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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (August 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426709145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426709142
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report  named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly identified him as one of the top “Ten People to Watch.” Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of Why? Making Sense of God's Will, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong, Confronting the Controversies, Making Love Last a Lifetime, Unleashing the Word, Leading Beyond the Walls, Selling Swimsuits in the Arctic, Christianity and World Religions, Christianity's Family Tree and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

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Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Enough, When Christians Get it Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

Customer Reviews

A great book and an easy read.
Mitch
Totally agree with the author though a good read to see the perspectives of rejected church goers.
greg
Another very good book by Adam Hamilton, one of the most underlined writers of our time.
Big D

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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 17, 2010
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I was raised Catholic and have long since left the Church, or I guess I could say the Church left me, making it abundantly clear that I was unwanted. I am not a Christian at this point, nor do I have a belief in Christ that Christianity would require. Nevertheless since this religion is so prevalent in the society I live in, I strive to know its trends and issues.

When Christians Get it Wrong is not only an important book, it soothes the souls of those who have been rejected and hurt and harmed by the sort of Christianity that has become all too prevalent in modern day society (I've heard it distinguished from the Christianity Christ taught by calling it Leviticism or Christianism). Adam Hamilton targets 5 areas that are most cited by the young adults who are either leaving organized Christianity or uninterested in joining, voting with their feet against the way they perceive Christians to think and behave.

The main issues are: hypocrisy and acting in "unChristian" ways, beliefs about other religions, political involvement and anti-science, anti-homosexual views, and the question of where God is when suffering happens.

The last question is an eternal one that doesn't quite fit with the rest of the book and the author comes up with as good an answer as I've ever seen to it; however, I was much more intrigued by his addressing of the other 4 issues, because I agree with the young adults surveyed that all four things leave a bad taste in the mouths of many viewing Christianity (particularly the Christianity that grabs all the oxygen in the room these days). The author addresses each one humbly, and in all cases agrees that the behaviors perceived have been present.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on August 13, 2010
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I thought Reverend Hamilton's sermon series turned into a book was really nice. I saw a video promoting the book and as a college aged student, felt compelled to read it. I was very pleased with what Rev. Hamilton had to say. My only disappointment was the level of language used in this book. I feel as though such simple language is effective in communicating to the masses but I would get frustrated at times with the elementary language used. (Maybe this is a consequence of being in such an academic environment!) This very easy to read book would have been better if he further articulated his points but I enjoyed it nonetheless and would recommended this books to EVERYONE. To non-Christians, it says, "Hey, we're not all the same." To different minded Christians, it says, "Hey, consider this line of theology." And to like minded Christians, it says, "Hey, you're not alone." A great read for everyone of all ages 8-80!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kyle J. Holt on August 13, 2010
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This should be required reading for every thinking person who wrestles with faith, organized religion, and Christianity. Christian hypocrisy is one of the major issues that atheists, agnostics, and non-Christians often bring up in debates about the merits of Christianity. Many times that criticism is fair. This book addresses these issues head on, with an approach of fairness and grace. Rather than running from the topics, Pastor Adam Hamilton has turned the spotlight onto them. He discusses what is expected of people of faith, how we fall short, what to do about it, and what Scripture tells us about many of the most controversial subjects. His way of addressing the issues that often turn people off from Christianity should turn people on to Christianity...including Christians who are getting it wrong!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 17, 2010
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When Christians Get It Wrong / 978-1-426-70914-2

I am not a Christian. In fact, I consider myself to be an ex-Christian, at least in part because of some of the issues that author Hamilton brings up here in this excellent book. And yet, I've read some wonderful material from Christian scholars and pastors, and now I can add Hamilton's book to that category.

Hamilton has set out to catalog and address the issues that most seem to drive young people away from the church today. With scripture in one hand, logical analysis in the other, and with his heart firmly in the right place, he seeks to open a dialogue with older, more established members of the church and with some of the attitudes that are driving young people away.

For the most part, he succeeds admirably. Hamilton's tone is educational and explanatory, but it never feels like he's "talking down" to the audience; instead he seems very interested in always seeing all sides of a controversy. He explains his view of scripture, and why he thinks that disasters aren't God's punishment on people, and why he believes that evolution and Christianity are fully compatible. Throughout all his writing, there's these strong undercurrents of love and acceptance - Hamilton's God is clearly a god of love, and he wants to share it with his readers.

When this book gets it "right" it does so to the sound of my applause; for instance, I'm thrilled that Hamilton understands that to learn and teach others about "other religions", you MUST speak to people in that religion, rather than cribbing the writings of some OTHER Christian who may or may not have gotten it all terribly wrong.
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