Who Stole My Church?
you go to church regularly (and I hope you do), I recommend that you
read the book—Who Stole My Church? by Gordon MacDonald (Thomas Nelson,
Inc.). As someone who goes to church, you may have noticed a number of
non-theological changes in your church service, i.e. contemporary music,
bands, and a generally less formal atmosphere.
the Christian religion is going through major changes in its approach
to worship. The idea is to make the church worship service more
welcoming to the current generation. Maybe you welcome these changes. Or
perhaps you dislike them. Regardless of your reaction, this book is
And it is also very
clever. Gordon MacDonald has written more than ten books, but this one
certainly takes an unusual approach to a topic. Instead of being your
typical nonfiction book, MacDonald has written a fictional account of a
church located in New England. The only real characters in the book are
himself and his wife, Gail.
general idea of the story is that a few years back, the faithful, loyal,
and committed members of a small church outside of Boston called Pastor
MacDonald to shepherd their church. They felt their church had
plateaued, not doing the best job of reaching out into the community,
and needed a new outlook and some new energy. Well, they got what they
wanted and perhaps more than they wanted, but I’ll not ruin the story by
I do promise you that
you will "recognize" people in your church (maybe even yourself) as you
read this enlightening and entertaining book. MacDonald doesn’t promise
solutions in this book, but he does provide an entertaining read that
allows the reader to look at the changes going on in Christian worship
from a different perspective. I don’t think you will be disappointed.