Category Archives: Spiritual

Why Men Hate Going to Church By David Murrow

Book Description:

It’s Sunday morning… where are all the men? Golfing? Watching TV? Playing softball? Mowing the lawn? Sleeping? One place you won’t find them is in church. Only less than 40% of adults in most churches are men, and 20-25% of married churchgoing women attend without their husbands. And why are the men who do go to church so bored? Why won’t they let God change their hearts?

 

Summary:

In this revolutionary book, David Murrow provides comprehensive, eye-opening research and an influential awareness on the facts to explain the problem why men, more than women, dislike going to church and getting involved in religious activities, more specifically with churchy stuff, not theologies.  It provides different perspectives on various statistics, and explains with engaging stories and information on why men are not as involved in the church as they are supposed to be.  This book is not about how to call men back to the church, but it teaches the church (women, men, pastors, musicians, authors, businessmen alike) on how to reach more men.

 

My Reactions:

I enjoyed reading the book, as it is entertaining and it presents stories that anyone can undoubtedly relate to…

I agree to Murrow’s goal of encouraging the church to be more appealing to men and with his discussions why churches need men’s energy and drive.

Murrow also wants to help Christianity and believes that “The religion that wins men, wins” – that is why it’s vital to Christian Churches to be able to capture the hearts of men.

One of the “aha” moments I got was when David describes the evolution of music… that the Old-fashioned Hymns (traditional songs) are songs “about God” while Praise and Worship (modern songs) are mostly sung “to God”.  He provides a funny yet practical example of why today’s music has ignored a deep need in men.  Another “aha” moment is the importance of developing a Kingdom-of-God Mentality over a Family-of-God Mentality so men would feel more valuable in the church.

What I don’t like about this book though is some of its formatting… if you like to scan first and read later like me, you may not understand the whole concept and you’d think that there are conflicting views… I don’t like how some of the sub-sections are titled, or how David would present some of his arguments, as I didn’t understand the point until I would read through a few paragraphs earlier or further ahead… But the parts/chapters of the book are divided well into small sections that are easy to read.  Besides, the author provides a helpful reading guide so you can make most of the book.

 

Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Heaven Is For Real DVD-Based Conversation Kit By Todd Burpo – Personal Review

I have heard so much about the book “Heaven is For Real” but never got the chance to actually read it yet, so when I found out about this on DVD, I was ecstatic to watch it! I learn visually and am more drawn to watching than reading texts.

However, the 5-session DVD was dry and dragging… and I got zoned out a little bit while watching. It would have been better if there was re-enactment… not just plain interview… I guess this was a low-cost production.  But, it was nice to put a face on a name and to hear innocent comments from a kid.

The 5 Sessions are entitled as follows:

  • Why Should We Care About Heaven?
  • What Is Heaven Like?
  • When Does a Person Go to Heaven?
  • Where Is Heaven?
  • Who Goes to Heaven?

Each session in the Companion Conversation Guide does provide engaging questions and devotional readings along relevant Scripture to study.  It also provides a space for personal journal at the end of each session; however, I feel the questions are too many and mostly basic…

Still, this kit is great way to know more about the Burpo family and Colton’s trip to heaven.

 

Disclaimer: I received this DVD-book kit for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious – Book Review

Same Life, New Story Book Cover Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious is a ten-week Bible study for women aimed to “change your perspective to change your life.” Does it live up to this big promise?

Book Description:

Move from what is to what can be by changing how you think and talk to yourself.

Using powerful character studies of ten women from Scripture, as well as modern-day stories from her work as a professional life coach, Bible teacher Jan Silvious helps women choose new stories instead of dumping, or wallowing in, their old lives.

Naomi, Leah, Rahab, Deborah, Hannah, Anna, Jehosheba, Abigail, Naaman’s servant girl, and Elizabeth round out the cast of characters who, with their own stories, help readers find new perspectives with amazing results. Chapters include:

  •  Realize it’s time
  • Don’t be held hostage by the past
  • Ask yourself good questions
  • Change your “I can’t” to “I can”
  • Delete the drama of the day
  • Forget the “What might have beens”
  • Discover the power of wisdom and courage
  • Get past the resistance of fear
  • Choose to bounce back
  • The last chapter has not been written yet

My Thoughts:

This is my first book review for Booksneeze.com, where I got a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of my honest opinion, so please bear with me as I share my innocent thoughts with you.

While reading through the book, I find myself reflecting and realizing that my story is not much different than others. The “Personal Reflection” questions at the end of each chapter make me dig deeper into my faith.

Jan Silvious also prompts the reader to keep a journal, which is a good way to keep track and follow through my spiritual journey. I like that Silvious shows you what to add to a personal journal along with this book/Bible study.

I’ve learned more about key biblical women than I knew before, as well as discovered myself in the process. This book is an awesome read to learn about a great life story that God wants to write for your life. If you want to change your perspectives in your life, and eventually change your life to the better, then check out this book, which is a great Bible study.

 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.