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Number of Pages: 112
Publication Date: 2015
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Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?Philip YanceyZondervan / 2014 / Hardcover$8.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 11 Reviews
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Insights from Philip Yanceys personal pilgrimage away from and back to the church. Why are there so many more professing Christians than churchgoing Christians? Is it because something is wrong with the church? In his candid, thought-provoking manner, award-winning author Philip Yancey reveals the reasons behind his own journey back from skepticism to wholehearted participation in the church, and weighs the churchs human failings against its compelling worth as the body of Christ. Yancey does not whitewash the churchs faults, rather he sets them against the overwhelming balance of its strengths: its heart for God, its care for the hurting, its outreach to the lost, and its value as family and community.
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
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Amazing bookJune 10, 2017alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Church Why Bother is the personal journey of author Phillip Yancey in his quest to find out why church is important. What he finds, is that gathering with other believers important and biblical, God actually honored his seeking by giving him a deeper worship level.
The author make several points as to why church is becoming irrelevant to many people. I'm just going to list a couple that I felt are important.
First, it is within human nature to become bored with the same people, places and things. That is why Paul encourages us to be content in all things. We must make commitment and rely on God to help us honor them.
Second, many Christians have come to believe that they are supposed to be entertained on Sunday morning. A jazzed up worship band, a pastor who peppers his sermon with humor, and the general opinion of what I'm I getting out of this. Now please don't get me wrong having these things in a worship service are not wrong or bad, but a lot of Christians have forgotten that church is for worshiping God. These things should enhance your worship experience, not replace them.
The author uses many personal stories to help the reader walk through the different phases in a believers spiritual walk. It never fails to amaze me how God places a book in my path right when I need it. It helped me to remember that first and foremost I am at church to worship God and server others. If I get anything else out of it, then that's a blessing for me.
This is a small book only about 100 pages. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. This is a gem of a book.