Why bother with church? Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  April 22, 2016
Why bother with church? Book Cover Why bother with church?
Questions Christians Ask
Sam Allberry
The Good book Company
March 1, 2016

The church has an image problem.

It is widely viewed in the world at large as being outdated, boring, irrelevant and filled with backbiting hypocrites.

How different that picture is to how the Bible talks about the new family that Jesus has gathered. It is a precious bride, a sparkling jewel, a lifeboat for forgiven sinners that is precious and holy; nurturing and warm; filled with truth, friendship and all embracing, forgiving love.

Sam Allberry understands the collision between these two views, and how, even as Christian believers, we can lose sight of how truly wonderful church is and should be, and what a privilege it is to be part of, and to serve.

In this brief accessible but thorough guide to church, Sam outlines what church is and why we need it. And how, when we have got it wrong, we can move closer to what a true church should be.

The Cross Focused Reviewers are sharing their thoughts on Why bother with church?: And other questions about why you need it and why it needs you (The Good Book Company, 2016).

“This is a simple book on what the church is and what it should be. Christians and non-Christians who have questions about the church will benefit from this book.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pastors should consider using this book for three purposes. First, we come across an increasing number of professing Christians who do not believe the church is worth the bother or view attendance with a “when I feel like it” attitude. Allberry provides winsome and convincing answers to such an attitude that you would do well to keep in your mind. Second, with modification this book could provide a basis for a good sermon series, which deals with a serious issue that is immediately practical. Third, it would be a great resource to give to new members or recent converts to explain the importance of church.”
Reviewer: Aaron Meservey
Rating: 5 Stars

“I assign a book report to my seniors every year. I let them choose a book to read, and every year my “Questions Christians Ask” books are always the first ones chosen. In fact there have been some fights over who gets them. So needless to say if you have a baby Christian who wants to know why church matters or a youth who is starting to feel like church is unnecessary, this book wold be a great addition to your library.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“Any Christian who reads this book should conclude with Allberry, “Why on earth would I not bother with the church?” (Allberry 95). Why Bother with Church? encourages the Christian why they should bother with church and informs them how to bother with the church. A biblically faithful, challenging book for all Christians.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

Why bother with church? is a brief but important introduction into the need for church, the goodness of church, and the nuts and bolts of church. If you struggle to see why or how church should fit into your life, or if you have some other confusions about why the Bible says certain things about church, you’ll find this book useful. This is also a great discipling tool, for the person who is reaching out to someone unchurched or dechurched, preparing us for the questions that are sure to come. ”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is concise but very precise and rich. There is a lot of great doctrine of the church in this small book and the author also helps the reader see the practical applications…”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 5 Stars

“…this book was a delight to read. It is a great resource to go through with a friend who is questioning the church, but it is also a very refreshing read for the believer who deeply loves the church. Sam’s love for Christ and his bride is evident on every page. Hopefully, after reading it, Sam’s love for the church will become contagious. The book beautifully written. Read it. Share it. Discuss it.”
Reviewer: John Knox
Rating: 5 Stars

“I was extremely blessed by this book. Every Christian should read this book and be encouraged to press on in their devotion to God and His Church.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“Due to its friendly, sympathetic tone, its ability to point biblically to the need of church, and its thouroughness in explaining what constitutes a healthy church and church member, I recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Anne Pendleton
Rating: 4 Stars

“…if you are asking some of the questions answered in this book or are thinking about ditching the church you need to read this book. This book will also be helpful for new Christians. ”
Reviewer: Benjamin Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a wonderful little book to give someone who claims to be a Christian, but does not want to be part of the church. Lord willing, God will bless this work and draw His wandering sheep in and lead His sheep in faithfulness and obedience.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“For the non-reader, or the person just beginning to consider this question, this is a great introductory resource. I would not recommend stopping with this book, but I would recommend starting with it. For what he intended to accomplish, Allberry did a great job.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 4 Stars

“[T]his book is a great primer on church, how it works, why people need it, and other related topics. It could be given out to new members, or to those who just need a little help when it comes to understanding the church.”
Reviewer: William Sipling
Rating: 4 Stars

Why bother with church? is an enjoyable and practical read. We will begin distributing it to those who attend our prospective members class as a way to set forth our expectation of them as members, and what should be their expectation as members of our leadership – biblically and therefore reasonably. I think you will find a use for it with your members as well.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a really helpful book to right people’s perspectives about Church.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is highly informative but not boring. The information presented really explains the purpose & fine-lining of who the Church is & why it exists.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

“This little book is practical and pastoral. You will understand that the reason you find church boring “has to do with the mindset with which we arrive week by week.” So instead of coming to get something out for yourself, try to think how you can serve others.”
Reviewer: Emmanuel Durand
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book basically serves as a primer to those who may not be familiar with church or those who are unsatisfied with broken churches and are interested to see God’s original design for this institution of his own creation. This would make a great discipleship tool for new believers or new visitors to your church.”
Reviewer: Kevin Thompson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book has the strength of being exactly what you’d expect from Sam Allberry, who is a thoughtful, gospel-focused, clearly-communicating evangelical Anglican clergyman… it will be useful for student groups and for every other situation where you don’t want to assume or force a position. Or where a way of looking at things is so well established that you want the essentials addressed clearly.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book begins with the question, “Why bother with church?” and ends with the question “Why on earth would I not bother with church?” It’s aim is to get us excited about church if we aren’t already… Does he succeed? Largely, yes.”
Reviewer: Mike Knox
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is much more than a prod to attend church. In a brief but effective way it covers most questions that people might have about the church. It is truly an introduction to the church. I highly recommend this stellar volume.”
Reviewer: Mark Lugg
Rating: 5 Stars

“Why Bother With Church? by Sam Allberry is a handy little book that provides a simple yet compelling defense of the local church. I think it would be a helpful gift to young adults who are disillusioned with the church they grew up with, giving them several reasons to stick with it.”
Reviewer: Brandon Schmidt
Rating: 5 Stars

“I appreciate the Christ centered approach that the author takes on this touchy topic. This book is mercifully short making it a quick read and an excellent give away to someone struggling with this issue. Thank you Sam Allberry and The Good Book Company for this helpful tool.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a book that I would hand to churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike. It is brief and biblical, practical and pastoral, and is an invaluable resource for our current cultural climate.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is obviously meant to be a primer on the subject, and in that respect, I feel that it has excelled. It is also part of a larger series, as indicated by the cover art, and I am curious to see how the other topics are handled.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Why bother with church? is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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