This book was on my wish list a long time, then I made the decision to stop going to a church where I have been a memeber for 12 years. That week I recieved this book in the mail. It was like God was speaking to me. I needed this book telling me a relationship with God is more important than meetings, and people trying to change you into something you are not. It is an eye opener of what God really wants from us. Love one another as He has loved youl
This was a thought provoking book on the way we look at "church" and how we might approach worship differently.
I have mixed emotions about this book. It makes great points about the problems that come with "organized religion", makes you yearn for a deeper, truer relationship with God, and leads you to take a good look at your own actions or lack thereof. It also loudly reveals the bias the authors have against organized church units.
The authors plainly point out how they believe that churches are toxic, then throw in a little comment here and there that there "are" some churches or parts that are not that bad. I fully acknowledge that many have been hurt by events/attitudes/actions in churches, but the theology base of this book is a bit off course. I myself have been deeply hurt by something that occurred at church, but I do not subscribe to the theory of "throw the baby out with the bathwater."
The book is worth reading, not sorry I did. It makes great points towards openly showing that our personal relationship with God is more important than anything we will ever work on here on earth. I gasped when I reached the end and got it about John. In the end, though, the skewed-to-the-side theology left me disappointed.