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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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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I read this book in about 4 days, which is very unusual for me. I enjoyed it a lot at first but towards the end I discerned a pattern she seemed to use. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SorenTwo
Pretty well summarizes it...what worked a century ago does not work todayPublished 5 months ago by Kenneth A. Peterson
I read bits and pieces of the book and know enough of Ms. Duin's work to feel qualified to make a comment. What I didn't see addressed is what I believe is part of what Ms. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Seeker of Truth
Good synopsis on why people are not going to the traditional churches.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I first obtained a copy from a thrift shop. Didn't put it down until I had completed reading it. Ordered 10 other used copies and gave them to friends and to my ministers. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jarrett G. Melvin
In this thought-provoking book, author, journalist and committed-Christian Julia Duin looks at the epidemic of people simply walking away from church. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
I read the book and reread several chapters. Alarming to say that out country and churches are heading away from the traditional church. Read morePublished 20 months ago by phylfin
I appreciate that this book was written from the standpoint of research as well as personal experience. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sue