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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (224 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Yancey Narrator: Maurice England Publisher: Zondervan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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Why are there so many more professing Christians than churchgoing Christians? Is it because something is wrong with the church? Perhaps that's part of the picture. But Philip Yancey insists there is another part. In this candid, thought-provoking account, he 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 excellencies as the body of Christ.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Wilson | 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 Winfrey | 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 Anne | 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 Chiat | 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. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Maurice England moved to the Chicago area in the fall of 2006, after a twelve year run as a long-haul trucker, to continue the cultivation of his lifelong interest in the expressive arts and oral interpretation. A veteran audiophile, Maurice listened to well over one thousand audiobooks while on the road and fell in love with the genre. From his past experience in broadcasting, community theater, music performance, and ministry he saw narrating as a means to merge his love for books, ideas, learning, and spiritual evolution with his interest in artistic expression. While his narration experience has primarily been nonfiction, personal development, and spiritual-growth titles, Maurice anticipates using his authentically warm and folksy southern style to entertain and inspire through storytelling. Inspired most by the behind-the-scenes artists who engineer, direct, edit, and master the audiobook productions we hear, Maurice has become an absorbed student and participant in the process.