Adventures in Churchland is Dan Kimball's personal memoir of faith and his journey from a college student in a punk band to church leader. He tells his story with humility, humor and passion, encouraging readers to look through the eyes of one who has never been a part of a church to see how many of the traditions of organized Christianity may appear absolutely foreign and weird. Some of his early experiences in church read like scenes in an unaired Curb Your Enthusiam episode, where Kimball is Larry David stuck in an uncomfortable situation trying to figure out how to fit in. He tells of his time kibitzing in Israel, and of when a well intentioned church leader made him lop off his trademark coiffure to his humiliation.
That would be reason enough to check out the book, but Kimball is a thinker and his conviction that there must be answers about God drives him to search, through conversations with people and study of the bible, thinking through hard questions and coming to the conclusion that God has a place for everyone. And the group of people who follow Jesus -- the church -- is that place.
Finally, making sense of the mess of organized religion doesn't seem so overwhelming and pointless!
This book is SO good. I laughed (OUT LOUD - quite a few times), I cried, I was CHALLENGED and INSPIRED. Dan Kimball did a fantastic job sharing his own journey through the quirky-ness of 'Churchland' and what it is like to wade through the waters of cultural church tradition that can sometimes be very confusing, and let's be honest, sometimes downright repelling. I am able to relate to SO many of the things that are touched on in this book as I did not grow up in the church, came to know Jesus in a personal way twenty five years ago, and have served on staff at a few churches. The reader (hopefully YOU) is challenged to ask questions, dig deeper into Scripture, stop assuming you know what to expect from church, and most importantly, look to Jesus and what He believes church is and should be.
Don't be fooled into thinking that this book is for Christians alone - it is a must read for everyone, especially if you have ever felt judged, out of place, and/or have sworn off ever setting foot in a church building. I plan on sending a copy to each of my five siblings and my parents who are among the many that have preconceived notions of what 'Churchland' is and should be.