So You Dont Want to go to Church Anymore Paperback – Sep 2 2008
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About the Author
Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman are longtime friends, former pastors, and current ministers in the name of Jesus. Formerly a contributing editor to Leadership Journal, Wayne has written numerous books on Christianity. You can find his other books, blog, and articles at lifestream.org, and his weekly podcast at thegodjourney.com. Wayne lives in Moorpark, California, with his wife, Sara. Dave Coleman is a retired hospice chaplain who continues to teach and counsel people on how to live closely with Jesus. Dave lives in Visalia, Caifornia.
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I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who wants to know what true freedom is!
I've been all about the Church for most of my life. I've been a pastor, a denominational official, a Church Administrator, an Elder, a Chairman of the Board and while I'm not currently in a formal Church Ministry role, I'm finishing up a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership and writing a Master's Thesis on Leadership Styles and impact within the organization of the Church.
On some levels, I'm sick and tired of the organization of the Church. Many of the criticisms leveled at it for being impersonal, political, manipulative, disingenuous and full of petty people are unfortunately true. There are literally millions of people who comprise the walking wounded who have brushed paths with many Churches and have sworn that they are never going back to such a place because it is full of hypocrites and toxic people.
I understand that. I'm reminded of the man who said all the things above to his wife and ended up with the comment, "And I'm never going back there again." His wife responded, "But you have to go back. You're the Senior Pastor ......"
For all who have felt this way, this book is for you.
Through the masterful use of dialogue in the context of a fictional setting with a pastor who has been wounded, this book touches on all these themes and brings the reader through to the end with an alternative view of Church.
It's not about the organizational Structure. Some imagine that if we just structured the Church right the problems would be solved. I can vouch from a level of involvement that exceeds many, that sadly this is not the case.
The church will never be perfect in this age because I am not perfect.
What is needed is a new view and understanding of the Church. This book does an excellent job of illustrating where hope lies.
I recommend it highly! 5 Stars.
It is fiction and needs to be read like that, but I would recommend this for anyone who feels like the patterns of church they have given themselves to are not drawing them closer to God.
institutionalized religious setting.This book has helped turn my mourning into dancing and has contributed to my returning to a desire to serve God and trust him in a new (to me) and different way. Christians! walk away from the brick and mortar fortress and go walk with Jesus.
Find out daily what he wants you to do.
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One of the better books I have read on really seeing the journey you are on with the Lord. It's not in a building and church attendance. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Drew Stenway
I have read this book myself, and then purchased this one as a gift. I highly recommend this book on so many levels. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Harnish
I liked this book because it brings all the excuses we use out into the light and examines them individually and honestly.Published 11 months ago by Susan Robertson
A great reminder of many things we know or should know about God's character but struggle life long to live in the truth of.Published 18 months ago by Brad Spencer
Now I read this book sometime back and it offered healing in things God recognized I suffereduunrecognized by others. Read morePublished 23 months ago by youshi56
This book is exceptional. It is a superb look at our relationship with Father God and what it can be. It is a well written and engaging story - much like what Jesus would tellPublished on Jan. 25 2014 by Wes and Sue Carlisle
I am sorry but I have not read this book yet so cannot
give a comment. It does look very interesting.