Well I am back from a wonderful holiday, all the better for having had the chance to share part of it with some great friends. For some time I’d been planning to read the book, ‘So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore‘, by Jake Colsen (a pseudonym for Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman), and finally was able to do so while away.
What a liberating read.
It wasn’t as if I’d not come across the concepts in the book before, and many of those who’ve read this blog from time to time would be familiar with at least some of them. However, I’ve never before come across such an effective story that brings all these things together in one place, with a powerful effect on the reader. Even before I got terribly far into the book, I found myself relaxing into an enormous sense of peace and freedom about life with Jesus.
The book expresses all sorts of observations about different forms of organised ‘church’, in the form of a story about a pastor whose journey takes an unexpected turn. More importantly, it expresses so much about the love and grace of our Father.
It gives a graphic illustration of a transition from trusting in our own methods to achieve what we think are God’s purposes, to trusting in God’s work in and through us, putting aside religion along the way. It is not about putting aside things for their own sake, or fighting against them, so much as just listening to what our Father says to us on a daily basis and responding to that.
Anyway, it is impossible for me to describe the content of the book and do it justice. It really needs to be read. I intend to read it several more times. My trust in God has been enormously encouraged by the story, and I am experiencing a real peace and rest in Him.
I’d recommend it to anyone who has a sense of disquiet about their church experience for whatever reason, and for anyone who is just seeking a greater understanding of our Father, and His love for and work in us.
Possibly this book may help people heal in their relationship with God where they may have been hurt by religion or religious people in the past.
This book is available online in pdf form or may be ordered in hard copy here.
God bless you all!