10.31.2011

Why Men Hate Going To Church

Well recently, due to a distribution centre mixup, I got to review "Why men hate going to church" by David Murrow. I was upset at first, but then thought, how can I be upset with a free book program. I contacted Booksneeze to get the correct book. They apologized and told me to keep this one too, and they're sending another that was removed from the site. How good is that? So I figured the least I could do is review this one. Well, I was a bit skeptical at first, thinking that this book wasn't for me, boy was I ever wrong. The book is written in a way to make men realize the excuses they are making for not attending church, while helping woen realize they contribute to the shortage of men in churches. The write goes on to explain how we've 'feminized' churches and tailored them towards our (womens) opinions of how they shouls be, from the beautiful floral arrangements to the pink colors. Also, the writer explains how churches have 'softened'. They continue to portray Jesus as a lamb, meek and mild all the time, when in reality, if we look at our Bible we'll see that he was also a lion. For example, when he went into the synogagues and overturned the tables due to the gambling happening there. He was angry, and rightfully so. But Preaches need to bring back their fire and brimstone preaching. Sure, the sugar coating may be nice, and politically correct, but people don;t need any more sugar coating, and that's what are turning the men away. They need to hear the truth, plain and simple. I think this was a very interesting book. I may even pass it along to my Pastor as it does give a few pointers to close that gender gap among men and women and draw more men into congregations. While I probably would never have picked up this book on my own, I do reccomend it as it was a very informative and interesting read. The authors sense of humor was a great asset to the book, made me laugh out loud at times. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.

10.05.2011

More Lost Than Found

The book "More lost than found" by Jared Heard tells a story of how a young boy who came to know God and serve him and lose Faith in the same place he found it, the church. The writer tended to use humor to give this book a more lighthearted approach to Christian wrongdoings and what Christians should be doing, rather than feeling like a long sermon on the hottest day of the year. It kept the reader interested in what was comming next. His personal stories also helped you connect with the author and see where he is comming from. Sometimes Christians tend to lead a lukewarm life, believing that their good deeds and kindness are 'enough' to get them into Heaven, when what they should be seeking is a deeper commitment and relationship with Christ. God doesn't want you to feel comfortable, the Christian life is a daily struggle. God wants you to turn to him, depend on him, and seek a deeper relationship. Going to church twice on Sunday and going through the motions is what's happening in a lot of churches today and causing a downfall in the Christian Faith. People talk about the turmoil and havoc going on around us everyday and how it's Satan doing his handwork because the endtimes are near. But we need to wake up people, maybe it's not Satan, but God trying to give the church a wakeup call, becuase the end times ARE near. God is desiring a closer relationship with us, his people. As the writer states in the prologue God wants us to have "A genuine faith, one that is “in the world but not of the world”". **I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." **