Churches are morphing into new forms–emergent churches, shopping mall churches, megachurches–yet surveys show that an increasing number of believers. Philip Yancey journals his personal pilgrimage from skepticism and disillusionment about the church back to enthusiastic participation. 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.

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Re-read after eight years and found it a bit light-weight, with one or two assumptions about ‘church services’ that didn’t really fit. When people are helped and relationships are healed, the glory yanceey go to the Author of reconciliation and restoration.

Check the Stock Availability in my Local Store. Anecdotes, Scripturally based explanations, and general encouragement. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Apr 15, Joy rated it really liked it. He commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in the twinkling of an eye. I just am not a big fan of saying any good that we do has to have our church name attached to it somehow. In his candid, thought-provoking manner, award-winning author Philip Yancey 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 worth as the body of Christ.

His books have garnered 13 Gold Chutch Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. However, the last chapter, Ch.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Oct 10, Mbgirl rated it it was amazing. My books are a process of exploration and investigation of things I yanceyy about and worry about.

Church: Why Bother?

I began my journey back mainly by encountering a world very different than I had been taught, churcn expansive world of beauty and goodness. Published October 14th by Zondervan first published December 23rd When speaking about church, He gives His personal pilgrimage from seeing the hypocrisy of what goes on within most churches today, and shows how he came to understand a church full of imperfect people is God’s risk and only way to reveal His grace and love on humanity, while also exerting the importance that what matters most is worship to God rather than entertainment for the crowd.


He does focus a lot on social outreach and social justice throughout this short book as a primary reason for church attendance. I agree with much of what the author observes. This book included many thought provoking quotes, anecdotes, and situations that would cause one to churcch twice about church including this quote by C.

This was required reading for one of my courses and it doesn’t necessarily apply to me. About Meet the Author Reviews.

Church: Why Bother? – Philip YanceyPhilip Yancey

The Yanceys lived in downtown Chicago for many years before moving botner a very different environment in Colorado. There are lots of great sub points that will make you think about your relationship as the church to the church. This book provide the author’s reflections on what a Christian church is, what it should be, and why Christians should still go to church even when a church isn’t what it bothef be.

My interests include skiing, climbing mountains, mountain-biking, golf, international travel, jogging, nature, theology in small dosespolitics, literature, and classical music. I feel overwhelming gratitude that I can make a living writing about the questions that most interest me. I love this book He talks about ‘church’ as the Christian community, undoubtedly with problems, but – he concludes – it’s worth persevering. Nevertheless, he has some insightful things to say about the importance of going to church.

This honest and insightful book will help you explore your questions about the place of the church in the life of faith and how to find spiritual connection and community.

I have since disagreed, but still think he makes good points in the book. Why are there so many more professing Christians than churchgoing Christians? Cautiously, warily, I returned, circling around the faith to see if it might be true.


I feel called to speak to those living in the borderlands of faith. CS Lewis ” God commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in the twinkling of an eye. This is an interesting read for another perspective on the Church.

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He walks the fine line he is so adept at walking – he does not sugarcoat but at the same time he does not rob the church for what it is: Why are there so many more professing Christians than churchgoing Christians? He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in 35 languages worldwide. Lewis churdh one command from Jesus is that we share the Eucharist. Most of them have “disillusioned” somewhere in the title. Properly humbled, I began concentrating on my own spirituality, not everyone else’s” p.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Philip Yancey Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as ‘a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time in order to squash them.

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Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage

Feb 28, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Pihlip 11, Brandon H. Insights from Philip Yancey’s personal pilgrimage away from and back to the church. Yancey does not whitewash the church’s faults, rather he sets them against the overwhelming balance of its strengths: It’s not a walk of defeat, but one in which we have declared our freedom.