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Author: Philip Yancey Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780310874713
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Insights from Philip Yancey’s personal pilgrimage away from and back to the church.

Why are there so many more professing Christians than churchgoing Christians? Is it because something is wrong with the church? In his candid, thought-provoking manner, award-winning author Philip Yancey reveals the reasons behind his own journey back from skepticism to wholehearted participation in the church, and weighs the church’s human failings against its compelling worth as the body of Christ. Yancey does not whitewash the church’s faults, rather he sets them against the overwhelming balance of its strengths: its heart for God, its care for the hurting, its outreach to the lost, and its value as family and community.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 1/18/2014

    " Good quick read, that I was able to pull a few nuggets out of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 12/4/2013

    " This was added encouragement for me who really got frustrated with the church we were attending. I really am glad we moved on and I am also becoming a Philip Yancey reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 11/30/2013

    " I tripped upon this book "accidentally and it really drew me to focus on the essentials of church and why it is worth the bother, almost no matter what. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/11/2013

    " Not bad, however not as good as the other Philip Yancey books I have read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sasha | 5/17/2013

    " so far quite impressed. i skim anything that isn't for me. everything else is inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 4/22/2013

    " Great read for anyone wondering why church is important/worth it and a good reminder for those who attend about what the point is "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy | 3/4/2013

    " This book kind of tells Philip Yancey's experience in his disfuntional church as a child. It dealt with many issues about disfuntional churches and gave some positives for church. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip | 12/12/2012

    " As a reader who goes to church habitually, I was happy for the insight Mr. Yancey provides regarding how congregational worship supports individual worship, and how the congregational community opens doors for individual progression. A short but fulfilling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/3/2012

    " Lighter than most of Yancey's work, but well worth reading nonetheless. He talks about 'church' as the Christian community, undoubtedly with problems, but - he concludes - it's worth persevering. Anecdotes, Scripturally based explanations, and general encouragement. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 10/31/2012

    " Loved it! Quick but thoughtful read. A re-reader! (Few are!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/26/2012

    " Every time I ask myself this question (I've probably asked it three times in the eight years I've been walking with Jesus), I come to this book and remember why I do bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aronkai | 7/12/2012

    " Easy to read book. Some good thoughts. I read this in Finnish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 6/9/2012

    " This book was not as impactful as I was hoping. However, as always, I enjoyed Philip Yancey's thoughts and all of the anecdotes from his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/5/2012

    " I read this book during a time when I was taking a sabbatical from church. Yancey himself has had doubts about whether or not church was worth it (thus the title), but makes the argument that ultimately it is worth it. I have since disagreed, but still think he makes good points in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Choong | 11/22/2011

    " A simple yet elegantly written book which manages to put forward its arguments without trying too hard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/30/2011

    " This book shares some very important truths about the value of worship. It is very misunderstood gift of God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 5/15/2011

    " This was added encouragement for me who really got frustrated with the church we were attending. I really am glad we moved on and I am also becoming a Philip Yancey reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 2/20/2011

    " Great read for anyone wondering why church is important/worth it and a good reminder for those who attend about what the point is "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 9/8/2010

    " I tripped upon this book "accidentally and it really drew me to focus on the essentials of church and why it is worth the bother, almost no matter what. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Widsith | 6/19/2010

    " Church: Why Bother? by Philip Yancey (2001) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip | 10/28/2008

    " As a reader who goes to church habitually, I was happy for the insight Mr. Yancey provides regarding how congregational worship supports individual worship, and how the congregational community opens doors for individual progression. A short but fulfilling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 10/17/2008

    " Good quick read, that I was able to pull a few nuggets out of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/9/2008

    " I read this book during a time when I was taking a sabbatical from church. Yancey himself has had doubts about whether or not church was worth it (thus the title), but makes the argument that ultimately it is worth it. I have since disagreed, but still think he makes good points in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy | 2/23/2008

    " This book kind of tells Philip Yancey's experience in his disfuntional church as a child. It dealt with many issues about disfuntional churches and gave some positives for church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/25/2008

    " Lighter than most of Yancey's work, but well worth reading nonetheless. He talks about 'church' as the Christian community, undoubtedly with problems, but - he concludes - it's worth persevering. Anecdotes, Scripturally based explanations, and general encouragement. Recommended. "

About the Author

Author Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey worked for ten years as an editor and then publisher for Campus Life magazine. In 1980 he and his wife Janet moved to Chicago where he began a career as a freelance writer. They moved to Colorado in 1992. He is the author of 20 books, three of them coauthored with Dr. Paul Brand. He is grateful to be able to make a living writing about the questions that interest him.