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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Butler Bass Narrator: Karen Saltus Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 1/19/2014

    " I decided to stop reading it; not what I expected - but great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 1/9/2014

    " I thought this book was important enough to buy several extra copies to share with friends at church. It reaffirms much of what we do and hold important in my own church. Our pastor of 37 years is retiring and I think this book will help us formulate a vision for ourselves as a transformative church and assist us in the process of calling a new pastor to share that vision. Discernment as a Christian practice will be critical, and we may need some training in this area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 1/8/2014

    " Have used this book as a tool for discussion in our Christian Education class at church. It's been very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/3/2014

    " This is a good resource for (formerly) mainline churches. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane Kitts | 11/2/2013

    " boring at times, but a good look at how the neighborhood church is making a comeback. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 11/2/2013

    " I have to think about this, will back later "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoBeth | 8/23/2013

    " Our study/supper group at church is reading this book, a very interesting qualitative study of progressive congregations (like ours) around the country - complete with well-articulated methodology section. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 8/23/2013

    " We are reading this book for church council. I've only read 1 chapter, but really want to go back and read the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 6/6/2013

    " Very good overview of why many mainline Christian churches have become stagnant and why growing churches have succeeded (think roots). My former priest in Newport News, VA, is cited (currently rector at Epiphany, Washington, D.C.)...nice to see old friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie | 4/21/2013

    " A very interesting look at vital, mainline Protestant churches. Extra-interesting because it features my church. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean-david | 2/5/2013

    " I am generally not a church "strategy" guy, and that is still true. This book brings up some important points however on issues within the current state of the church that all leaders should be aware of, important for self and church assessment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Klemm | 5/23/2012

    " I'm enjoying this. I'm reading bits and pieces between the fiction I'm reading. I like the approaches some of the churches take. There is alot we can use, I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Callaway | 4/16/2012

    " This is a fantastic resource for progressive lay-leaders and clergy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad Herridge | 11/23/2011

    " Great book! Gives mainline protestants the encouragement needed to keep living out the Kingdom of God! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/27/2011

    " This book gave me hope for the mainline Christian churches, one of which I belong to. We no longer have to take a back seat to our conservative brethren. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 10/23/2011

    " This Baltimore native did study on Pew Grant of mainline churches which were "making it," thriving, and not ultra-conservative mega churches. Very interesting insights, author very winsome in person, heard her speak last week and read book in advance. Thought provoking as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal Karr | 9/25/2011

    " Gives wonderful alternatives to the mega-church movement and the take-over of the Religious Right. Very interesting to read what other churches are doing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 9/6/2011

    " Great presentation that mainline Christianity isn't dying and is being transformed one little neighborhood church at a time. A must-read for any mainline leaders who want to broaden their church's presence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 5/11/2011

    " boring at times, but a good look at how the neighborhood church is making a comeback. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 9/8/2010

    " Great presentation that mainline Christianity isn't dying and is being transformed one little neighborhood church at a time. A must-read for any mainline leaders who want to broaden their church's presence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 11/30/2009

    " I'm enjoying this. I'm reading bits and pieces between the fiction I'm reading. I like the approaches some of the churches take. There is alot we can use, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 9/17/2009

    " This book gave me hope for the mainline Christian churches, one of which I belong to. We no longer have to take a back seat to our conservative brethren. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 4/20/2009

    " We are reading this book for church council. I've only read 1 chapter, but really want to go back and read the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoBeth | 3/17/2009

    " Our study/supper group at church is reading this book, a very interesting qualitative study of progressive congregations (like ours) around the country - complete with well-articulated methodology section. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 2/22/2009

    " This Baltimore native did study on Pew Grant of mainline churches which were "making it," thriving, and not ultra-conservative mega churches. Very interesting insights, author very winsome in person, heard her speak last week and read book in advance. Thought provoking as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 11/4/2008

    " Gives wonderful alternatives to the mega-church movement and the take-over of the Religious Right. Very interesting to read what other churches are doing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 10/11/2008

    " Very good overview of why many mainline Christian churches have become stagnant and why growing churches have succeeded (think roots). My former priest in Newport News, VA, is cited (currently rector at Epiphany, Washington, D.C.)...nice to see old friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winton | 3/6/2008

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

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