The title of the book is “Why bother with church: And other questions about why you need it and why it needs you” This is another helpful short book in the “questions Christians ask” series put out by the good book company. Coming in at just 95 pages this is a perfect little book for those interested in understanding the importance of the church without having to dig through much larger works.
Allberry ends the book by answering the title of the book with another question, “why on earth would I not bother with the church?”. Allberry does an excellent job of getting you there throughout the pages of this book. As one already convinced it didn’t have to work very hard with me, but I feel confident he would be successful with those less convinced of the importance of the church with this book as well.
The book is concise but very precise and rich. There is a lot of great doctrine of the church in this small book and the author also helps the reader see the practical applications of much of the doctrine with really makes the book stronger. He will move you along from understanding why church to how church. The authors style is helpful and quote worthy which made for good reading but most of all he unwaveringly proclaims the glories of the Church of Jesus Christ.
The only criticism I might offer of the book is that he seems to have a false dichotomy of what the church can do for me mentality vs. a what I can do for the church. I think we ought to go to church expecting to be fed and have our souls nourished by God’s ordained means, but also thinking of encouraging others and giving and serving. I don’t think the two are against each other. I will give the author the benefit of the doubt, the series of books are all short and I’m guessing he had a tight page limit given by the publisher that precluded his being able to discuss in more detail his views on this.
Overall I would highly recommend the book for all interested in the topic. I could see it being useful in discipling a new believer on the importance of the church in their life. Pick up and read!
Publisher: The Good Book Co.
Footnotes or endnotes: none
Buy here : $7.19
*this book was provided to me from the publisher free of charge. I was not required to write a positive review.