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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (18 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910053945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910053942
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A member of the Evangelical Alliance council, Carl Beech is an enthusiast for Japanese motorbikes and an endurance cyclist. After earning a degree in engineering, he worked variously as a financial consultant, church planter, youth worker, and senior pastor of a large multi-congregation church.


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To many the established Church in the UK is staid, boring and has no relevance to contemporary life. However, Darren Edwards shows that it is not necessarily what one says but the way the message is said. Those who wish to encourage others to join the Church, especially those seen as disadvantaged, to lead a faith filled life need to look long and hard at the way they welcome and treat others, becoming less prescriptive and legalistic by forcing newcomers to adhere to middle-class norms and quite often alienating them.

Throughout Chav Christianity, the reader is urged to accept the working-class church member without judging them negatively. This interesting book concisely highlights the diversity of the domestic and familial standards between the classes and the more open and sharing way of life often found in working class communities. The latter part of the book looks at the popularity of the Welsh Revival showing the effect of preachers like Evan Roberts, asking if such another revival could have a similar affect now and rally the working class in church together, showing that the Word is real for everyone and can be applied at all times.

Darren Edwards makes a clear and valid point, because one can easily see the subconscious conformity to perceived middle-class norms by newcomers in most churches, sometimes forcing members to show an alternative face for when attending church and possibly leaving others to fall away. Nevertheless, in the same way that many churches are now attracting and keeping younger members, by adapting their style in presenting the message – this can easily be applied to churches in working class areas. Churches should not be just for an hour a week and a select few, but welcome, incorporate and involve all of the community, for most, if not all of the week without shunning those who are just different and possibly in need.
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This is a brilliant book. It challenges you to look at yourself in a much more honest way. I know the definition of CHAV is Council House and Violent but I would like a big poster with that title with the word Violent crossed through and VALUABLE written above it. We are all Chavs and Jesus the best of all!!! Do read it. It has made me feel great. And with a big smile. That's gotta be good.
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A book for provoking real thought about drawing all people into worship. So many churches are snobbish,middle class preserves without space for another type of believer. I learnt and felt a lot after reading this book which made me eager to draw on its honesty.

If only my adopted Church of England would take some of its practices and measure them against the attitude and insight this book shares!
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Fantastic, Chav, Church Leader, Follower of Jesus or none of the above this is certainly the book for you. What Darren brings causes you to take a long hard look at yourself. Chav's are often looked down on and frowned upon, they are seen as the trouble makers of society. But infact when you get to know the heart and true lifestyle of a Chav, you get to see they really are awesome people. Chav's just like anyone else have their faults, but Jesus came to help and die for all not just the middle and upper class people of society. I have a new found love for all Chav's far and wide, and it is my prayer that as you read the pages of Darren's book you too will come out the same.
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A very accessible way into thinking about working class church. This will change many of the baptism visits I do and the services I lead for those families
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Loved this book. Factual, honest and easy to read (for us chavs).

Thank you Darren Edwards. I would like to see more like this.
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