Item description for So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore: An Unexpected Journey Into the Reality of the Father's Family by Wayne Jacobsen & Dave Coleman...
Overview What would you do if you met someone you thought just might be one of Jesus' original disciples still living in the 21st century? That's Jake's dilemma as he meets a man who talks of Jesus as if he had known him, and whose way of living challenges everything Jake had previously known. This book is Jake's journal, chronicling thirteen conversations with his newfound friend over a four-year period and how those exchanges turn Jake's world upside-down. With his help, Jake faces his darkest fears, struggles through brutal circumstances and comes out on the other side in the joy and freedom he always dreamed was possible.
Publishers Description What would you do if you met someone you thought just might be one of Jesus' original disciples still living in the 21st Century? That's Jake's dilemma as he meets a man who talks of Jesus as if he had known him, and whose way of living changes everything Jake had previously known. So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore is Jake's compelling journal that chronicles thirteen conversations with his newfound friend over a four-year period and how those exchanges turn Jake's world upside-down. With his help, Jake faces his darkest fears, struggles through brutal circumstances and comes out on the other side in the joy and freedom he always dreamed was possible. If you are tired of going through the motions of Christianity and want to mine the depths of what it really means to live deeply in Christ, you'll find Jake's story will give you hope for your own. This book probes the difficult questions and offers some far-reaching answers. It just might turn your world upside-down as well.
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Studio: Windblown Media
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher Windblown Media
ISBN 0964729229 ISBN13 9780964729223
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More About Wayne Jacobsen & Dave Coleman
Wayne Jacobsen wanders the world helping people sort out how to live deeply in the life of Jesus. Formerly a Contributing Editor to Leadership Journal, he has written numerous books on spiritual intimacy and relational church life, including So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore, under the penname Jake Colsen. You can find his other books, blog, and articles at lifestream.org, and his weekly podcast at thegodjourney.com. He resides in Moorpark, CA with his wife Sara."
Wayne Jacobsen currently resides in Moorpark, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore?
Tied of church as usual? Jun 1, 2008
I have met the author of this book and he is true follower of Christ. What Jake had experienced in this book is similar to what I went through in my journey away from the walls of religion to a free and delightful walk with Christ. This book helped me to escape the traditionalsim I had been brought up in as a pastor's son and as a pastor. Frank Viola's book, Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices, Wayne Jacobsen's book, He Loves Me! Learning to Live In the Father's Affection, and my book Free Indeed?: Are Christians Free Indeed or Enslaved by Religion? will accentuate Jake Colsen's (Wayne Jacobsen) book nicely. These books will explain why there are such love-hate feelings about the Church. BUY THIS BOOK! (you'll love it!)
Not What you Might Expect May 23, 2008
This is likely one of the best books I have ever read and I'll tell you why.
I've been all about the Church for most of my life. I've been a pastor, a denominational official, a Church Administrator, an Elder, a Chairman of the Board and while I'm not currently in a formal Church Ministry role, I'm finishing up a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership and writing a Master's Thesis on Leadership Styles and impact within the organization of the Church.
On some levels, I'm sick and tired of the organization of the Church. Many of the criticisms leveled at it for being impersonal, political, manipulative, disingenuous and full of petty people are unfortunately true. There are literally millions of people who comprise the walking wounded who have brushed paths with many Churches and have sworn that they are never going back to such a place because it is full of hypocrites and toxic people.
I understand that. I'm reminded of the man who said all the things above to his wife and ended up with the comment, "And I'm never going back there again." His wife responded, "But you have to go back. You're the Senior Pastor ......"
For all who have felt this way, this book is for you.
Through the masterful use of dialogue in the context of a fictional setting with a pastor who has been wounded, this book touches on all these themes and brings the reader through to the end with an alternative view of Church.
It's not about the organizational Structure. Some imagine that if we just structured the Church right the problems would be solved. I can vouch from a level of involvement that exceeds many, that sadly this is not the case.
The church will never be perfect in this age because I am not perfect.
What is needed is a new view and understanding of the Church. This book does an excellent job of illustrating where hope lies.
I recommend it highly! 5 Stars.
Best Book in 35 years May 11, 2008
In thirty five years of being a Christian, this is the first book I've come across that speaks to my frustation with "church" and it's inability to deliever what it promises. As I've read the gospels over the years, I've realized that if you made a list of all the things that Jesus told His followers He wanted then to do, and made another list of what the "church" does; you would find little if anything on both lists in most churches, mine included. This book has put words to the troubled rumblings of my heart and shown me that yes, you can find Jesus outside the "church" as we have come to know it in America today. In fact, if the gospels are any indication, more likely.
Well-satisfied buyer May 3, 2008
I was pleasantly surprised that there was no typical "church-bashing", but the book was filled with a sense of how much our Heavenly Father seeks to have meaningful relationship with us, His children. It revealed that the organization of the "church" can take on a life in itself, totally apart from being the "body and bride" of Christ. It certainly pointed me toward the Father.
Very good, encouraging. Apr 7, 2008
This book really helped look at spiritual matters, instead of just church issues. It also was a big help in dealing with issues in the church that can be painful. I do think the book goes just a tad too far in basically encouraging people that they do not need to go to church regularly, and in fact says the Bible does not tell us to do so. I clearly feel the Bible does tell us to congregate together. Most people would not have the opportunity to keep up regular contact with fellow christians (as he did) if they did not go to church. That is my only negative about this book. Mainly I found it to be very encouraging, and spiritually uplifting. A very good book.