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Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage (Growing Deeper) by [Zondervan]
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Why are there so many more professing Christians than churchgoing Christians? Is it because something is wrong with the church? Perhaps that's part of the picture. But Philip Yancey insists there is another part. In this candid, thought-provoking account, he reveals the reasons behind his own journey back from skepticism to wholehearted participation in the church, and weighs the church's human failings against its compelling excellencies as the body of Christ.

About the Author

Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website: www.philipyancey.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (23 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TFE2E8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
Everyone who has attended church with regularity can understand boredom and indifference among the congregants. Services are often not conducive to worship. Avoiding an abstract, depersonalized discussion of the matter, Philip Yancey relates his own reflections and experiences during his Christian pilgrimage. Rather than going to church services wondering how they will minister to US, we should go to church services to worship GOD. Our attention should be directed outward ("How did God view my worship?") rather than inward ("I got nothing out of that church service.") Sometimes, perhaps most times, we have to conduct our worship of God DESPITE being in church. But that is what we should do.
I liked this personalized and down-to-earth approach of one layman talking to another. (One is reminded of C.S. Lewis's REFLECTIONS ON THE PSALMS where Lewis says he is not presuming to instruct, he is merely comparing notes, like two school boys talking shop and helping each other over difficulties their schoolmaster has long forgotten about.) I enjoyed Eugene Peterson's Foreword too. This easily readable book (only 100 pages long) is good for personal reading as well as group discussion.
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This had to be Yancey's quickest "read." In his three chapters he gives all those who are cynical about the church a view of the church that is refreshing. He reminds the reader of what the church CAN be and what difference it can make. The second chapter had to be the most innovative (as Yancey always is) with his contemporary images of the church, describing the church the way the apostle Paul might if he were writing in the late 20th century. After reading the chapter I am no longer ashamed to admit that I too have a "crutch" faith. In his 3rd chapter, Yancey meanders and doesn't conclude with a bang. The climax is found right in the middle of this short book. If you have a friend who lives by the motto: "Jesus, Yes...Church, No." please get them this book.
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For those on the inside who wonder what the church is doing, and those on the outside who criticize the church for not doing better, this book is highly recommended. In his musings, Yancey is insightfully aware of the foibles and and foibles of the church in all of it's humanness, yet he also declares that the church is the means God has chosen to be in the world today. As he wrote in "What's So Amazing About Grace," "I left the church because I found so little grace there. I came back because I found grace nowhere else." I'm buying a copy for each member of the session.
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This book fails to convince the reader why a Christian should bother going to church if he has no one there to fellowship with. The church should be the ideal place for lonely and abandoned people, but sometimes it is a place where you feel more alone amongst a group of people because they choose not to socialise with you. The church is at its best when it is sharing the pain of its members, but that also includes participating in their world rather than just a passing greeting on a Sunday morning.

I understand where Philip Yancey is coming from in terms of when the unfairness of life gets in the way and prevents you from being nourished in church. But that is the time when you need the church community to support you rather than expect you to live up to the expectation of membership. It would be unfair to say that there is no sensitivity in church, but it does seem at times that sensitivity overlooks you and chooses someone else. It is at this point when you see everyone else blessed but not yourself that you ask the question 'why bother with church?' This 100-page book failed to provide an adequate answer.
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I like this author although I know that there will be some lack of "flow" on my part following his perspective. He is a writer who is quite challenging in the right sense and makes a very valuable contribution to many church - based discussions.
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