- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 26, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1502529564
- ISBN-13: 978-1502529565
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What The Church Won't Talk About: Real Questions From Real People About Raw, Gritty, Everyday Faith Paperback – September 26, 2014
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About the Author
J.S. Park is a pastor, blogger, former atheist, sixth degree black belt, hospital chaplain, recovered porn addict, intense introvert, and he loves Jesus.
He has a B.A. in Psychology from USF and Master's from SEBTS.
In 2012, he gave away half his income to fight human trafficking.
It was a check for $10,000, which was matched to raise another 10k, for a total of $20,000 for charity.
The charity was One Day's Wages.
J.S. is currently a chaplain at a hospital, Q&A blogger, and professional rambler.
He is a contributing blogger for X3Church, Church Leaders, and ChurchPlants, and has been published on the front page of Wordpress.
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A couple years ago, I started seeing this Korean dude answering some really hard questions on his blog. Though I didn't always agree with his answers (or sometimes the way he answered), I did see an honesty that is missing in most Christian circles.
When I found out he was in my area, I tried to arrange a meeting with him. He was cordial in response, but basically the answer was "No, thank you." It took some time getting to know him to get beneath the initial response and find out what was the cause of his reluctance.
You see, the very openness with which he questioned his own faith-which is exactly what endears him to so many people outside of, and on the "fringe" of, the faith-along with his willingness to challenge deep seated paradigms, is what led to many attacks by many of his "brothers" within the faith.
I understand why he was reticent to meet face to face. I don't blame him one bit. There is no shortage of Christians who will be brutally honest and question you. To do this with themselves? That's something else entirely. This honest questioning has caused many to misunderstand him.
However, it is this honest questioning that allows him to reach people that, as a pastor, would never approach me. And I'm very cool with that. After all, aren't all Christians supposed to be engaging the world with truth and the Gospel?
So, when it came time for him to write a book, I was very curious to read what he would have to say. As I expected, the same approach that he uses on the blog and in other writing venues, he employs within the pages of his treatise.
If you are someone closed minded; if you don't like having your paradigms challenged or your apple cart upset; if you have it all figured out and your life fits within a neat little box; if you are someone that likes arguing instead of discussing; if you are a self made, self sufficient, self fulfilling, self promoting, self; avoid this book. It will only annoy you.
For the rest of us: those with normal lives who are seeking something greater than what we have; willing to get down and dirty with ourselves and our faith; who want to be open and honest enough with ourselves and others about how messed up our lives are; wanting a safe place to ask the questions we're too afraid to ask in church; and who desire to walk with & for Christ among these carbon based life forms, I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. You will find, as I have, both confidence in and challenges to your beliefs. This book is meant to be perused, pondered, and passed on. (I'm a preacher. Of course I'm going to alliterate!)
I see this volume as an invaluable tool to use in approaching people who are living life as most of us do: gritty, messy, uncertain; with pain and regrets. Such are the ones that Christ sought out when He walked among us.
Such are the ones He sends us out to walk among. Joon, I look forward to seeing you as we walk together among these real people, brother. Thank you for your mind, heart, and soul.
I was provided a copy of this book by the author for review.
Joon isn't the type of writer or preacher that does it for the money; Joon writes because he honestly LOVES PEOPLE. He answers some really tough questions, many of which I would never go to anyone about because they are so personal. I could tell that he was truly speaking from his own heart and many of his own experiences.
Many of the questions and answers made me feel like I wasn't alone. I'm not the only one who doubts my faith, has insecurity issues, or just a real big problem with "religion". His answers awed me, shocked me and sometimes made me question my own morals.
Read this book.
I'm quite blessed to attend a church that strives to live out the love of Jesus, and even more blessed to be in a social group from that church in which we share the "real" stuff. Even so, it helps to read a book like this. I can't say that Parks is telling me anything new, but sometimes the *way* he says something will stick with me.