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iainsmurrayToronto, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book with Relevant InformationOctober 28, 2011iainsmurrayToronto, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I just finished reading a very interesting book by David Murrow called, Why Men Hate Going to Church. I picked it up for interest's sake (mainly for the title), but I found as I was reading, that much of the content is relevant to my church in 2011. Murrow talks at length about the church's uneven demographic (that women outnumber men in almost every congregation). He speaks about the feminizing of church and how that structure leads men out of the body and into activities where they can be who were created to be.
The text, though a tad brash and at points, hits on many points that the church needs to think through (at the very least). Murrow highlights growing trends that threaten to close church doors, and he gives us the reasons for this shift of men away from church (to the golf course or the shooting range).
The read is not meant to be overly theological; it is more a study of numbers. So, if you are reading with the hopes of finding several different Scripture passages pertaining to the problem, you may be out of luck (although Murrow does go to the Bible, in passing, on several occasions). However, Why Men Hate Going to Church is a must read for anyone in church leadership who desires a congregation with a thriving population of men.
FlameMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Flows with InsightOctober 15, 2011FlameMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a book not satisfied with just going for the surface answers. The subject is presented without bashing women or men; and reassures us that both really have a heart for Jesus. With this pointed out many reasons are then addressed; including the cultural influences that men face. He also shows that there truly is a difference between what men and what women need in the church and that the church needs both to flourish. Most women needing the LAMB of God; gentle, nurturing, compassionate, forgiving. And most men saying, "Where is the LION of Judah?" Fierce, going into ACTION; being a Warrior to bring justice; protecting the women and children; producing results.! Its a call to action and remembrance that Jesus is both. When we allow this balance to return ; so will some of the men who have become bored with Church and could find no place place for themselves in it.
As a woman reading this book, I was astounded by the sheer numbers of men absent from church. Several statements in the book grabbed my attention as truth. " There are two kinds of people in the church; the pillars and the caterpillars. the pillars uphold the church with their prayers; their work and their donations. they build the kingdom of God by the sweat of their brows. The caterpillars crawl in Sunday morning, sing a few songs, listen to a sermon and crawl out again , not to be seen for a week." Because some many of the pillars of the church are women, " imagine the chaos if every woman took Sunday off?". Who do I recommend read this book? Any person who is serious about helping men find their places and maintain what God has given them. Men and women working together; side by side for the gospel of Jesus; no one left out. Men could also benefit from reading this book to see some of the "invisible" influences that have been affecting them. The last 2 chapters gives action ideas to do something with what has been learned.
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ReidCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5InsightfulOctober 13, 2011ReidCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
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Ben CabeAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5This book is a great church resourceOctober 13, 2011Ben CabeAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5David 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.