Churches are morphing into new forms–emergent churches, shopping mall churches, megachurches–yet surveys show that an increasing number of believers. Philip Yancey journals his personal pilgrimage from skepticism and disillusionment about the church back to enthusiastic participation. Is it because something is wrong with the church? Perhaps that’s part of the picture. But Philip Yancey insists there is another part. In this candid.

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Jul 10, Jeanelle rated it liked it. Perhaps three and a half stars would be bette Lighter than most of Yancey’s work, but well worth reading nonetheless. Lighter than most of Yancey’s work, but well worth reading nonetheless. This was a fascinating, eye-opening look at how we ‘do church. I just am not a big fan of saying any good that we do has to have our church name attached to it somehow.

Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage

This was required reading for one of my courses and it doesn’t necessarily apply to me. This is a great read for people struggling with their feelings about the church and their faith.

Jan 02, Pat rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I agree with much of what the author observes. I can understand if someone is dealing with a major life illness that limits their abilities but I don’t see any biblical support for such a dangerous view.

Church: Why Bother?

Jul 29, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the fourth time reading it in and it convinces me every time.


Refresh and try again. I’ve been reading a lot of books lately to help me deal with my growing apathy with church.

Aug 28, Citrine rated it it was ok Shelves: His writing took a more personal, introspective turn even as his activities turned outward. This one is centered on Church. It was years later when he heard preached and understood grace that he came back tancey appreciate the fellowship of local believers.

Church: Why Bother? – Philip YanceyPhilip Yancey

Yancey details his own journey away from phllip back to the church. Eugene H Peterson Dr. It’s not a walk of defeat, but one in which we have declared our freedom. I began my journey back mainly by encountering a world very different than I had been taught, an expansive world of beauty and cjurch.

This is an interesting read for another perspective on the Church. And Sunday morning rolls around and a lazy morning sounds so amazing! The book is well-written, but easy to read only pages, with very relatable stories and analogies that illustrates his points.

Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage – Philip Yancey – Google Books

As the daughter of a minister my mom is a Southern Baptist children’s minister, and I often felt I got the short side of the stick – she was available to all of God’s children, it seemed, but not her own as I was growing up and the members of the congregation wuy her well beyond her job description I very much related to much of what Yancey said in this short but invaluable little work.


In the process he interviewed diverse people enriched by their personal faith, such as President Jimmy Carter, Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller, and Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. I feel called to speak to those living in the borderlands of faith.

I whh not through with the book yet, but what I have read has helped me a lot. Yet the New Testament stubbornly presents the church as being more like a family than an institution I feel overwhelming gratitude that I can make a living writing about the questions that most interest me.

From growing up in rural Georgia in a fundamentalist church to his experience at LaSalle Street Church in inner city Chicago, Philip yanxey on yanvey church, his own perceptions of it, and the various metaphors the Bible uses to describe it. In his candid, thought-provoking manner, award-winning author Philip Yancey reveals the reasons behind his own journey back from skepticism to wholehearted participation in the church, and weighs the church’s human failings against its compelling worth as the body of Christ.

Lists with This Book. Well written and very “readable.