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Why bother with church? Book Cover Why bother with church?
Questions Christians Ask
Sam Allberry
The Good book Company
March 1, 2016
96

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It is widely viewed in the world at large as being outdated, boring, irrelevant and filled with backbiting hypocrites.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

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Why bother with church? by Sam AllberryThank you for your interest in reviewing Why bother with church?. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

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.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. Foundations: how to consider church
  • 2. Life changing: how to attend church
  • 3. Running: how to organize church
  • 4. Imperfect: how to survive church
  • 5. Wonderful: how to love church
  • Conclusion

Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry

About the Author:
Sam studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and has served on staff at St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, and St Mary’s, Maidenhead. He is now part of the team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and also works as UK Editor for The Gospel Coalition. A popular conference speaker, Sam has written several books, including James For You, Is God Anti-Gay, and Lifted. Hobbies include reading, watching The West Wing and anything to do with South-East Asia.

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Book Information:

  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • ISBN: 9781909559141
  • Page Count: 96

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  April 18 – 24, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi ebook (Kindle), and .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Why bother with church?. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Can I really trust the Bible? Book Cover Can I really trust the Bible?
Questions Christians Ask
Barry Cooper
The Good Book Company
July 8, 2014
96

The Bible makes big claims for itself. But do those claims stand up?

Aren't the stories just legends? Hasn't the information been corrupted over time? Isn't the Bible full of mistakes? And isn't it culturally outdated?

In this absorbing little book, Barry Cooper explores these questions - and many others - with warmth, wit and integrity.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Can I really trust the Bible? (The Good Book Company, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This is a great book to read and understand, and small enough to finish in one day.”
Reviewer: Tina Garrett
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this short and excellent book.”
Reviewer: Stuart Brogden
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a wonderful, short, concise and accessible introduction to the Bible and it’s reliability.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

“Can I really Trust the Bible? is a theological book that the average Christian will actually read.”
Reviewer: Zach Kendrick
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful book.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is an excellent and very helpful book.”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for believers and skeptics alike.”
Reviewer: Mike Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a great book to read and give to others.”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book to those who have questioned the trustworthiness and validity of the Bible.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book, don’t wait go run and buy this book, read it and pass it on.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very good book, I highly recommend. I encourage you to pick up a copy and pass it on.”
Reviewer: Makeda Rodriguez
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a commendable resource to have on your bookshelf.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“For younger Christians who are asking some good, yet tough questions about how and why we should trust the Bible, this is a great little resource.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this helpful book for new Christians.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book for Christians and seekers.”
Reviewer: James Pruch
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very reliable and helpful book.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a good book for the mature Christian to the seeker.”
Reviewer: William Sipling
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a refreshing and encouraging read that would be excellent to share with those looking to study this important topic.”
Reviewer: Aaron Armstrong
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will help increase your confidence in the truthfulness of Scripture.”
Reviewer: Hope Henchey
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a valuable resource in our family discipleship toolbox!”
Reviewer: Kara Haschke
Rating: 5 Stars

“This concise resource is a great tool for anyone’s library.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book would make a great stocking stuffer, too, for the budding Bible nerd in your life.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful book.”
Reviewer: Mike Chitwood
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a good book for those ready to jump into a study for the defense of the faith.”
Reviewer: Harmony Wheeler
Rating: 3 Stars

“I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Jim Lee
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very readable book that will appeal to new Christians.”
Reviewer: Robbie Kinnaird
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a good primer on the doctrine of Scripture.”
Reviewer: Adam Blosser
Rating: 4 Stars

“After reading this book, I have a rekindled appreciation for God’s Word.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

“Buy a copy. In fact buy two. One to read then lend out and the other to give away.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very helpful and useful book.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars

“Read it and be inspired, pass it on to your friend and his friends, and dive deep into the treasure book, the Bible.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book can be read quickly, so if you’re looking for a quick resource on the Bible’s validity, this book is it.”
Reviewer: Tom Farr
Rating: 5 Stars

“This would be a good book for new Christians, those who are seeking, and even a good refresher for any Christian.”
Reviewer: Mary Ann Bell
Rating: 3 Stars

“I enthusiastically recommend this small gem of an apologetic resource.”
Reviewer: Erik O’Dell
Rating: 5 Stars

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How can I be sure? Book Cover How can I be sure?
Questions Christians Ask
John Stevens
The Good Book Company
July 3, 2014
Paperback
96

Many Christians experience times of doubt and uncertainty. At various times we can ask: Does God love me? Am I really a Christian? - and even Is there a God at all?!

This short, readable book unpacks the difference between good and bad doubt, shows us where it comes from and how to deal with it in ourselves and others.

