Friday, October 8, 2010

Giveaway! The Church Awakening By Charles R. Swindoll

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, this volume will ignite a revolution in the way Christians "do church" for years to come.

My Review:
Swindoll uses God's intention for the church as a foundation to examine what went wrong with some of our churches in this volume which is chock-full of illustrations, stories, and anecdotes. Giving people a feel-good message instead of what Christians need to hear may increase the numbers, but where is the depth that needed to deal with sin in our current world?

The author gives his opinion about "worship wars" and entertaining sermons instead of expository preaching. Quoting Acts 2:42, four essentials for any church are listed on page 15: teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer.

With October being Pastor Appreciation Month and Christmas coming, I think this is a terrific gift idea for any pastor.

In addition to furnishing me my review copy, the generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!
  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing addresses, please.
  • Leave your email address in code in your comment.
  • I'll close the comments at 6 PM EST November 12th and pick the winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from a winner within three days, I will select another winner(s).
  • If you're interested, just say so in a comment with that all-important email address in code.
Example of email in code: you[at]yourmail[dot]com


Bitterroot Mama said...

OK, I know I just entered the other giveaway, but I REALLY love Christian non-fiction and I haven't read anything by Charles Swindoll, I think, ever. Please enter me in the contest for this book. Thanks! debittergroot[at]gmail[dot]com.

sara said...

of course I would LOVE this book! being in the ministry, I would enjoy reading what swindoll has to say about the church!


Judi said...

Hi Sally
Please enter my name in your book draw. It sounds very interesting.
Thank you!

Judi said...

Hi Sally
This isn't an asking for another chance comment but I want to leave you my email address:


bj said...

As our home fellowship group has been talking about this very thing, if I should win the book, I will pass it around in our group. Then, I will pass it along to another blogger. A sort of Pay It Forward. :)
I think this book might be very helpful to a lot of us.
xo bj

The Paper Princess said...

Dear Sally,

This topic is of great interest to my family. I would love to win a copy of this book!

Thanks for the review and oppportunity!

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