Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: Who Stole My Church: What to Do When the Church YOu Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century by Gordon MacDonald

Synopsis: Millions of people in their fifties, sixties, and seventies feel their churches have been hijacked by church-growth movements characterized by loud praise bands, constant PowerPoint presentations, and cavernous megachurches devoid of any personal touch. They are bewildered by the changes, and are dropping out after thirty, forty, or fifty years in a congregation. It's a crisis!

In this fictional story, pastor and author Gordon MacDonald uses topical examples and all-too-familiar characters to reassure readers that it is possible to embrace change, and to demonstrate how that change can actually be a positive influence in their church. The church, he says, has always been in a state of change; it has been changing for the last two thousand years. It is time to embrace that change and use it further the Kingdom of God (From the Back of the Book)

Review: This is not the sort of book I would normally pick up, but it was chosen by my pastor for the church book club. I enjoyed it immensley.
First, the format is story form, which makes it seem less preachy, and gives the reader real people to connect with instead of just reading someone thoughts.
Second, the subject is a sensative one, and yet handled well. Frustrations, the evil thoughts, the selfish - are all address without judgement or condemnation, but in a why that helps you resolve those feelings and move forward.
Third, the things taught are passed in scripture and back by examples from church history and the life of the saints.
I recommend this book, not only for those who are struggling, but the younger generations as well. We owe it to those who came before to honor their work and respect their feelings.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 8-14-2011
Pages: 248

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