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.

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