Everybody wants to be spiritual. But nobody wants to be religious. Everybody is looking for a rich spiritual life. But nobody is looking to church.As a pastor, Todd Hunter found himself disillusioned, burned out and needing to drop out of traditional forms of church. He experimented with house churches and other options but was still dissatisfied. Eventually he found himself sneaking off to worship services on Sunday mornings with surprising results.What did the historic spiritual practices of church do for him? How did they lead to a life of centered peace, chart a path to simplicity and cause him to reach out to others while focusing on the glory of God?Walk with Hunter on this journey to find spiritual riches in a surprising place. You might just give church another chance.
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Date:May 31, 2010
'Giving Church Another Chance' by Todd Hunter is at once autobiographical, confessional, and even a little theological. Hunter discusses nine practices that he terms as follows: going to church and being sent, quiet prelude and reflection, singing and living the doxology, Scripture reading and embodying the story, hearing the sermon and obedience, following the liturgy, giving an offering and simplicity, taking communion and thankfulness, and finally receiving the benediction and blessing others. I believe that Hunters book will serve well those for whom it seems intended those who might be open to giving church another chance and those who may have never had any substantial exposure to church practices. I find the following to be the most positive aspects. First, Hunter does not sugarcoat his frustrations with the church but he does not bash the church either. It is clear that Hunter loves the church and his tone is firm yet gentle. Second, Hunter emphasizes throughout that the church practices are to be done in community with others. Hunters thoughts here offer us, I feel, a fresh perspective on being the church together. Third, throughout the book Hunter displays holistic thinking. He sees our beliefs, actions, and spiritual formation as intimately related to each other. Fourth, for Hunter the spiritual practices are not ends in themselves. One does the spiritual practices not merely for oneself, but for others as well. The practices are intended to shape and propel us into the narrative and mission of God. The practices themselves are missional! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Todd Hunter to read and post a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.