It explains clearly and simply the liberating reality of what the Bible tells us about doubt, assurance and the Christian life.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for How can I be sure? by John Stevens (The Good Book Company, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This book will help you to have a closer walk with God!”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 4 Stars

This is definitely a great book to have extra copies of to give out to new Christians as well as those who may be struggling with doubt.
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 stars

“I recommend “How Can I Be Sure” to anyone currently struggling with or one who is discipling someone with doubt.”
Reviewer: Zach Kendrick
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful book that will help readers grow in the grace of God.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 stars

“This book is good for Christians to go one-on-one with a struggling believer. This is also good for pastors to take a believer who is struggling with doubt through as well.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars 

“This is a wonderful resource for everyone and is written with a gentleness intended to bring release from doubt.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book is chock full of information and creative examples that will inspire and motivate a believer in their walk with the Lord.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book was an easy, quick and informative read that I really enjoyed and think you will too.”
Reviewer: Sandra Denman
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a good and worthwhile resource.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 3 stars

“This is a great book that I look forward to sharing with people.  Get it, read it, enjoy it.”
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 5 stars

“This book is a good introduction that pastors to give to new Christians.”
Reviewer: Brandon Schmidt
Rating: 4 stars

“This is a helpful book on assurance.”
Reviewer: Hope Henchey
Rating: 3 stars

“This resource will help people of all ages in the faith and ought to be in the hands of both new and seasoned believers.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

“The author consistently steers the reader back to the Word of God for the answers. This book would be very helpful for the doubting Christian and a good resource when counseling others. I  highly recommend How can I be sure?”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book, especially, is a great topic for group discussion, as fighting doubt is best done in community.”
Reviewer: Asa Veek
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a wonderful, clear, Biblically based response to the Christian struggling with doubts about their own salvation.”
Reviewer: Craig Hurst
Rating: 4 stars

“This is a great book to give to those struggling with doubt.”
Reviewer: Sara Shoop
Rating: 4 stars

“This is a very encouraging and helpful book.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a short and easily readable book that will encourage anyone who struggles with doubt.”
Reviewer: Ben Toh
Rating: 3 Stars

“How Can I Be Sure teaches you how to be blessed as you discover God’s rest, for you.”
Reviewer: Mike Chitwood
Rating: 4 star

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Can I really trust the Bible?. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Can I Really Trust the Bible? by Barry CooperThe Bible makes big claims for itself. But do those claims stand up?

Aren’t the stories just legends? Hasn’t the information been corrupted over time? Isn’t the Bible full of mistakes? And isn’t it culturally outdated?

In this absorbing little book, Barry Cooper explores these questions – and many others – with warmth, wit and integrity.

Watch Barry Cooper’s slightly tongue-in-cheek introduction to his book:

“You have questions about the Bible. Barry Cooper has answers. I’m so grateful for this brief yet somehow comprehensive survey of what Scripture itself and the great scholars throughout history say about the reliability of God’s Word. Read it to bolster your own faith and share it with friends so they, too, might taste and see that the Lord is good to give us his Word. A wonderful book.”
– Collin Hansen, editorial director, The Gospel Coalition; author, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists

“This little book by Barry Cooper offers an outstanding primer on the Bible’s reliability. It should bolster your belief that Christian Scripture is what it claims to be: communication from God. What a privilege to own and read the Bible, getting to know our Maker. What a joy to live as it says. I can testify personally to the peace and well-being that comes from letting it shape one’s life. Don’t believe me? I dare you to try it on for size.”
– Douglas A. Sweeney, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • Introduction
  • 1. Does the Bible claim to be God’s word? The world, the word, and what Jesus thought of the Bible
  • 2. Does the Bible claim to be God’s word? The word, the Word, and the rightness of writing
  • 3. Does the Bible seem to be God’s word?Consistency, conspiracies and corruptions
  • 4. Does the Bible seem to be God’s word? Canon, contradictions and criticisms
  • 5. Does the Bible prove to be God’s word? Tasting, seeing, and the sweetness of Scripture

Barry CooperAbout the Author:
Barry Cooper was born in Epsom, Surrey, and studied English Language and Literature at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. After graduating, he trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London and began a six year acting career that included work at Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre. More recently, he completed his Masters degree in theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and an internship with Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. He was one of the core team who planted Trinity West Church in Shepherd’s Bush, UK, where he’s now a member. He’s authored or co-authored numerous books and resources including Christianity Explored, Discipleship Explored, One Life, If You Could Ask God One Question, CY, The Real Jesus, and Can I Really Trust The Bible? As well as blogging at Future Perfect, Present Tense, he’s written for Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, 9Marks and ExploreGod.com. Barry is the Director of Product Development at Christianity Explored Ministries.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • ISBN: 9781909559134
  • Page Count: 96

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: September 22-28, 2014
  • Available Formats: Paperback (limited to reviewers in the continental US) & E-book (.mobi & .epub)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Can I really trust the Bible?. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.