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I really liked this book. While I think it was not as bold nor did it go as far as I think it should have, at least it raised an honest point about how church is custom made for women with small children and kryptonite for men.
If you are a Christian man and wonder why you have a hard time getting amped up for church and how to fix it - this book is a great place to start.
Reader was a bit low key for the material.
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What did you love best about Why Men Hate Going to Church?
The author takes off the gloves and delves straight to the point even making me feel a bit uncomfortable at first. That, I found out quickly, was because I had been brought up in Church. Yet I was longing for this information.
What did you like best about this story?
David does tackle the subject but he keeps reassuring us readers that his intention is not to create a male-dominated church but to include men and so let the church grow naturally by their inclusion and involvement.
What about Erik Synnestvedt’s performance did you like?
Erik reads very well. Keeps a good balance between not boring and not too expressive.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Perhaps, but once delving into the content I realized it's length was necessary to develop the topic and teach as well as lead me to a full understanding of it. This helped encourage and challenge me so that I wanted to read the whole while creating a list of what needed to be done by me and in the church.
Any additional comments?
A must read for all Christian men. Women, you really should read this too! My wife enjoyed hearing this and saw quickly the ways that the Church has left men out.
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Good insightful summary of the trends we are seeing and a good read to understand a subject often talked about. Book offers practical suggestions and in depth discussions from various perspectives.
OK. I start by saying, I lead a church in the UK.
This is a very interesting read/listen. There are a few cultural differences as you would expect between a man living in Alaska and a man living in East Sussex, (Not too much bear hunting goes on in these parts), but this should not get in the way of the overall message.
David Murrow carefully and skillfully handles a broad range of sociological data sets and eloquently explains the conclusions he draws from it all. This is not a book that attacks the church, nor women in church, but it carefully explains what church has become and why it appeals to a predominately female audience. Murrow identifies the real difficulty of achieving a balance of genders across the congregation and offers some frequently uncomfortable solutions.
If you are a church leader, listen to this book and suppress the instinct to be defensive, or perhaps that is just me. If you are normally in the congregation, ask your leader if they have read it and if not gift it to them. :o)
very important look into why Christian churches are losing men in droves and what to do to stop it. All Christians regardless of denomination need to read this.You may not agree with all the solutions, but this is a very important starting point.