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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (August 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426709145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426709142
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,226 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.

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The author addresses each one humbly, and in all cases agrees that the behaviors perceived have been present.
Colleen McMahon
As a pastor and one who desires to share Jesus with all around me, I am touched and challenged by the love of God manifest in this book.
Mac D. Culver
As indicated earlier, it is difficult to read an Adam Hamilton book without underlining part of almost every page.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Colleen McMahon 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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer AlLee VINE VOICE on October 18, 2010
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In his book When Christians Get It Wrong, Adam Hamilton takes a look at perceptions and actions that chase people away from organized religion. There are some parts of this book that I agreed with. I nodded my head, recognizing the error. Or I saw it for the first time in myself, and bowed my head in shame. But there are other parts that made me raise an eyebrow. Parts that had me thinking, "Is that really scriptural?" Notice, I'm not telling you which parts are which. That's up to you to decide for yourself.

I think it's natural that a book meant to point out error can cause controversy. Most people who read this book won't agree with everything in it. But it definitely provides a great starting point for some lively conversations about theology, doctrine, and (most importantly) the love of God. Read it for yourself and make your own conclusion... are you getting it wrong?

NOTE: I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2010
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This book articulates a very loving, more liberal Christianity. I don't know that I agreed with everything in it (indeed, as I am passionately conservative), but I always enjoy reading about why people believe what they do when it is expressed in a rational and caring way, which this book does.

The author discusses why Christians turn so many people off to Christ, and instead of attracting people to Christianity, turn them against it. If love is supposed to be the distinguishing mark of a Christian, why is it that this is so? He discusses:

(1) The way some Christians behave--in negative, judgmental, hypocritical, and unloving ways.
(2) The anti-intellectual attitudes of some Christians and the basis of these attitudes in fear; the author discusses at length the controversy between belief in evolution and creationism.
(3) The way some Christians view other religions--exclusivism--and discusses universalism and inclusion.
(4) The role of God in human suffering--determinism versus seeing God's hand amidst suffering.
(5) The way some Christians view homosexuality; the author makes a case that being against homosexuality is a cultural interpretation of the Bible that is no longer appropriate.

After each chapter's discussion, the author describes examples of where some Christians have gotten it right--which is of course, to have chosen love.

Whether or not you agree with the points the author makes, it is indeed refreshing to hear the views of a committed liberal Christian professed in a way that makes you think about what you believe and why. I think that this is always helpful; at least it is to me.
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