Friday, October 29, 2010
Book Review: The Church Awakening
The Church Awakening: An Urgent Call for Renewal
By Charles R Swindoll
English, 304 pgs
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.
Charles Swindoll has devoted over four decades to two passions: an unwavering commitment to the practical communication and application of God's Word, and an untiring devotion to seeing lives transformed by God's grace. Chuck graduated magna cum laude from Dallas Theological Seminary and has since been honored with four doctorates. For his teaching on Insight for Living, he has received the Program of the Year award and the Hall of Fame award from the National Religious Broadcasters as well as multiple book awards. He and his wife of over half a century, Cynthia, live in Texas. You can find out more about Chuck at www.insight.org.
I neither loved nor hated this book. I did have a hard time getting through it. It took longer than average for me to read it because it felt very much like reading for a class or something. The points are excellent and I can't fault anything that is said. I do agree a lot with the idea that the church is for teaching, not entertainment. There's nothing wrong with having a good time at a service, but that shouldn't be the main focus.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.