The Church Awakening

An Urgent Call for Renewal
The Church Awakening: An Urgent Call for Renewal. Faith Words. Sept. 2010. c.282p. ISBN 978-0-446-55653-8. $23.99. REL
Swindoll is the wonder and envy of many a preacher: his Stonebriar Community Church is one of the nation's most successful superchurches, attracting more than 4000 worshippers on a typical Sunday. Still, his latest work urges churchgoers, preachers, and church planters to be wary of the side-effects of the very sort of success his church enjoys—media-driven worship, Biblical illiteracy, volunteerism displaced by professionalism. He prescribes a church life where the sense of caring is "contagious" and champions the models of early—first century C.E.—churches.
VERDICT While Swindoll's theology clings to the moderate conservatism of his background, his message separates him from the less attractive recent tendencies of the Evangelical superchurches; this book will be a welcome guide for conservative Protestant preachers and believers.
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