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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (December 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898702216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898702217
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a beautifully written book in which sentences give the impression of having been carefully crafted.
Harmonious
Howard makes it clear that he still has a great love and respect for his Evangelical roots: this is by no means an anti-Evangelical book.
Aquila
Mr. Howard is very articulate and fair in his portrayal of both the evangelical and liturgical traditions within Christianity.
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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Bainbridge on August 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
As an evangelical deeply interested in and sympathetic to Catholicism, I found Thomas Howard's "Evangelical is not Enough" to be one of the most moving religious books I've read in years. Howard was born into an evangelical family, moved into an Anglican communion as an adult, and subsequent to the first publishing of "Not Enough" became a Roman Catholic. This is NOT a Roman Catholic apologia. As noted, Howard's famous (and, within evangelical circles, highly controversial) conversion post-dates this book. Instead, is an apologia for all the apostolic liturgical starins of Christianity (including the Anglican and Orthodox traditions).
Although the story is obviously colored by Howard's faith journey, this is not a biography or memoir. Instead, it is an exploration of the liturgical tradition written by someone deeply sympathetic to the evangelical tradition. Howard explores such controverted issues as Mary, the authority of scripture and church teaching (sola scriptura), justification (sola fide), and liturgy.
I believe (with Howard) that the evangelical churches have gone too far in rejecting liturgy. A traditional High Church service touches my soul far more deeply than the modern praise worship so common in evangelical services. (I was recently in one of those mega-churches where they serve Starbucks coffee and everybody takes their latte into the pew. I'm glad there are churches like that for people who prefer that style of worship, but its not for me.) The hard questions for me are the touchstones of Reformation theology--sola scriptura and sola fide. Does the apostolic tradition have authority or is only scripture authoritative? Is salvation by faith alone or by faith and works? Howard has struggled with these issues too and has given us a fair, balanced, honest, and deeply scriptural set of answers. In sum, HIGHLY recommended.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Aquila on August 23, 1998
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Howard was a shining star among Protestant Evangelicals until his conversion to Catholicism in the 1980s, and that conversion is described and explained in this book. His decision shocked his former Evangelical compatriots, some of whom attacked him rather severely for it. Howard had already written several books on Christian themes--some dealing with his hero, C.S. Lewis--and has continued in recent years to write books discussing aspects of the Catholic faith. This work is a fascinating apologetic about the limitations of Evangelicalism and the fullness of liturgical Christianity. It has much within its pages that will benefit Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Howard's gift for making complicated issues clear has led some to call him "America's answer to C.S. Lewis."

Howard makes it clear that he still has a great love and respect for his Evangelical roots: this is by no means an anti-Evangelical book. He found, however, that despite all the passionate zeal that he felt earlier in his life, there was still something missing--something that he discovered could only be found (much to his surprise) in the liturgy. One of Howard's strengths is his ability to anticipate the objections that Protestants hold regarding each topic, which allows him to explain liturgical Christianity with greater clarity while still retaining what is good about the Evangelical approach. The fact that he once shared these objections gives added weight and open-mindedness to his discussion. It is clear that Howard's interest is to find the Truth, not to take sides in a partisan theological debate, and in that sense this book is perhaps something of a spiritual thriller. His tone is always optimistic, sympathetic, passionate, and informative.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Ian Drummond on December 8, 1999
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Tom Howard has written an excellent book here. It does not have to be read by a Catholic in order to gain great meaning from the work. As an evangelical, I can identify with what he discusses as lacking in the Church. He does a good job at identifying exactly the issues he sets out to work with: worshipping God in liturgy and sacrament. It is not a This-Is-Why-You-Should-Be-Catholic book, or at least does not necessarily have to be taken as a work of Catholic apologetics. He is aiming at the need in ANY church to identify its roots and appreciate 2,000 years of history in the communion of saints.
It was valuable to learn about the reason behind many traditions. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who sees the traditional liturgy as rote memorization, boring and irrelevant to their life. Tom Howard breaths life into doctrines and practices of the Church, both traditional evangelical and Catholic, that many people can lose sight of.
What I liked, though, is that he took it to the next step, claiming that worshipping God is not entirely subjective, i.e. it is objectively GOOD to have roots in tradition. So often Christians are comfortable with "whatever size fits" in worship, and don't consider that WHAT they do may be as important as how they FEEL when doing it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By bill_the_great on January 26, 2004
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Recently, several Evangelical Christians have converted to more traditional and sacramentally oriented churches. The big headlines were that most of these converts were going over to Catholicism and to a lesser extent Eastern Orthodoxy and the Anglican Communion. But, few seemed to notice that one of the main threads through all of these conversions was a strong desire for more meaningful worship after a rush by many conservative Evangelicals to make their services more contemporary. Thomas Howard's book "Evangelical Is Not Enough" speaks perfectly to those longings and shows how the liturgy satisfies them.
Growing up in a conservative Protestant background, Howard felt that more sensual and liturgical brands of worship weren't "spiritual" or were nothing but a "dead ritual." Through a journey that spanned several years, Howard explains how the liturgical worship he used to view as a "famine" became a feast to the eyes, ears and touch.
Given the title, one would think that this is a fierce polemic on the inadequacy of Evangelicalism. Nothing could be further from the truth. While making sure to praise the Evangelicalism that nurtured him in the faith, he also critiques its deficiencies as someone who loves his fathers in faith so much that he must point them out because of that great love. Howard anticipates virtually every objection that people from his background can make against liturgical worship and answers them briefly, but in a cogent manner.
While this is a topic that can be extremely dry, Howard packages his views and spiritual journey in such magnificent prose that the reader is awakened to the drama that takes place at the seemingly hum-drum Mass, Divine Liturgy or Anglican services.
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