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Why are there so many more professing Christians than churchgoing Christians? Is it because something is wrong with the church? Perhaps that's part of the picture. But Philip Yancey insists there is another part. In this candid, thought-provoking account, he reveals the reasons behind his own journey back from skepticism to wholehearted participation in the church, and weighs the church's human failings against its compelling excellencies as the body of Christ.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (23 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TFE2E8
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Customer Reviews

Saw as e-book and had it

 on 22 February 2014
By Amazon Customer
I like this author although I know that there will be some lack of “flow” on my part following his perspective. He is a writer who is quite challenging in the right sense and makes a very valuable contribution to many church – based discussions.

Four Stars

 on 16 January 2015
By dru

Two out of three chapters isn’t bad.

13 people found this helpful.
 on 12 March 1998
This had to be Yancey’s quickest “read.” In his three chapters he gives all those who are cynical about the church a view of the church that is refreshing. He reminds the reader of what the church CAN be and what difference it can make. The second chapter had to be the most innovative (as Yancey always is) with his contemporary images of the church, describing the church the way the apostle Paul might if he were writing in the late 20th century. After reading the chapter I am no longer ashamed to admit that I too have a “crutch” faith. In his 3rd chapter, Yancey meanders and doesn’t conclude with a bang. The climax is found right in the middle of this short book. If you have a friend who lives by the motto: “Jesus, Yes…Church, No.” please get them this book.

Church: Why Bother

 on 5 April 2012
By Alan Rashbrook
Philip Yancey never fails to come up with excellent books. His honesty and personal integrity are what always attract me to his writing and this book is thought provoking and honest. He makes no secret of his own restrictive Church background and is open about his struggles along the way. Another excellent (but longer book) by Philip Yancey is his one on “Prayer” and is well worth reading 

How to worship despite being in church

26 people found this helpful.
 on 5 July 1998
Everyone who has attended church with regularity can understand boredom and indifference among the congregants. Services are often not conducive to worship. Avoiding an abstract, depersonalized discussion of the matter, Philip Yancey relates his own reflections and experiences during his Christian pilgrimage. Rather than going to church services wondering how they will minister to US, we should go to church services to worship GOD. Our attention should be directed outward (“How did God view my worship?”) rather than inward (“I got nothing out of that church service.”) Sometimes, perhaps most times, we have to conduct our worship of God DESPITE being in church. But that is what we should do.

Answers the perennial question: "Why belong to a church?"

13 people found this helpful.
 on 15 April 1998
For those on the inside who wonder what the church is doing, and those on the outside who criticize the church for not doing better, this book is highly recommended. In his musings, Yancey is insightfully aware of the foibles and and foibles of the church in all of it’s humanness, yet he also declares that the church is the means God has chosen to be in the world today. As he wrote in “What’s So Amazing About Grace,” “I left the church because I found so little grace there. I came back because I found grace nowhere else.” I’m buying a copy for each member of the session.

A "must" for any churchgoer!

 on 11 March 2010
By Mrs. E. V. Youdale
Fantastic book, full of wisdom and to the point. This should be read by all church councils and any churchgoers!
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