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Finding Church – a new book with 36 authors (including me)

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in blog links, books | 3 comments

Finding Church – a new book with 36 authors (including me)

Last spring, my friend Jeremy from “Till He Comes” asked if I’d be interested in writing a chapter for a new book that he was putting together. He was asking people to write on one of four topics: changing churches, leaving church, reforming the church, and returning to church. I decided to take part in the project by writing a chapter on one of the topics.

I later wrote a series of blog posts about the project, with an introduction and one post for each topic: changing churches, leaving church, reforming the church, and returning to church. If you haven’t read those posts, I hope you will, because I think they help explain my understanding of church, and how that understanding has changed over the last few years.

In all, Jeremy gathered 36 different authors to write for this project. In the end, he condensed his 4 topics into 3: leaving church, switching church, and reforming church. He told us about all 36 authors in a post called “All the Finding Church Authors.” (Click each name to learn more about that particular author.)

(By the way, my chapter is in the section “reforming the church.”)

The book is now available. You can find out more from Civitas Press (the publisher), and you can even buy it on Amazon in paperback or for your Kindle device.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb about the book:

What happens when people begin to question church?

Millions of people are “leaving church” each year as they begin to question the deeper meanings and structures of gathering together. They’re asking a fundamental question of, “What does it mean to participate in church and what would happen if we did something different?”

They are not abandoning God, ignoring Scripture, or giving up on Jesus. While a few do leave for such reasons, the vast majority report that they leave church to better follow Jesus, obey God, and live out their faith in meaningful and relational ways. They stop attending church to pursue something more intimate and personal.

Finding Church explores these stories of people leaving, switching, and even reforming their basic understanding of church. It will open your eyes to a growing trend in culture for people to take responsibility for their faith.

I haven’t received my author’s copy of the book yet. But, when I do, I hope to read the other chapters and write a review. If you read the book, please let me know what you think (both about my chapter and the other chapters).


3 Comments

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  1. 12-6-2012

    Sounds interesting, just bought it today. I will let you know what I think. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. 12-6-2012

    Alan,

    Thank you so much for participating in this book. You are one of the bloggers, writers, and thinkers I respect most, and really appreciate the chapter you wrote for this book.

  3. 12-7-2012

    Kirt,

    Yes, please let me know what you think. I’m interested in reading the other chapters. My chapter will probably be very boring for you, since you’re heard it all and lived it all before. :)

    Jeremy,

    Thanks for including me in your project!

    -Alan