Okay fellow leaders… every now and then I run across a book that may be a real game changer for church leadership. I have found one and offer this review and encourage you to get your copy and digest its content. Then I challenge you to act on it. That’s the hardest part of being a reader and a leader. One of my mantras is to always challenge the assumptions. That is what I call Leaderocity.
Book Review: Why Men Hate Going to Church, David Murrow ©2010
This is a completely new and updated version from the original book released in 2005. It has been a while since I read a book that resonated with me on so many levels. The author has hit a mark with men about men in an environment that has been emasculated. He spends the lion’s share of pages delivering the facts of the feminization of the church. His ability to expose this challenging information in a winsome way without offending the ladies is exceptional. The thought provoking style he uses is engaging and informative.
David Murrow makes the case for why men hate going to church beginning with his own experience then building his data through seminars, research and interviews. The premise for his analyses may at first seem anecdotal but become undeniable as he progresses. The pictures he paints of men enduring a very feminine atmosphere of worship and décor triggers many images of my own experiences and gains my agreement. He is fair and balanced in his observations of the church’s efforts to win men, despite working against nearly impossible odds of winning them. Most chapters actually provide a counter proviso to the existing anti-man church culture.
I highly recommend this book for anyone trying to build the church or, for that matter, who care about men taking the lead in general. Whatever your methodology, some or all of this book brings practical observations along side practical applications. It is well worth a read. Once you start, you won’t be able to put it down; it’s that good.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.