He says, “This is my third book on relationships, but it’s unlike any of my previous books…this book is about how you should relate to the family of God” (page 12).
In Failing to commit to the church, we cheat ourselves, we cheat our church community and we cheat the world.
*UPDATE: Joshua Harris was kind enough to read and link to my post today on his own blog. One of them is out on loan to someone, and the other I have two hard cover copies of just so I can give one away sometime. “The only thing on that subject I see is a book called ”, she explained. What college student is going to get comfy at their local Starbucks with that title staring everyone else in the face and basically exposing their own struggle to the entire room? Now you might be thinking, “oh come on Shay, don’t judge a book by it’s cover — it’s an age old adage.” I know, I know, and for the most part I agree.
Loving Jesus Christ involves a passionate commitment to His church — around the world and down the street. I especially enjoyed the thoughts on attending church as a consumer vs. Consumers critique and analyze the singing, the sermon, the experience.
A communer is there to stand before the "Audience of One".
Weighing in at only 129 pages (and small pages at that) this is a book that can be read and digested in a couple of hours.
It will undoubtedly benefit all who read it and I give it my recommendation, especially to young people who are disillusioned by the church and may be turning their backs on her.
Over the next six chapters, Harris explains the beauty of the church, our need for the church, what committment to a church involves, what to look for in a church, and how to make Sunday the best day of the week.
He draws liberally from the books and teachings of Charles Spurgeon, Don Whitney and John Piper, and builds convincing, biblical arguments. The fifth chapter lays out ten criteria by which to choose a church.
I mean, I get the point, but that’s part of the problem. But it’s not just the title he’s changing, look at that cover (below)! The font is old, the yellow line is out of place, and the hands…oh, the hands.
Sounds like a theology book title, and is pretty generic to boot. This is hands down (no pun intended) the best book on local church purpose and involvement and now they’re going to lose their audience (which I believe is a younger audience) to the hands of wonder.
You're not part of an audience - you're part of a congregation. Although Joshua Harris has done a phenomenal job with providing examples and personal stories, he sets up quite an idealistic example of the church.