Monday, October 11, 2010

Review: The Church Awakening by Charles Swindoll

In THE CHURCH AWAKENING, Charles Swindoll discusses the challenges, struggles, and priorities of the church in the twenty-first century. He reveals the problems inherent in the entertainment-based postmodern church and shows how a return to biblical teaching will restore its strength and impact. Now being replaced by a feel-good message instead of what Christians need to know to stand strong in a world that's lost its way--Swindoll exposes the problems of--and solutions for--the postmodern evangelical church. Just as he opened readers' eyes with his bold statements in The Grace Awakening, now he offers a straightforward volume revealing how to reestablish a life-altering church with Christ as Lord and Master. Illuminating and empowering, THE CHURCH AWAKENING will ignite a revolution in the way Christians "do church" for years to come.  description taken from here.

Swindoll tells readers with his newest book that the church is letting it's followers slack and develop their own thoughts, actions and concepts without interference.  He says that the church needs to pick up the slack and say, 'hey wait a second, let's back up here so I can lead you in the correct Christian way'.  I only see one major flaw with the logic of his book... Obviously he wants to target the ones who have gone astray somewhere, but what person who has 'gone astray' is going to pick up a book that tells you that you have 'gone astray'?  I mean, as humans, we don't like for anyone to criticize us, tell us we have done something wrong, etc.  I think Swindoll needs to be a little more suggestive and not so drill sergent in his ways.  Humans do take suggestions better.. we tend to think we made the decision when it is only suggested after all...  Other than that, Swindoll tells it how he thinks it. 

**I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**

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