ReChurch: Healing Your Way Back to the People of God
Author: Stephen Mansfield
Hardover: 192 pages
Publisher: Barna Books (An imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)
I have to admit, I picked to review this book for selfish reasons. There are many reasons why I am no longer a Baptist…one of them being, I was hurt by the church. I have sense moved past my hurt, but recognize that everyday, someone is hurt by the church. As someone who is on staff at a church, I need a resource to help people move past their hurt and come back to the body of Christ. This book is that resource.
Mansfield sets the tone of the book from the first line of the preface:
You are likely reading this book because you believe that you have been hurt by a church or you know someone who has. Or perhaps you were forced to witness a hurtful church fight, and the experience has wrenched your soul ever since. Whatever the case, there was an incident, a turning point, and since then you have been different. (xvii)
I think he hits it right on the head.
Throughout the book, Mansfield lays out concrete ways to reflect on that experience that has scared us. As Mansfield points out, it’s not going to be easy. In fact, Mansfield says he is not going to take it easy on those of us who have been hurt by the church. He is going to get tough with us. That is the only way we can get free. But in that being tough, Mansfield connects with and relates to his readers. His tone is gentle, but firm because he’s been there too.
Overall, I thought the book was well written and easy to read. I also liked that Mansfield shared his story, shared his grief in a way that connects with the reader. In my opinion, this book is a must read for all church members.
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