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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
I can readily relate to Who Stole My Church, I am ashamed to say I have at embraced change at times and other times felt it overwhelming. I “grew up” with choir robes, treasured hymns, silent reverence in the sanctuary where you wear your Sunday best worship services. Suddenly, in what seemed like the blink of an eye, there were praise choruses that seem only to scratch the surface of worship.
There were blue jeans and shorts and a much more casual service. I enjoyed the increased informality, yet the changes seem to come too fast. Many members began to feel left behind and unwanted. Just as MacDonald describes, these were the movers and shakers of the church--the core members, and the “traditional” members most in their 50’s and 60’s. Most have adapted the changes, but there are still a few that are very unhappy. I shudder to remember I uttered the words, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Pastor MacDonald does not know me; we will probably never meet, (except in heaven) but he has touched my life. He has given me a lot to contemplate.
Gordon MacDonald author of Who Stole My Church uses an easy and simple to understand method to accentuate his point. The plot is well-developed, and the structure flows smoothly. The characters are very real and life-like. The message of this book is extremely important. I highly recommend that all Christians read this book, regardless of their age; some day even the young will be asking Who Stole My Church.