Sunday, October 5, 2014

So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore:An Unexpected Journey, by Jake Colsen

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Synopsis: 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. 

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're tired of just 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!

Thoughts: As someone who doesn't go to church anymore, this book title really called to me. And as I read it, I realized it was just what I needed. There's a reason why organized religion bothers me, and this book showed me exactly what it is---the church is more interested in itself than in God and Christ. 

The discussion about accountability really spoke to me. We aren't supposed to be accountable to each other--we need to be accountable to GOD. 

A great quote is "An institution can only reflect God's love as long as those in it agree on what they are doing."

My rating: Five stars

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