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The Other Half of Church: Christian Community, Brain Science, and Overcoming Spiritual Stagnation by [Jim Wilder, Michel Hendricks]
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Praise for The Other Half of Church

"This book is genius. It will soon be a standard among discipleship experts. If you have ever been frustrated at the hit-or-miss success of the church’s ability to guide people into real life change, this book is for you. It not only explains why traditional discipleship has struggled; it offers practical advice for creating a truly transformational discipleship culture. Jim’s expertise along with Michel’s experience and easy reading style make this book a game changer in discipleship ministry."
MARCUS WARNER, President, Deeper Walk International

"This masterfully crafted book about God’s design for our brains and how it influences spiritual growth unmasks left-brain dominance in the church and skillfully shows that the right brain is the primary driver of character change and spiritual formation. Biblical teaching, measurable strategies, and practical exercises unfold how to nurture right-brain graces of covenant love, joy, gratitude, and group identity, resulting in the goals of personal and congregational transformation. In decades of ministry, I haven’t engaged a book with such spiritual potential and power. Enthusiastically recommended."
BRUCE DEMAREST, Author and Senior Professor of Christian Formation at Denver Seminary

"Jim Wilder’s years of work in brain science are now paying off for all of us who have struggled with how to renew the mind for lasting transformation. I am grateful for this gigantic step in grasping the even better news of the gospel."
DUDLEY HALL, author of Grace Works, Orphans No More, and other books targeting spiritual growth and Christian discipleship; founder of Kerygma Ventures

"Few men have seen the church as has Jim Wilder as both a theologian and psychologist. This book is a treasury offered to you.Regardless of your age you will find food for thought that you can taste and see that God is good. goodness of God shared with us so we can pass the basket of bread on to others." 
JIM HYLTON, pastor, author, and conference speaker from Fort Worth, TX

"I don’t think I’ve read a more important book on discipleship in the past twenty-five years than this one. The church is starving for this book. It grows out of an understanding of the kingdom of God and impacts what that means to live it on a daily basis. This could be a game changer because it doesn’t deal with the “disciplines” of discipleship as much as it does the framework of how we grow and live in community. It’s not the kind of book you’ll read and put down and forget—it will stay with you as you grow in the truth it teaches."
BOB ROBERTS JR., Global Senior Pastor, Northwood Church, Keller, TX; founder,

"Every time I read a new book written by Jim Wilder, my learning curve is satisfied and blessed with teaching and tools that enable me to practice new habits and relational skills that I am eager to share with clients, friends, seminary students, identity groups, all my friends on Facebook, and everyone in the world if I could."
JOE JOHNSON, founder and director of Heart of the Father Ministries

"The Other Half of Church opens a path out of the concrete structures of established churches to go into a living garden."
THOMAS GERLACH, pastor, Hagen, Germany

"Michel Hendricks and Jim Wilder take you on a journey that may sound familiar—knowing biblical truths but not knowing how to genuinely live them out in relationship. What they find in wrestling with this reality leads to surprising places like combining neuroscience and early church spiritual practices. If you have a sense of dissatisfaction in your scriptural knowledge compared to your ability to live these teachings out in authentic caring relationships, read on. Michel’s story is a good place to start in changing that."
FERNANDO GARZON, assistant dean, School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent University

"Michel and James have dared to bring us to the realization that we have left out half of God’s equation to help us grow spiritually. They scientifically and practically offer us the elements we need to engage the second half of our brain in becoming more and more Christlike for the sake of others, and bring true character transformation from the inside out—full-brained Christian character development. A must-read for all those engaged in helping others grow spiritually and for all those feeling plateaued in their own personal growth."
RANDY FRAZEE, pastor and author of Think, Act, Be like Jesus

"For most of my Christian life (more than fifty years), I’ve had a nagging feeling that something important was missing when it came to spiritual growth. Jim and Michel have provided the missing piece—the critical role that my right brain plays in spiritual growth! For anyone interested in becoming a disciple or in making disciples, this book is a game changer!" 
JOHN WHITE, Team Leader of the LK10 Community; coauthor of Joy Fueled: Catalyzing a Revolution of Joyful Communities; host of the podcast Stories from the Revolution

"Michel Hendricks and Jim Wilder have written a brilliant book that will mark a watershed moment in the lived praxis of Christian discipleship. Bridging the connections between neuroscience and the transformative power of the gospel, Hendricks and Wilder have gifted the body of Christ with profound insights into workings of the human brain in relationship to the heart of the Father for His church."
JULIA R. MOORE, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte; cofounder of Moore Grace Ministries, Charlotte, NC

"The Other Half of Church clearly points out what we all know intuitively—all of our programs, classes, services, trainings, and ministries are not producing the type of transformed disciple Jesus described in John 10:10. With a winsome narrative and practical illustrations, Hendricks and Wilder give the four essential nutrients for healthy, life-changing soil. They also give practical steps toward infusing those nutrients into your life, home, community, and church. This book is essential reading for all of us who think, There has to be more."
TOM ANTHONY, Executive Pastor of Ministries and Outreach at Mountain Springs Church and author of Building Better Community

