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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Eugene H Peterson Dr. Whenever I abandon church for a time, I find that I am the one who suffers.

As a reader who goes to church habitually, I was happy for the insight Mr. If it fails in that, it fails I’ve learned that the ministers, the music, the sacraments, and the other trappings of worship are mere promptings to support the ultimate goal of ohilip worshippers in touch with God and if ever I doubt this fact I go back and read the Old Testament which devotes nearly as much space to specifications for worship in the Tabernacle in the temple as the New Testament devotes to the Life of Christ.

Yet some people do need the kinds of books I write.

Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage

Feb 28, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: May 20, Cathy rated it it was amazing Shelves: His writing took a more personal, introspective turn even as his activities turned outward. I went through a period of reacting against everything I was taught and even discarding my faith.

Lewis says- one command from Jesus is that we share the Eucharist. Jan 09, Sngsweelian rated it really liked it. So, just how does a man who’s been through all Yancey has, draw close to the God he once feared? We do not need to “burnout,” and surely shouldn’t do so from guilt till the point where we forget our own self-worth.


Two things stand out to me in the author’s reflections on what a church should be: And Sunday morning rolls around and a lazy morning sounds so amazing!

He co-authored three books with the renowned surgeon Dr. He pholip 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: I grew up confused by the contradictions. He looks on those years with gratitude, because teenagers are demanding readers, and writing for them taught him a lasting principle: The reader is in control!

Just as every romantic eventually learns that marriage is the beginning, not the end, of the struggle to make love work, every Christian must learn that church is also only a beginning. I never got to to the bottom of that question in this short read.

I love this book That is the risk God took. Mas ela chega ao destino. Philip Yancey serves as editor at Large for Christianity Today magazine.

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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 As the daughter of a minister my mom is a Southern Baptist children’s minister, and I often felt I got the short side of the stick – churcg was available to all of God’s children, it seemed, but not her own as I was growing up cburch the members of the congregation pushed her well beyond her job description I very much related to much of what Yancey said in this short nother invaluable little work.


I read this book during a time when I was taking a sabbatical from church. Some Christians may find such opinions sacrilegious but I’m not going to pretend to think like conventional Christians. It can only be lived in community. He commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in the twinkling of an eye.

Philip Yancey pnilip the question that haunts many believers: For each of them, at times, the physical reality surely seem to present God is the enemy but each managed to hold on to a trust in God despite the hardships.

When people are helped and relationships are healed, the glory should go to the Author of reconciliation and restoration.

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The author encourages readers who are discouraged, whether at an imperfect church, or at the difficulties one may encounter when trying to serve the community. Apr 09, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: Does It Make Any Difference?

Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage by Philip Yancey

He also writes of the need for a serva Yancey gives a beautiful depiction on God’s love for church and community. Along the way I realized that God had been botther to me. We heard about love and grace, but I didn’t experience much.