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|Title: Life After Church: God's Call to Disillusioned Christians|
By: Brian Sanders
Number of Pages: 172
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Stock No: WW836062
Life without church. It's getting easier to imagine. And maybe you already left. A leaver, then. Committed to Jesus, not an institution. Perhaps you've left your church in spirit, remaining in the pew. Outwardly silent. Secretly bored. In either case, Brian Sanders has a word for you. Out of his own experience as a leaver, Brian distills the complex problem into two viable options:
Whether Sunday mornings find you alone in a one-bedroom apartment or isolated in a church of thousands, Brian reminds you to keep listening for God's call. Reform the church that is Christ's. Be it from the inside out, or the outside in.
It helps to get the insight to what thinking goes on in the minds of some of those within or even outside of the church.-- Matthew Christensen, TheoSource, April 28, 2008
Brian encourages Christians not to give up on the church as a whole, but instead seek God for more clarity of mission, values, and vision for their life going forward.-- LW, The Journal of Student Ministries, May/June 2008
Sanders advocates a renewed focus on the missional call of the church to be the body of Christ to nonbelievers skeptical of faith without works and justice without mercy.-- Sean Fowlds in Ministry Today, March/April 2008
"Sanders offers helpful guidance to those who are considering leaving church as well as to those who have chosen to stay, providing the latter with practical suggestions on how to reform the church from within and maintain their joy in the process. For those who have chosen to leave, Sanders provides a chapter on how to leave respectfully and graciously."-- Marcia Ford, FaithfulReader.com, January 2008
"I certainly appreciated [Sanders's] emphasis on scripture. . . . His helpful and pastoral advice to those leaving the church is mature and practical. Sanders also has a wonderful grasp of the mission of the church. His vision for the church is a positive and enthusiastic vision that will benefit every reader. Most of all, Sanders helps all his readers see through the eyes and experiences of those who are 'leaving' the church in some way."-- Michael Spencer, internetmonk.com, January 29, 2008
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