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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Christianity is the only world religion with a chronic shortage of men. David Murrow identifies the barriers to male participation, and explains why its so hard to motivate the men who do go to church. Then, he takes you inside several fast-growing congregations that are winning the hearts of men and boys.
"Church is boring." "Its irrelevant." "Its full of hypocrites."
Youve heard the excuses now learn the real reasons men and boys are fleeing churches of every kind, all over the world. Christianity is the only world religion with a chronic shortage of men. David Murrow identifies the barriers to male participation, and explains why its so hard to motivate the men who do go to church. Then, he takes you inside several fast-growing congregations that are winning the hearts of men and boys.
The first release of Why Men Hate Going to Church sold more than 125,000 copies and was published in multiple languages. This edition is completely revised, reorganized, and rewritten, with more than 70 percent new content. Why Men Hate Going to Church does not call men back to churchit calls the church back to men.
SKM5 Stars Out Of 5Why Men Hate Going to Church - Very InsightfulMarch 1, 2018SKMQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an extremely insightful book. I was skeptical, but a friend recommended it to me. I am a slow reader, but read it in just over a day. I want to read it again with a pad of paper nearby. While I don't agree with all of his conclusions, the exercise of reading the book and running it through the grid of my mind was very helpful, and answered lots of questions about why I respond as I do to some things that go on in my church and others. It made me view "how we do things at my church" in a totally new light. Highly recommended. (I bought one book, read it, then went back and ordered a couple more.) His companion book "The Map" is also engaging, written in a different format.
AlanAsiaAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent, thought provoking, fun to readNovember 26, 2017AlanAsiaAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've started re-reading parts of this book because it's fun to read -- and deeply meaningful, too. The author gives practical insights and ideas, and is an excellent writer.
susieqClearwater, FLAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5informative readMay 10, 2013susieqClearwater, FLAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This book was selected for my book club to read. It's informative and provides clear, honest perspective on why men are not in the church and how to reverse the trend in your own congregation.
John4 Stars Out Of 5Well Worth the ReadSeptember 20, 2012JohnQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The author, David Murrow is not clergy but lay, which makes for an interesting book as it is very pragmatic. However, he still grounds several of his larger ideas in the Bible, which I appreciated.
As I read this book, there were several ideas I initially disagreed with. At first I wanted to ignore them. After all I'm a guy and I'm in church, so they must not be accurate. But the more I read, the more I realized that was a bad impulse. I grew up in the church. Church is comfortable to me. And sometimes I think "But that's how we've always done it" about things that aren't sacred and could change. So I'm grateful to this book for opening my eyes to some of my blind spots.
Having church be accessible to men is a good thing, but I'm wary of making it the "silver bullet" that will turn a church around. Worship should be accessible to everyone, regardless of gender, age, race, or anything else. Worship is about God and God is not picky about who worships. So should we remove barriers to men? Absolutely. And we should remove barriers to women, kids, young people, old people, etc.
Bottom line: Do I think this book overstates its case? Maybe a bit. But Murrow has seen these ideas work. And so if he gets excited about the possibilities of church renewal, then I want to get excited right along with him.
Nel FastenauWillard, MOAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Is there really a Gender Gap in the Church today?June 20, 2012Nel FastenauWillard, MOAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Ã¢â¬ËWhy Men Hate Going to Church' by David Murrow takes an in depth look at this growing problem.
Several valid points are made throughout this book. According to several studies the majority of churches, especially smaller ones there is a definite gender gap in attendance. The women outnumber the men in almost every church.
In this book it states that churches today tend to cater to the women. Women lead most of your Sunday school classes, Children's Church, and Nursery. They tend to be decorated on the flowery feminine side, reaching out to the women.
According to the book the number two excuse is it is for wimps. The number one excuse being there are too many hypocrites. These are only the top two excuses given, we as a church have to decide why men feel the way they do. Is there a reason they are being turned off from the church life?
This book also discusses the history of when men started pulling away from the church, and gives ideas that perhaps will draw them back in.
This was an interesting book, a lot of information and ideas. I agree with a lot of the info but I think we have to be careful or we will end up being an entertaining church, giving people what they want instead of what they need. They need to realize it is a personal thing between them and Jesus.
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