"This vital and timely work takes up the challenge of learning the love that Jesus speaks to us about as life’s greatest principle. It is the challenge both the individual and the church face in growing up into Christlikeness that the world desperately needs to see. The integrated approach, relating brain function to love, joy, and life, is profound. This book is a must for all serious disciples and those who disciple both in the church and in missions."
BRUCE THOMPSON, Dean Emeritus, College of Counseling and Healthcare, University of the Nations, Youth with a Mission

"In The Wizard of Oz, Scarecrow wistfully sings, “If I only had a brain . . .” The good news is that God has given us all one—a brain, that is! I invite you to read The Other Half of Church and consider how the Creator cares for your entire being. This book will challenge your presuppositions about how disciples are made and encourage you to avoid the sort of body versus soul dualismthat has plagued the church for centuries."
TOM COX, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church; seasoned disciple-maker and a veteran of both campus and church-based ministry

"Everything you are experiencing will make much more sense when you read The Other Half of Church! The rest of the story that we all need to hear is that discipleship, counseling, and true change is really possible, but require us to address the whole heart, the whole mind, the whole body, and our whole self in the process!"
STEVE FAIR, director, Renewal Christian Counseling Center; author, Journey into the Divided Heart

"Michel Hendricks in his partnership with Jim Wilder has provided all of us with not only a thorough diagnosis but pathways to treatment for our most deeply rooted struggles. The Other Half of Church will not only help you identify why you continue to struggle to live a joyful life but it will illuminate a pathway to joy that has long been neglected."
SCOTT NICKELL, teaching pastor at Southland Christian Church in central Kentucky
The Other Half of Church is a Copernican shift in how we think and live out character transformation and spiritual and emotional growth. It is a must-read for every Christian leader, theologian, and follower of Jesus. The book is a practical guide that helps us return to long-neglected practices of Christian discipleship and how we live out the life that Jesus makes possible for all.
JOHN LAMB, professor, Colorado Christian University

"The Other Half of the Church may have cracked the code for what’s missing in many churches today. By deftly intersecting biblical truth with neuroscience, Jim and Michel present a sound case to fertilize the soil of our churches with four biblical nutrients. By doing so, leaders can help transform the health of their churches and the hearts of their people. If you are a church leader (or not), this is a must-read book in today’s increasingly uncertain times."
CHARLES STONE, pastor, author of Holy Noticing: The Bible, your Brain, and the Mindful Space between Moments

"Beautifully weaving threads of theology, psychology, and neuroscience, The Other Half of Church brings remarkable insight into emotional maturity, spiritual formation, and healthy church community. Each page reflects timeless wisdom, guiding every longing heart down the path to the truly joyful life found in Christ and His church. This is a timely and important contribution. I highly recommend it!"
TOM NELSON, senior pastor, Christ Community Church, Kansas City; president of Made to Flourish; author of Work Matters and The Economics of Neighborly Love

"One of the greatest problems facing the church today is that the walk of faith and the personal lives of Christians do not go hand in hand. This is a must-read book for pastors who hope of a healthy church that Jesus envisioned, for church leaders who want to become spiritually mature, and for Christians who live a life of faith but experience no joy."
KIWON LEE, Lead Pastor of Recovery Ministry at Onnuri Community Church
"I knew there was a missing ingredient in the way I was attempting to model and lift up the “Christlikeness” model, both for myself and for those with whom I was investing my life. Jim Wilder’s teaching has been a guiding filter as our congregation is slowly beginning to live out what is contained in the pages of this book."
DANA HANSON, shepherd of LIFEhouse Church Los Angeles; author of Reboot: 70 Life Lessons with Dallas Willard

"Tired of doing the little things to change your life, but what you want is lasting transformation? What we need is a full-brained Christianity that will lead us to real spiritual maturity. The Other Half of Church gives us just this, showing us how integrating the brain and body leads to a truly transformed life. Full of engaging stories and personal examples, the authors give a concrete picture of living a full-brained Christian life. We will be recommending this book and implementing its insights in our ministry."
CYD AND GEOFF HOLSCLAW, coauthors of Does God Really Like Me?: Discovering the God Who Wants to Be With Us

"I believe that as the church embraces and practices the wisdom in this book, we will see a relational revolution that will equip the church for leadership training, mission, and the completion of the Great Commission. This “other half of the church” will be necessary for the immense challenges that lie ahead in our time."
WILLIAM D. (BILL) BJORAKER, Associate Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies & Contemporary Western Culture, William Carey International University; author of The Return of Oral Hermeneutics: As Good Today as it Was for the Hebrew Bible and First-Century Christianity

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

What does brain science have to do with spiritual growth?

After a lifetime following Christ and a career as a spiritual formation pastor, Michel Hendricks was disappointed: Why does spiritual transformation seem fleeting? And why do Christian communities often seem shallow? That’s when he met neurotheologian Jim Wilder and discovered what’s been missing from his church community and spiritual life.

The Other Half of Church invites you to join Michel and revolutionize your spiritual growth by understanding how the brain works. Learn the roles of the brain’s left and right sides and how they’re both critical to experience lasting, full-brain transformation. You’ll then learn the four ingredients necessary to develop and maintain a vibrant, transformational community:

  • True joy found through connection and relationships
  • Hesed love of securely attached communities
  • Well-developed group identity based on the character of Christ
  • A culture of uplifting, healthy correction
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B085FRH7LP
  • Publisher : Moody Publishers; Illustrated edition (August 4, 2020)
  • Publication date : August 4, 2020
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3701 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 241 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
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