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So You Dont Want to go to Church Anymore [Paperback]

Wayne Jacobsen , Jake Colsen
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Book Description

Sept. 2 2008
Jake Colsen, an overworked and disillusioned pastor, happens into a stranger who bears an uncanny resemblance (in manner) to the apostle John. A number of encounters with John as well as a family crisis lead Jake to a new understanding of what his life should be like: one filled with faith bolstered by a steady, close relationship with the God of the universe. Facing his own disappointment with Christianity, Jake must forsake the habits that have made his faith rote and rediscover the love that captured his heart when he first believed. Case Qty: 20 Compelling and intensely personal, SO YOU DONT WANT TO GO TO CHURCH ANYMORE relates a mans rebirth from performance-based Christianity to a loving friendship with Christ that affects all he does, thinks, and says. As John tells Jake, There is nothing the Father desires for you more than that you fall squarely in the lap of his love and never move from that place for the rest of your life.

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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, and his weekly podcast at 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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read! Feb. 6 2009
I've been struggling for a few years after not attending church regularly and being caught up with legalism, programs, status quo for Christians and not being fulfilled. As I read this book it addressed the core issues and challenged me to go deeper in my relationship with God and let His love truly envelope me ... and learn to trust Him through all the difficult and painful experiences I've had and am in the midst of.
I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who wants to know what true freedom is!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not What you Might Expect Sept. 26 2009
By Bart Breen TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is likely one of the best books I have ever read and I'll tell you why.

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.

Bart Breen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom!! Aug. 31 2008
To anyone who questions their disillusionment with "the church" this book will help them to see that they are not alone. Jake, under the guidance of John, sets off on a journey of discovery ~ a journey to freedom from "religion" and all the expectations that entangle it. As Jake's eyes are open he discovers a "new freedom". Freedom from the fear of men and from obligation to the "institution". From John he learns once again to trust His Heavenly Father for all things and walk out a life of authentic faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful March 25 2014
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Now I read this book sometime back and it offered healing in things God recognized I suffereduunrecognized by others. Books have often offered opportunities in healing and understanding that is not present in those I meet or whom I sought answers from in the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my thinking Jan. 25 2014
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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 tell
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4.0 out of 5 stars So you don't want to go to church anymore Nov. 24 2013
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I am sorry but I have not read this book yet so cannot
give a comment. It does look very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my Pharisean spirit Sept. 24 2013
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If you've been saved for a while and you're at a point of being so sick of doing Church this book is for you. This story grabbed me where my heart was at. Desiring so much to follow hard after God but so sick of the do's and don't of chuch. Living under condemnation all the time because I just didn't feel like I measured up. Never knew enough of the Bible even though I spent hours studying and Learning. Then I discovered this book and Grace. Yahoooooo! I have been set FREE to live and to love for Christ. Not some dried up old religion but I know that my Saviour lives and He has a plan for my life. Now walking it out by His Spirit and His Amazing Love for me. Thank God for this book and thanks Wayne Jacobsen for writing it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Insightful Read March 16 2013
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This book was recommended to me by someone on our church board. At first I was skeptical that it would just be another church bashing book, but was pleasantly surprised by the author's ability both to draw the reader in as well as to argue for an encounter with Christ beyond the patterns of religious adherence.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reorienting!
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 3 months ago by Brad Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book that will change a lot of your views about the Church
This is a book that can change your views on your Church and your relationship with God. The author tells a story of a mysterious man that helps a Pastor in a small Church to deal... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2012 by mencio vidal
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!
I really enjoyed this book, I did not know what to expect but at this point of my spiritual walk I felt this book was Divinely timed to cross my path. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2012 by Arius
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening experience
I really enoyed this book. It helped me to deal with and also validated some of the struggles I was experiencing as a regular church goer. Read more
Published on May 8 2011 by Jackie
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to follow through
There are some positive aspects to this story. The authors use the presence of a mysterious, apostle-like figure who drifts in and out of meetings with a disabused pastor to make a... Read more
Published on May 7 2011 by SnowPharoah
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read. Powerful and enlightening!
This is a book with a simple story, but the story really isn't that simple. The story is presented with a simplistic plot, a man struggling with his faith finds what he believes to... Read more
Published on April 1 2011 by raven
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written
This is a really good book. Not church bashing but really hits what is wrong with organized religion. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2011 by darlene
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Out of the religion box, but inside the Christianity love and grace. Just a great reading time, nice fiction with lots of learning in it. Don't miss "The Shack" too. ;)
Published on Sept. 16 2010 by GAC
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