This is an updated and revised edition of a book by the same name. I think it is worth updating, because I think that there are new additional factors why men don't want to attend church. In Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow he dives into the question of why there are fewer men attending church these days. In part 1 he talks about "where are the men" and in Part 2 he talks about how the culture has influenced why men don't like church. In Part 3 he discusses what the church can do to bring back men and reengage them in church. Here he discusses how the church can go about attracting and keeping men in the church.
While at times I found it rather stereotypical, I do think that the author has done his homework and this is a very real problem in church culture that needs to be addressed. Because of this, I think this is an excellent book for church leaders to read and understand how many men view church so they can assist them. A healthy church really does have good male role models and the involvement of men, not just in leadership but also as participants in the pews.
I received this book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Booksneeze!
David Murrow's book offers staggering statistics and a broad understanding of, "Why Men Hate Going to Church". He compares the church to Jesus' ministry on earth and pinpoints common misconceptions that lead to spiritual miscarriages. The bottom line: the success of a church depends on it's ability to engage men. Murrow begins his book with an eclectic view of data gained over a large portion of time; he gives an overview of church history to reveal that the decline of men in the pews is not a new phenomenon. This fact enabled him to find and connect the dots in order to define the real problem.
When I started reading his book I was skeptical but by the time I finished I could not stop talking about it. Just ask my wife, and the friend we had over for dinner, who politely listen to me rant about it. By the time the evening was over our friend had the book tucked safely under his arm as he walked out the door.
"Why Men Hate Going to Church" is not only a challenge to churches but a strategic battle plan for those intent on seeing their church grow. Murrow carefully examined and diagnosed modern issues to resolve an age-old problem. This book is an advocate for men all over the world. It is relevant, riveting and rewarding; unrivaled by any book of it's kind on the market. If you don't have one, get one. Underline it, highlight it and refer to it; go through it with your church staff, follow the biblically sound advice and watch your church burst at the seems with men who are passionate and involved in your ministry.