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Jim CWashington, ILAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Why are Men Leaving the Church?December 26, 2011Jim CWashington, ILAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5WHY MEN HATE GOING TO CHURCH
This book was released several years ago under the same name, but it has been re-released and has been revised extensively. I read the original book shortly after it was released and really enjoyed it, but the new book has a lot of new information and truthfully, I find it a much more interesting and easier read.
The book is divided into 3 parts starting with asking, "Where are the Men?" Men have left the church in record numbers as they feel that church is for women, wimps and wusses. Brad Stine addresses this in his video "WUSSIFICATION". Ironically, or not, Brad holds the 4th spot on the opening page of Murrow's book. In WMHGTC, Murrow addresses how decisions are made in a feminine way, saying that men cannot lead like men, instead they must be careful, sentimental and thrifty, making every decision a consensus. Decisions take months or years to make, and if someone gets their feelings hurt we don't move forward. Murrow also makes comparisons between the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God. Jesus was a kind and gentle person, but he was not afraid to speak His mind and not only "rock the boat", He tipped over a few as well.
The second part is called "Church Culture vs. Man Culture". This section addresses some of the fears that men face regarding church. Examples include holding hands, especially with other men (or worse yet a man they don't even know), reading out loud (this is a huge fear for many guys) singing praise and worship songs, (your love is extravagant, your friendship, it is intimate) guys don't talk to guys like this and so they are uncomfortable singing about this to Jesus. Men have a rep to uphold and singing intimate lyrics to Jesus doesn't cut it. Ladies, you say your husband isn't romantic enough with you, why would you expect him to say/sing romantic things to another man, Jesus?
The third part is called "Calling the Church Back to the Men". Notice that is not call the men back to the church. Men have not changed all that much over the years; the church on the other hand continues to lean toward the ladies in the church. Ladies need to be in church as much as the guys, but guys are less likely to attend an event, or church, that is feminized. Ladies on the other hand will most likely not have an issue with attending a church that men are excited to attend and feel comfortable in. This chapter gives thoughts and ideas on how to re-engage men in church and get them excited about church, reading their Bibles and being involved in church life.
It is difficult for me to put all my thoughts into a few words when David Murrow has done such a great job of writing this book. I highly recommend this book and others that he has written, such as "The Map", "How Women Help Men Find God" and other resources that can be found on his website: www.churchformen.com. "Why Men Hate Going to Church" is a must read for men and women alike whether you are a pastor, a lay leader or a casual church attendee.
nirradAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great book with great ideasDecember 15, 2011nirradAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Just finished reading the updated version, and I enjoyed it better than the first, a lot of new info, and ideas to try. Would love to try to do a study on this as well. thanks for the update.
tonimerMeridian, IdAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5InterestingDecember 13, 2011tonimerMeridian, IdAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 3I found this theory interesting. I did agree with some of the premise the author put forth about why men dislike church. I was encouraged that he offered some solutions but found that it took a lot of reading and bashing before reaching the remedies. I think it takes a rather cynical look at men and assumes they are rather shallow. I know many men who do not have to have a testosterone filled church in order to attend.
sarahandbooks3 Stars Out Of 5Okay, a slow start.December 10, 2011sarahandbooksQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3"Church is boring."
"It's full of hypocrites."
Theses phrases line the back of David Murrow's book Why Men Hate Going to Church. Beginning the books with an example of a denomination gathering where over 7,000 women, but an embarrassingly low amount of men attended. Tackling the problem of the male relationship to Christianity, Murrow attempts to "call the church back to men."
It may have been because I am a woman, but I found the book be a slow starter. Regardless, the book cited valuable Barna research which shows how much more involved in church than men (100% more likely to be involved in discipleship!). This alone opened my eyes to how few men are actually involved in an institution that is filled with women. Though more men fill the pulpits than women, men are less likely to be found in the pews. Despite my being a woman while reading this book, I did find that it is well supported by personal examples and statistics.
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Sharon5 Stars Out Of 5Why Men Hate Going To ChurchDecember 8, 2011SharonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Why men hate going to church is a necessary book for all. This is an easy read. The chapters are short so if you don't have to set aside large amounts of time aside to read the book. I like how David uses humor to get his point across.
You will find three parts to this book:
1. Where Are The Men?
2. Church Culture vs. Men Culture
3. Calling The Church Back To Men
Have women taken over the church and made men feel uncomfortable? Do we feminize our men? Does a lack of men in the church, stifle church growth? Can we do something to bring men back to church? "Why Men Hate Going To Church" will answer these questions and more. This will make for a great group study. Every Pastor should read this book. I am thrilled to give this book a five star rating.
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