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Book Title: The Unauthorized Guide to Choosing a Church|
The author of the book: Carmen Renee Berry
Edition: Brazos Press
Date of issue: April 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9781587430367
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 352 KB
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Reader ratings: 4.3
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My husband happened across this book in our local public library as I was searching for books to explore Christianity. After now having read most of this book, I realize that at the time I wasn't completely ready to address my many issues with organized religion in addition to considering my questions about my Christian faith. However, it was helpful to distinguish between these two related issues and begin to uncover where I stand with each. I found this book useful in several ways.
My favorite part of this book was the first chapter, "What Does Church Have to Do with Spirituality?", in which the author shares her process of realizing the value of worshiping with others after having become disillusioned about organized religion earlier in her life - a path similar to my own. This chapter included a faith survey that helped me reflect on aspects of my beliefs and questions presently.
I also appreciated that, for the most part, this book explains basic tenets and concepts of Christianity in a straightforward manner. Different Christian denominations are described and contrasted within a historical context, which was informative and encouraged me to reflect upon on my own beliefs. The author's writing style is respectful, appropriately playful, clear, and accessible.
This book is not necessarily intended to be read cover to cover (though it can be). In comparing and contrasting different Christian denominations, it would be better if the main distinctions were stated clearly and concisely at the very start of each denomination's chapter - perhaps bullet-point style, which would fit nicely with the informal presentation of the book.
I learned quite a bit about the historical context, beliefs, and practices of Orthodox, Catholic, and Episcopal denominations. However, when I got to the section on Presbyterianism (the primary denomination in which I was raised), I was curious and eager to learn more about, well, exactly what in the world I had been taught and why. While reading that chapter, I was disappointed to find myself rather befuddled, unable to get a good grasp on this denomination's particular beliefs and practices compared to others'. While perhaps that's more a reflection of my present murkiness about the faith of my youth, this book wasn't able to help me gain clarity on that particular part.
Overall, this book was a helpful part of my ongoing exploration of and learning about Christianity.
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Read information about the authorCarmen Renee Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author, is the creator of the PROLIFIC AUTHOR WRITING SYSTEM. She has authored, co-authored and ghost written 26 books in the past 27 years. Now, as a book writing coach, she teaches authors how to quickly write top-quality books that transform the lives of their readers. With over 30 years in publishing and book promotion, she has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs including Oprah, Montel, the Gail King Show and Sally Jesse Raphael, and appeared on newscasts on CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC. Her story has been featured in People Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek and countless newspapers across the country. If you are interested in writing a transformational self-help book or memoir, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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