Sunday, October 24, 2010

Book Review: Giving Church Another Chance by Todd Hunter

Giving Church Another Chance by Todd Hunter - I responded quickly, a free book by an interesting man in exchange for an honest review on my blog - what a deal.

The author was a former Vineyard pastor, now Anglican priest, and I wanted to know why and see what he had to say. I had been reading his blog for a while investigating his involvement in a new kind of church revival movement, so I was eager to participate.

The first third of his book was good; expressing his spiritual journey, and providing some ideas and concepts I, too had felt. After that, however, the book turned dry for me as he went through the different parts of a typical Anglican worship service giving various thoughts about how each part of the liturgy ought to touch us in our daily lives.

I think the biggest problem I had with his book was that I thought it promised to show me how to "repractice" Church ("repractice" is his term for doing something again with renewed meaning), but when I look there was no renewed meaning - nothing had really changed.

To be honest, he had a herculean task. I, too, attend a similar denomination as the author. I appreciate the different parts of the liturgy and usually find them a blessing, but I believe everyone must find that appreciation uniquely for themselves.

"The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy." - Proverbs 14:10

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