From Publishers Weekly
Duin brings two kinds of experiences to bear in this engaging little jeremiad: as religion editor for the Washington Times
, she is in her element marshaling statistics, interviewing authors and clergy, and commenting on the trend of faithful evangelicals who increasingly vote with their feet by leaving their churches. But she's also a self-described born-again evangelical herself, coping with the personal pain of not having a viable and permanent church home. Drawing heavily on research by pollster George Barna, Duin diagnoses a widespread dissatisfaction among evangelicals, who feel their churches do a decent job with new Christians but fall far short with mature believers. In particular, Duin shows, women and singles are leaving churches in ever-greater numbers. (As a single woman herself, she discusses her own experiences with being marginalized while successfully evoking a larger context through research and polls.) Duin has some prescriptions to help with these problems, including meatier sermons that address real issues; house churches and micro-churches that foster more genuine community; and even in-church matchmaking services to help singles who want to find a mate. (Sept.)
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From the Inside Flap
As a successful religion reporter, Julia Duin has heard from many--and experienced in her own life--the difficulty of feeling connected to churches that too often seem disconnected from real-life pressures and unresponsive to personal needs. Yet she was surprised to discover just how many, from all walks of life, are simply giving up and quitting the traditional church altogether. Her journalistic yet personal exploration of this church-leaving epidemic offers pastors and church leaders a helpful first step in understanding and engaging the true spiritual and practical needs of church-weary and church-less believers.