felt that and this title resonates with you, I would encourage you to read this book. I think it will at least get you thinking in ways you may not have thought before. But I would also encourage you to delve a little deeper. Look into the writing of people like Frank Viola and Milt Rodriguez.
twiga92 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Very readable book regarding how we often go through the motions of Christianity instead of actually following Jesus. With a bold title to get your attention - "Quit Going to Church" - the chapter titles take you aback a bit as well - 'Quit Saying Your Prayers', 'Quit Fellowshipping', etc.The author is not actually saying to stop going to church per se, but rather to not just go to church out of habit or obligation. Same with praying, reading the Bible, etc. Not just doing it as an obligation, part of the Christian life that we signed up for. We need to be engaging with God and other people with authenticity. Not just putting on an act of being nice.My favorite chapter was probably the 'Quit Enjoying Worship'. Too often we make our worship about us - what makes me feel good or what kind of music I like or can best worship with. Worship is not about us!"True worship is worship that focuses on God. On his enjoyment, not ours. That is why I say: quit enjoying worship. Because your worship - if it is truly worship - should be focused not on what you 'get out of it' but on what God gets out of it."We tend to approach worship as consumers, in which the focus is on our experience. Sometimes, even as we claim to be singing for the glory of the risen King, we're actually singing for our own enjoyment and fulfillment."
nirrad on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was well written, and had a great message, I loved the title and the chapter titles as well,.gave an interesting view on how to live according to Christ. and how the church of today reacts. I may propose to do a study on this book as well.