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Churches are morphing into new forms–emergent churches, shopping mall churches, megachurches–yet surveys show that an increasing number of believers. Philip Yancey journals his personal pilgrimage from skepticism and disillusionment about the church back to enthusiastic participation. 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.

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I am not through with the book yet, but what I have read has helped me a lot.

This was a fascinating, eye-opening look at how we ‘do church. This was the first book of Philip Yancey’s that I’d ever read. Powers underscores the paradox of congregational life: Jul 29, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: He retells the church’s treatment of a mentally challenged Vietnam vet who hated white people, and how their diligent attention brought him to a place of stability. Jun 11, Brandon H. The author does a good job to point out cause and effects as well as some possible approaches and changes of attitudes for overcoming certain pitfalls.

I feel called to speak to those living in the borderlands of faith.

Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage – Philip Yancey – Google Books

From growing up in rural Georgia in a fundamentalist church to his experience at LaSalle Street Church in inner city Chicago, Philip reflects on the church, his own perceptions of it, and the various metaphors the Bible uses to describe it. Rather, it belonged to the small group of people who were running it. Their approach to helping one another is valuable. He and his wife live in Colorado. Part of what inspired me to read more about this topic is that I keep running into believers who think that bohter acceptable and okay to avoid attending church and getting plugged in.


About Meet the Author Reviews. His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. Select Ministry Resource Guides, Press here. Anyone disenchanted with church. Apr 09, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: Yancey does not whitewash the church’s faults, rather he sets them against the overwhelming balance of its strengths: Yancey details his own journey away from and back to the church. Email Article to Friend. Insights from Philip Yancey’s personal pilgrimage away from and back to the church.

Whenever I abandon church for a time, I find that I am botber one who suffers. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I was in total shock when I flipped the second to last page chufch realized: Re-read after eight years and found it a bit light-weight, with one or two assumptions about ‘church services’ that didn’t really fit. Nevertheless, he has some insightful things to say about the importance of going to church.

Always has, always will, until the end of time.


Church: Why Bother?

For those not at that place yet, they may find something helpful in Yancey’s book. Paperbackpages. He rejected the narrowness and prejudices of the members and was away from the church for a number of years.

I gave words to his faith, and in the process he gave faith to my words. This one is centered on Church. Sep 08, Seth rated it really liked it Shelves: We heard about love and grace, but I didn’t experience much.

Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage

A sense of betrayal engulfed him. A constant question- Church, Why Bother?

Jan 09, Sngsweelian rated it really liked it. It is definitely a personal pilgrimage, and one that I identified with in certain ways as early as the first paragraph. Yancey also speaks of his wife an what she does with her life. Some of us no longer have the fight yacney us for these battles and have chosen to walk away.

CS Lewis ” God commands us to do slowly yance blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in the twinkling of an eye. Perhaps this author leans that way himself. Published October 14th by Zondervan first published December 23rd