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Where Are All the Brothers?: Straight Answers to Men's Questions about the Church Paperback – May 9, 2008
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"With trained head and tender heart the author enters the domain of the reader just as a physician enters the examining room. He responds to disturbing questions by giving biblical and practical prescriptions for help and healing."
—Sheila M. Bailey, President, E. K. Bailey Ministries, Dallas
"I don't believe anyone could read this book without being compellingly affected. If you miss any other book this year, don't miss this one."
—Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Redmond gingerly affirms the black man while taking biblical truths to dispel myths surrounding the church. Men, keep this evangelistic tool in your pocket!"
—Monique Robinson, Pastor of Women's Discipleship, Faithful Central Bible Church, Inglewood, California; Author of Longing for Daddy
About the Author
Eric C. Redmond (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and associate pastor of adult ministries at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He previously served on the council of the Gospel Coalition. He is the author of Ephesians: A 12-Week Study and has contributed chapters to Glory Road and Don't Call It a Comeback.
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Top Customer Reviews
In fact, "Where Are All the Brothers?" is "theology in disguise." It is a practical manual written with wit and wisdom in particular for the black male who has a litany of reasons for being unchurched.
Chapter by chapter in bite-size chunks, Pastor Redmond helps men to digest biblical and practical answers to questions they have about the value of Christianity and the Church. He challenges men to give him ten minutes for nine days. His prayer is that his male readers will be transformed by truth and in turn African American churches will experience a reformation as an army of African American men march back into leadership in church and society.
In many ways, Pastor Redmond writes like the great African American pastors of the past--Rev. Richard Allen, Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne, Pastor Peter Randolph, Pastor Lemeul Haynes, and so many other stalwarts of the faith. They share in common the courage of their conviction that God's truth sets men free.
Day by day, Redmond disabuses men of lies about Christ, Christianity, and the church. Day one: addressing hypocrites in the church. Day two: explaining the inspiration of Scripture. Day three: interacting about the role of men and women in the church. Day four: exploring the preacher's calling. Day five: contrasting what Islam claims to offer Black men and what Christ offers all men. Day six: discussing the church and money. Day seven: defending organized religion. Day eight: honoring the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.Read more ›
Good: I found this book not only informative and challenging, but extremely easy to read. Redmond begins with a basic plea for readers to give just 10 minutes a day for 9 days, and that is an adequate amount of time to cover this book. If you were to give it to somebody you were trying to persuade to come to church, any church, then that is a reasonable request, and could easily get through the book. If that is your reason for reading the book, make sure you follow it up with some good conversations regarding each chapter.
Not-so-Good: While I don't want to be nit-picky, I am not a big fan of reading books that overly dialogical. However, I think for what Redmond was trying to do, I don't know how you could have written it any other way. Its meant to be used as a resource to give to men you have friendships with over concerns regarding church involvement. The dialogical nature works for this purpose.
Highlights/Quotes: By far, Redmond does a great job all around. I think his chapters dealing with the allure of Islam for men, and the all time favorite, "Doesn't the church just want my money?" are his most insightful contributions to the issue.Read more ›
All of us have noticed this problem, but we rarely say anything about it. It's huge, but too few try to solve it. Men have become an endangered species in the church! When I have been asked about the problem, I've searched my brain for deep ecclesiological, anthropological answers. But from now on I am going to tell churches to stockpile Eric Redmond's new release "Where are All the Brothers?"
The book is ingenious for its simplicity. Redmond doesn't write to pastors and theologians so they can pontificate about the problem. Why do that? These brothers are already in church. He writes directly to men who are playing hooky--and not in a scolding, or demeaning way, but like a smooth lawyer who's never lost a case because he knows his jury. Redmond knows his brothers, and he knows why they've stopped coming to church. So with honest answers, he point by point overcomes all of their objections. And the amazing thing to me is that he accomplishes this with chapters any brother will read because they are only a couple of pages long! If I ever get to meet Redmond, I am going to ask him to teach me the skill of being profound while keeping it real, clear, and brief.
If you are concerned about getting men back into the church, do what I am going to do. Stop talking about the problem, buy this book in bulk, and give it out to all of your male new visitors, your "come alone to church" married sisters, and then pray for God to bring a rain of men back into His church.
Pastor Robert S. Scott, Sr.
General editor of Secret Sex Wars: A Battle Cry For Purity
Most Recent Customer Reviews
smaller than i thought it would be. Nine days of devotionals was not really worth the wait for the book. Good background material for other books however. Read morePublished 10 months ago by LLew
The author never really answers the question, "Where are all the Brothers?" It is a rhetorical flourish that leads into his evangelizing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert
A great read, much needed not just for African American Male's, but for any man running from the Church, very helpful planning on purchasing copies to distribute to friends &... Read morePublished 15 months ago by kevin james kensie
This is an awesome book. While short and compact... it carries a big punch! This is an apologetics book for a neglected populace of Christ's Church. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by JWBII
Where Are All the Brothers was not at all what I expected. I thought it might be just another man bashing book, but boy was I wrong. Read morePublished on March 23, 2010 by M. Croston
I am still trying to grasp this whole concept of the missing Black men in church...Published on February 23, 2010 by Christie L. Thomas
Where Are All the Brothers? Straight Answers About Men's Questions about the Church.
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