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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (457 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Butler Bass Narrator: Karen Saltus Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For decades the accepted wisdom has been that America's mainline Protestant churches are in decline, eclipsed by evangelical mega-churches. Church and religion expert Diana Butler Bass wondered if this was true, and this book is the result of her extensive, three-year study of centrist and progressive churches across the country. Her surprising findings reveal just the opposite - that many of the churches are flourishing, and they are doing so without resorting to mimicking the mega-church, evangelical style.

Christianity for the Rest of Us describes this phenomenon and offers a how-to approach for Protestants eager to remain faithful to their tradition while becoming a vital spiritual community. As Butler Bass delved into the rich spiritual life of various Episcopal, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and Lutheran churches, certain consistent practice - such as hospitality, contemplation, diversity, justice, discernment, and worship - emerged as core expressions of congregations seeking to rediscover authentic Christian faith and witness today.

This hopeful book, which includes a study guide for groups and individuals, reveals the practical steps that leaders and laypeople alike are taking to proclaim an alternative message about an emerging Christianity that strives for greater spiritual depth and proactively engages the needs of the world.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erica | 2/17/2014

    " There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, and parts which really bothered me. By and large, I found myself agreeing with the author, if annoyed by some of the folks profiled. I guess it just feels like sometimes people tend to become very self-righteous when talking about what worship, or church community, or pastoral responsibility should or shouldn't look like, rather than traveling the journey that is theirs to travel with as much integrity as they can. If that makes sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 2/3/2014

    " This is a scholarly, but not dry, examination of thriving mainline Christian congregations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deirdre Keating | 1/23/2014

    " Strong start, but the rest of the book/research seems to repeat itself. Still, a great starting point for discussion in non-fundamentalist churches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Winton Boyd | 1/23/2014

    " This is a great look at renewal and revival in mainline churches. I found it encouraging and full of challenge. "

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