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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"Real Church: Does it Exist? Can I find it?" by Larry Crabb

On the Woman's Bookshelf

Many "believers" think about their church attendance and its effect on their relationship with God. That's why today we're going to delve a little into Larry Crabb's book, "Real Church: Does it exist? Can I find it?"

Crabb says, "Church as I know it usually leaves deep parts of me dormant, unawakened, and untouched... I don't much like going to church." That's a telling statement of what fueled the book and throughout it readers go along for the ride as Crabb considers why he's feeling unsatisfied with traditional churches and the kind of church he believes God wants us to be a part of.

"Read Church" is an intriguing, interesting and compelling read that's filled with enlightening observations, entertaining phrasing as well as eye-opening passages and analogies. For instance, he says, "I don't think a gathering of Christians whose main purpose is to get people saved and to get saved people moral is church."

Dr. Larry Crabb, a psychologist, seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author and founder/director of NewWay Ministries, reveals that more and more people - regardless of their Christian status, so to speak - are experiencing the same emotions and doubts when it comes to church. Ultimately, as the Bible says and Crabb explains, we need the community of Christians on a regular basis so we know God wants us to attend church. But what type of church? In the end, Crabb breaks down the exact church he believes is "a real church," and what he says makes perfect - and biblical - sense to me.

Do you agree? Get a copy of "Real Church" to find out.
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