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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Rev Upd edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078523215X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785232155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Murrow is an award-winning television producer and writer based in Alaska, most recently working for Sarah Palin. A best-selling author, he is also director of Church for Men, an organization that helps churches connect with men and boys. David and his wife, Gina, have three children.

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Overall, I thought it was a really interesting book.
A couple of different times I just looked at my wife and smiled because many of things that I read in the book were happening right before my eyes.
Juan Cruz Jr
I barely got the first paragraph read before my husband took over the book and basically read it all in one night.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ryan A. Reed on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Why Men Hate Going to Church (Review)

David Murrow's book "Why Men Hate Going to Church" was an interesting read to say the least. Murrow's writing was compelling and the book was an overall easy read as you flip through pages of his analysis of what he believes to be a persistent problem within the Western Church. The author identifies that there is an issue with male attendance at churches throughout the United States and asserts that the issue lies primarily in the over feminization of Christianity.

Murrow presents valid concerns as statistics show that male attendance is in decline in many American churches. He believes that the core issue is that most churches are geared towards woman in their practices and methodology. As I read through "Why Men Hate Going to Church" I found the book accomplishing one good thing: it made me think. I had to ask myself what I believe the causes for the low numbers in male attendees. This motivated thinking is where my positive encounter with this book ended.

In the book Murrow paints a picture of the average male as being, in my opinion, brainless, bored, and lacking in attention while those that are academic, artistic, and creative are portrayed as effeminate. He claims that the church has been geared towards woman almost out of laziness and that the church must be reclaimed for male domination. The problem lies in the fact that Murrow's portrayal of masculinity is limited at best and chauvinistic at its worst.

Ultimately, I believe that there are two main problems with Murrow's approach within "Why Men Hate Going to Church". First, the practices that Murrow identifies are hindering male attendance are not due to feminization but overall poor ministerial practice.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James R. V. Matichuk on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
In this updated edition of his 2005 book Why Men Hate Going to Church David Murrow has addressed a real, verifiable problem. Men don't go to church, at least not in the numbers that women do. Why is this? Are Women more spiritual than men? Less fallen? No, but among the various factors that keep men out of the pews, Murrow finds that the church have soft-pedaled parts of the gospel painting Jesus as the gentle lamb of God without also showing us that He is the Lion of Judah, ferocious and wild. He asserts that if the church is to recapture the culture, grow, fulfill its mission, take risks, do something significant, be more orthodox, cultivate commitment among the youth, then we need to retool how we do church in ways that appeal more to men and make them feel like church is worthwhile.

What Murrow attempts to do in these pages is point out the lack of men in church, identify some of the ways that church culture has excluded men, and offer some practical advice on how to make church more man friendly. I applaud this goal. The issues he speaks of are real and if men are to be encouraged to pursue a real and vibrant faith, clearly this means doing ministry in ways that speak to men. A promise keeper's male hug-fest doesn't translate to more men in the church. Murrow tries to put his finger on the pulse of what does. For this I applaud him. And so, what is the problem? Several in fact:

1. Murrow bases his analysis on unhelpful gender stereotypes garnered from pop-psychology. In chapter one, Murrow makes the case that the church displays feminine values because Christian values. Murrow utilizes Men Are From Mars, Women are From Venus to make his point that culturally, the Church is seen as feminine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dubious Disciple on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have a confession to make. I accepted this book for review thinking it might be good for a few laughs. Get a guy through the church doors? What are you gonna do, turn it into a sports bar?

I was wrong about David's book. Oh, I laughed alright--a lot!--but all the time I was chuckling, I was nodding. David has nailed it.

Funny thing is, speaking as a guy, we don't know why we hate church. We just know it's uncomfortable. The awkwardness has to be explained to us ... and when it is, we finally nod knowingly.

David probably thinks his book is for pastors. No, it's for couples. Ladies, if you want your guy sitting next to you in the pew, read this. Then find a new church together. One where the pastor has read the book, too.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeff S on December 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
I finally finished reading David Murrow's "Why Men Hate Going to Church (updated)", after having put it down for a couple of months while I read other books and worked on other things.

The best I can say about this book is that it is a gold mine, in the truest sense of the term. You see, my wife watches Gold Rush on Discovery Channel, so I wind up watching quite a bit of it with her. On that show, various crews move around literally TONS of earth, searching for a few specks of gold. That is EXACTLY what you will be doing reading this book - searching through tons of detritus (to put it gently) for the occasional HINT of something worth noting.

To say I was disappointed in this book would be a statement in contention for understatement of the year, at least. Upon seeing the title and even a couple of the other BookSneeze reviews, I actually requested BookSneeze make this available in eBook format, which is how I read all my books now. I was hoping for something as mind blowing and concrete as Shaunti Feldhan's seminal work, For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men. Instead, the "research" in this book at one point literally consisted of the author standing outside an Alaska sporting goods store and asking 97 men what they thought was masculine or feminine about church.

And that is the most glaring flaw of this book - little to no actual research to base the author's claims on. Instead, he draws on what he personally sees and how he personally feels. Which is fine, if the title would have been "Why Me and My Friends Hate Going to Church". But in purporting to talk about a genuinely real crisis, the author falls flat on his face due to so little research on the topic.
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