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ReChurch: Healing Your Way Back to the People of God Hardcover – March 31, 2010

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If you’ve ever attended church, you’ve probably suffered a church hurt.
Our stories are all too familiar: The church we once loved broke up or our favorite pastor was fired or the musicians all left when the elders cracked down on the style of worship. The former pastor had an affair or the new pastor doesn’t support Israel or the youth leader rebuked the teenagers for wanting to date. And so it goes.
Stephen Mansfield has been there. Though he is now a New York Times bestselling author, a popular speaker, and a man who advises leaders around the world, Stephen was also a pastor for twenty years. And he loved it for most of those two decades. Then he learned how much a church can hurt. Thankfully, he also learned how to dig out of that hurt, break through the bitterness and anger, stop making excuses, and get back to where he needed to be with God and his people.
If you’re ready to take the tough path to healing, Mansfield will walk you through it with love and understanding, showing you how you can be better than ever on the other side of the mess . . . but only if you’re willing to ReChurch.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BarnaBooks (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414333285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414333281
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular speaker who coaches leaders worldwide.

He first rose to global attention with his groundbreaking book "The Faith of George W. Bush," an enormous bestseller that Time magazine credited with shaping the 2004 U.S. presidential election. The book was also a source for Oliver Stone's award-winning film "W." Mansfield's "The Faith of Barack Obama" was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, Pope Benedict XVI and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Publishers Weekly has described his book, Killing Jesus, as "masterful." His recent "Mansfield's Book of Manly Men" has inspired men's events around the world. In 2014, Mansfield released The Miracle of the Kurds, an introduction to the Kurdish people that reached bookstores just as Kurdish troops were standing heroically against the evils of ISIS in the Middle East. The book was named "Book of the Year" by Rudaw, the leading Kurdish news service.

Stephen speaks widely about men, leadership, the power of heritage, and the forces that shape modern culture. He is also an in-demand leadership coach whose firm, The Mansfield Group, offices in Washington D.C. just three blocks from the White House.

Mansfield lives in Nashville and Washington, D.C. with his wife Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer.

For more information, log on to StephenMansfield.TV.

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"[Jesus] loves his bride. Go figure. She's a mess in my view, but he's crazy about her and won't put up with me either speaking ill of her or pulling away from her if I am going to be intimate with him... The fact is that if you are going to love Jesus, you're going to have to make nice with his wife."

When I saw ReChurch: Healing Your Way Back to the People of God, I knew it was a book I needed to read personally. As the wife of a pastor, I don't have the option of leaving physically when things get tough but sometimes leaving mentally and emotionally can be just as bad. Or worse. Can I be that honest with you? I have never given up on serving God but there are days I want to give up on his people- myself included. Myself more often than not. If that has ever described you, you need to read this book.

Stephen Mansfield has not written a book that will prompt you to rant and rave about what those church people have done or how everyone's just a hypocrite or how bad you have it and how much "those people" have done to hurt you. Instead, he quickly shares his own journey through the pain of being hurt by those from whom you least expect it (without giving details or bashing those from his past) and then the rough road back to healing. I say rough road because he doesn't focus on what everyone else has done or continues to do, but he focuses on you. He focuses on me. He leads us to look at ourselves, to look at our beliefs, to look at the truth of the situation, and to view the church as God does. He gives a wonderful illustration about how we hold onto our bitterness, one that will stay with me for a long time to come.

He writes from the perspective of a man who was formerly a pastor and continues in a different type of ministry now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Hamaker on May 5, 2010
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George Barna sets the stage in the foreword by diagnosing the problem: ecclesia exitus. This, he explains, is "the Latin term for church dropout" (ix). Then Barna cites a staggering statistic: "[N]early four out of every ten unchurched people (37 percent) in the United States avoid church because of bad experiences in a church or in relation to church people" (xii).

In this book Stephen Mansfield sets out to bring people back to church. He is concerned that "[S]ome of the most gifted and potentially powerful Christians I know are right now at a Starbucks or at a bar somewhere griping about the church, too tainted by grief and bitterness to be any use to anyone" (12). The growing number of people who "Like Jesus but Not the Church" has theological implications, too. Mansfield insists, "To think that we are entitled to love God and hate his people is sin" (15).

Diving in, he pins the problem (at least in these cases) on our forgetfulness of human nature. He says, "In our sentimentality about our church and those we love in it, we forget to stand guard against the natural failings of humanity" (45). Contrasting physical pain and emotional pain, he insists, "If we sit on a sharp object, the pain stops when jump up. When we are hurt emotionally, though, we carry the torment with us as we go" (66).

Moving forward, Mansfield walks the reader through forgiving the person(s) who caused the hurt. That process begins with identifying the positives and expressing gratitude for those things (107). His view about the origin of the negatives, however, teeters and totters between God's ordained plan and Satan's strategically placed traps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. on May 6, 2010
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If you are or have been an involved member in a church, you most likely have experienced "church hurt." Undoubtedly, you put your tail between your legs and left or you "fought the [not] good fight" and made the situation worse. Whatever your story, ReChurch by Stephen Mansfield provides a way out from the hurt and bitterness in a rather direct, but loving manner. Mansfield, a former victim of "church hurt," provides anecdotes for how he personally recovered from the hurt and details them in a way to help others recover from the same or similar issues. Mansfield does not mince words in his book and I believe this approach is needed to make his points.

Mansfield utilizes Koine Greek translations of Scripture to paint a better picture of what certain words mean. This application and the examples following allow the reader to visualize forgiveness. Mansfield backs up his solutions and statements with stories from the Bible that adds credence to his book. Additionally, Mansfield notes Scripture to remind the reader that we are to act according to God's Word. Inevitably, we are going to face tough circumstances, betrayal, and even "church hurt" [the place where we are programmed to think we are always safe]. Once we accept this truth and that humans are not infallible [yes, even church members], we can move on to the life we are called to live.

The greatest thing about this book in my eyes is that you can take Mansfield's suggestions and directions and apply them to any type of hurt, bitterness, or fragmented relationships in your life. While primarily focused on getting over the "church hurt" and getting back into a church serving, Mansfield does wonders explaining our responsibility for how hurt negatively effects us and our relationship with God.
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