Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Book Review ~ ReChurch

I have been chomping at the bit to share this book with you!

I read it a few months ago but wasn't sure when was the right time to share about the book and my review.

I have no doubt that this book will be just what some of us need to read right now.

Just two days ago I shared a little bit about the beauty of the church Working Together, but let's face it, almost every single person reading this has been hurt by "the church" at one point or another.

It's going to happen...not because I'm being cynical but because the church is made up of people just like you and me.

We're not perfect, we make mistakes and sometimes people get hurt.

Whether you
worked at a church, 
ran a ministry, 
sat in the pews, 
served on a team, 
sang on stage,
held open the front door, or
helped park cars
you were the church and it was a part of you.

I get it...totally and completely I get it.

I've been hurt too!

I've also probably been the one to hurt someone else
(and that is hard to swallow as well).

This book, ReChurch ~ Healing Your Way Back To the People of God, by Stephen Mansfield is a fantastic resource for anyone, and I truly mean anyone, that has been hurt by church.

From the Back Cover...

If you’ve ever attended church, you’ve probably suffered a church hurt.

Our stories are all too familiar: The church we once loved broke up or our favorite pastor was fired or the musicians all left when the elders cracked down on the style of worship. The former pastor had an affair or the new pastor doesn’t support Israel or the youth leader rebuked the teenagers for wanting to date. And so it goes.

Stephen Mansfield has been there. Though he is now a New York Times bestselling author, a popular speaker, and a man who advises leaders around the world, Stephen was also a pastor for twenty years. And he loved it for most of those two decades. Then he learned how much a church can hurt. Thankfully, he also learned how to dig out of that hurt, break through the bitterness and anger, stop making excuses, and get back to where he needed to be with God and his people.
If you’re ready to take the tough path to healing, Mansfield will walk you through it with love and understanding, showing you how you can be better than ever on the other side of the mess . . . but only if you’re willing to ReChurch.

You can also read an interview that the 700 Club did with Stephen Mansfield.  

In an effort to be transparent with you I hope that bringing up the topic of church hurts meets you right where you are.  It's real.  It happens. Healing takes time, but it needs to happen.

I pray that if you have some church hurts that you are dealing with right this very minute that you would consider taking the steps to get healthy.  Maybe, just maybe this book will help you as much as it has helped me.

Praying for you...

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Disclaimer ~ I did not receive a copy of this book to review, I purchased this book on my own and all the opinions expressed are completely mine.

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