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What would you do if you met someone you thought just might be one of Jesus' original disciples still living in the 21st century? That's Jake's dilemma as he meets a man who talks of Jesus as if he had known him, and whose way of living challenges everything Jake had previously known.

So You Don't Want to Go To Church Anymore is Jake's compelling journal that chronicles 13 conversations with his newfound friend over a four-year period and how those exchanges turn Jake's world upside-down. With his help, Jake faces his darkest fears, struggles through brutal circumstances and comes out on the other side in the joy and freedom he always dreamed was possible.

(P)2008 Oasis Audio

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THANKFUL

This is truly wonderful and insightful. Specially if the reader/listener is interested in walking with God and not so interested in fixing systems. Answers excellent questions with direction into God and not into the 'fix'. I found it very good, and have recommended it and given it as gifts. I thank God and the authors for a timely sound.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Philip
  • ANNAPOLIS, MD, United States
  • 06-03-11

Life changing

Wow, don't read this book if you just want to relax and feel good. Don't get me wrong,it is uplifting, but it is tremendously challenging. It helped me see things in a way that was very exciting. It has inspired me to investigate whether or not I am really leading the Christian walk as I was intended to.
I highly recommend this book. The reader, in the audible version puts just the right inflection at the right time.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike Utech
  • MIAMISBURG, OH, United States
  • 11-13-12

Best book I could have read right now.

What did you love best about So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore?

The story really resonated with me to the depths of my being.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, I cried, it moved me Bob.

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A couple years ago I read a book called "The Shack" and it really made an impression on me but it was only a story, a good one with some truth presented in a new way. A little over a year ago I had the blessing of experiencing a Walk to Emmaus during a very critical time in my life. A couple of months ago, I don't even remember how, I got this book on my radar. With this month's Audible.com credit I purchased the audio book and have listened to the entire book in the past 24-hours. This book has resonated with me at my core and to a level that in all honesty even scares me a little bit, as I am once again wondering - where am I being led? <br/>At the same time I am not holding on to any sort of worry about it. The last 18 months, no the last almost 37 years continues to teach me I don't have to worry about tomorrow, it will get here when it is time and my experience of now is what will prepare me for it when it does. <br/>I HIGHLY recommend this book to all. If you don't want to go to church or even if you do. This book won't give you an answer but it may allow you to see where you might want to make your next step along your journey.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Life changing

I almost didn't order this book. But as someone who has been struggling inside of an organized religion that I had been in for 36 years of my life, I was drawn to it. I put it back in my wish list probably five times, but yet kept being compelled to purchase it. I did, and what a life-changing book! It answered my questions, summed up my feelings, and made me want to be a better follower of Christ. Buy it, you won't regret it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • rick
  • Jersey Village, TX, United States
  • 10-30-10

Eye opening

This is a great book that keeps you glued to it. Definetly throughs some new light on understanding Jesus. Becareful of tradition. If you decide to read this book good luck on your new journey in your Christian walk.

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Love it!

Written very well. The Arthur make the lessons taught interesting enough to take to heart. A must read. ❤️

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  • Alicia
  • United States
  • 12-10-12

Life Changing

Where does So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top of my list.

What did you like best about this story?

The main characters personality.

Which character – as performed by Wayne Jacobsen – was your favorite?

John

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Really gets you thinking about developing a relationship with God.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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GREAT LISTEN!!!!!! I LOVE IT

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

THIS BOOK IS FUN. MAKES ME THINK ON SOME THINGS... AM I DOING WHAT GOD WANTS OR WHAT MAN WANTS. DOES CHURCH EVER BECOME BORING AND IF SO, WHY? THE ANSWERS ARE HERE IN THIS BOOK. LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS WE DO AND LAUGH. THIS IS GREAT!

What was one of the most memorable moments of So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore?

TALKING ABOUT HOW THE PROGRAMS WE HAVE IN CHURCH CAUSE PEOPLE TO SEEM BETTER THAN OTHERS

Which scene was your favorite?

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

LAUGH

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I love this book!

The story was so moving and powerful! I could not put to down. it was just what I needed to hear.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The greatest story.....

This book was the most challenging to my beliefs that I have read in a while. The view of the church is spot on. I can't see groups of people gathering without the institutionalized view that we have been taught since birth. This is a great book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Caroline
  • 09-22-12

Boy did this book make me think

Disturbing to listen to at times but very glad I did. Impacted me greatly in a good way

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  • Devonbiker
  • 01-05-17

WARNING! This Lacks Biblical Teaching On Church.

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In one sense this book is great because the story telling gets your focus back on the Lord instead of all our focus on our churches. So this book is great for all believers in that sense. However what I didn't like about the book was its non biblical approach to church. Yes I could relate to the church criticisms 100% but the book leaves you with a sense that doing faith alone is a good thing and doing church is negative. The bible does not encourage doing faith alone but in community with elders, leaders and those whom God appoints over you. Yes the church is an institution of sorts but we need the discipline of church to encourage us in our daily walk with God. I like some aspects of this book - having been feeling less than disappointed with churches myself, however, I do not believe it is wise to give up on church and go it alone. Isolation is the devils playground. Lastly, there were no bible references to speak of in this book. It all came down to what this fictitious man called John was saying. That is dangerous. In these deceptive days we need to belong to solid biblical churches as we spur each other on in the faith.

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  • Vee Dee
  • 05-17-14

Good listen

Would you listen to So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore again? Why?

I certainly enjoyed listening to this book as it has helped me in my personal life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore?

I certainly enjoyed listening to this book as it has helped me in my personal life.

Which character – as performed by Wayne Jacobsen – was your favourite?

I certainly enjoyed listening to this book as it has helped me in my personal life.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I certainly enjoyed listening to this book as it has helped me in my personal life.

Any additional comments?

I certainly enjoyed listening to this book as it has helped me in my personal life.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful