I am an atheist, who tends to read more theist books than any.
I found this book to have no in-depth information for its readers.
As the author states at the beginning, attempts have been made to maintain the simplicity of this book, and no technical lingo have been used.
Based on this "simplicity", the reader is exposed to a lot of Christianity praises, and little else. For example, the authors talk about the physical church structure, sermons, candles, etc. in the church. They correctly say that the origin of each is pagan. The reader then waits for the proof. And the proof is never revealed, and the claim is never substantiated.
This type of book writing may work for Harry Potter novels, but not for a non-fiction.
If you are like me looking for a historical analysis of the pagan traditions entering Christianity, this is not the book for you.
I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.
I am personally thrilled that things I've suspected, noticed and have felt about church for the longest time have been validated through this book. I really enjoyed the historical aspect of it, and the reasons we do everything. Personally, I feel like he got off on a tangent a bit with respect to tithing and baptism... but his points were very valid. I've listened to this book with an open mind, but I don't think I'm ready to run out and never go to church again, as my dad was afraid I'd do. My dad was also very threatened by a lot of the ideas in this book. However, I agree with a lot of what he says. I say to read with reservation because I always have my radar out when reading/listening to any book that professes to be Christian, and I think all Christians need to be wary. But I also kept an open mind to hear some things that might be disturbing. Now that I've read it, I have no idea what to do with the information I have. I am intrigued enough, though, to read some of his other books and am currently beginning re-imagining church.
While Frank's book does have some interesting things to say and some very good criticisms, it has one fatal flaw, which I, Rich cannot get over. In all his pronouncements about the headship of Christ and its lack in the institutional church, he seems to deny the sovereignty of Christ in history of the world, let alone the history of the church. He seems to imply that Jesus is looking down from heaven at his wits end with all these church people and what they have done to his movement. Nothing could be further from the truth. Christ is sovereign in all things and he is not taken by surprise at our utter stupidity.
Is Christ leading his church more to the form that Frank advocates? Probably, but it will not come from human hands but from the Spirit. Institutional church, in my opinion is failing not because of its form but because it acknowledges Christ with its lips but denies his power, and his Word. Frank's book is worth reading but God's book is of far surpassing worth. Drink deep from his well then maybe you won't need to read Franks.
The reader has a good voice. However, he reads the book irritatingly slow. As a result, I find my mind going on to other things.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I enjoyed this book. While nothing in it surprised or shocked me, I appreciated the ideas it offered and the thinking it provoked. I think some would be shocked by the ideas put forth in this book because it will cause them to challenge the beliefs and rituals they currently engage in surrounding church services. I am glad this book was recommended to me.
If you are into the emergent church then this book is for you.
Narrator was good.
Big disappointment. After knocking practically every denomination and tradition, he sets up his own way of doing church.