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Quit Going to Church

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
How did Christ imagine church and faith? Did he imagine the Sunday-Christian or the wholly immersed believer? In this book, Bob Hostetler tells readers to QUIT GOING TO CHURCH, and renew their walk of faith.

What drives people to enter the doors of churches every Sunday? It could be habit, living up to expectations, a sense of duty, or even guilt. People seem to be living “
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Leafwood Publishers
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Katelyn Irons
We all struggle with it - the apathetic, "blah" attitude that creeps into our lives concerning our Christianity. What we need to do is stop going through the motions. Quit Going to Church by Bob Hostetler outlines 12 areas where Christians can struggle with apathy. Some of his chapters are "Quit Saying Your Prayers," "Quit Reading Your Bible" and "Quit Trying to Be Good."
In the introduction, Hostetler states the book is "about identifying and correcting the way we have forgotten - or departed fr
Jun 23, 2012 Debi rated it liked it
Very readable book regarding how we often go through the motions of Christianity instead of actually following Jesus. With a bold title to get your attention - "Quit Going to Church" - the chapter titles take you aback a bit as well - 'Quit Saying Your Prayers', 'Quit Fellowshipping', etc.

The author is not actually saying to stop going to church per se, but rather to not just go to church out of habit or obligation. Same with praying, reading the Bible, etc. Not just doing it as an obligation, p
- I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviews in exchange for this review. -

With a title like "Quit Going to Church" I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book. I'm sure some of you are a little confused as to the point of the text as well - some may be afraid that this is some sort of revolutionary anti-church manifesto, but that really isn't the case. On page thirteen we are told that this book is about "identifying and correcting the ways we have forgotten - or departed fro
May 16, 2012 Colleen rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I would never have picked it up off the shelf in my local bookstore, but as it was assigned reading, I didn't have a choice.
The is one of the best, i.e. easiest, books I've read so far to deal with the basics of deconstructing the modern mindset of the western christian. In a humorous, humble way, Bob pokes at 12 "religious" beliefs and shows us how to get back on the right track. From "quit going to church", to "quit tithing", to "quit reading the bible", to "quit living in t
Robert Durough, Jr.
May 10, 2012 Robert Durough, Jr. rated it it was ok
As noted in the brief, final chapter, one may not doubt Bob Hostetler “[has] prayed for everyone who reads this book” (215). Throughout QUIT GOING TO CHURCH there is an evident pastoral concern and desire for growth; however, prayer, concern, and desire do not necessarily yield a well-articulated argument. Hostetler plays a game of semantics that some may find more than ruffles a few feathers (13)—it’s likely they won’t even finish the book—and seems to defeat his purpose. It is not very helpful ...more
Mar 18, 2012 eden rated it liked it
Regarding the title, which is probably what caught your interest: It's a bit of a gimmick. The chapters are similarly titled ("Quit Tithing", "Quit Reading Your Bible", "Quit Helping the poor", etc). It's a great attention-grabber, and it's a little misleading. In the eponymous first chapter, Hostetler doesn't argue that you should actually stop going to church; he argues that you should stop just going to church (he's right, of course).

I'd say this book is primarily written for newer or casual
Apr 01, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Ok, I guess I should start with a couple disclaimers. First, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, as a winner of a giveaway. Second, like the author, I also grew up in the Salvation Army, and it's a small world (in fact, my wife knew the author when she was a little girl, because her parents were officers in Ohio.)

I can't think of any other prejudicial factors, so now I'll get into the review. I really enjoyed the book. Each chapter of the book has a fairly sensationa
May 27, 2012 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
Mr.Hostetler his latest title 'Quit Going to Church' a little opposite title though, this book will take your beliefs to a new level. Those ideas and beliefs of what you should and should not do will be turned on its side and emptied out through each chapter. Just like the title, each chapter will give you a shock and sometimes make you apprehensive to continue reading, do not let that be a reason to stop you. With chapters titled Quit Going to Church, Quit Volunteering, Quit being Nice, and Qui ...more
George Baker
Sep 30, 2015 George Baker rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Very thought provoking and made for an excellent resource while putting together a seminar session ok thinking creatively about Church as we know it today.
May 12, 2013 Russ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
A book that really inspires change and a much broader POV then most wound give on such a topic as this. Well done Bob I am working on finishing how to survive the end of the world and then on to falling in love with God. I am a fan of Bob's writing style and honestly his point of view and the way he puts the topics together and how he gets his points across are amazingly simple but not to the point of loss of meaning and depth. I will continue to buy and recommend Bob Hostetler's books as they a ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it
I won this book from Goodreads.

Starting with the title itself, I think the author is trying to get the attention of those who are truly devout and those who are questioning the validity of their beliefs. Throughout the book the chapters say Quit this or Quit that then engage the reader to explore certian related examples from the Bible and how they relate to the reader's personal spiritual journey. This is a good self reflection type of book.
Sarah Pickering
Jul 25, 2012 Sarah Pickering rated it really liked it

This book pokes at all the things you just do by habit or tradition and takes each idea apart and reassembles them in a better order. It would make a great book to read and discuss with others, there's lots I there to chew over.
Jun 17, 2012 Connie rated it it was amazing
So many times I could hear the pastor at my church talking. A great book with so many nuggets of truth. Now to put into practice.
Peter DeHaan
Dec 14, 2013 Peter DeHaan rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
A quick read with thought-provoking ideas. I highly recommend this for any Christian serious about their faith.
Catherine Davis
May 25, 2012 Catherine Davis rated it really liked it
A great tongue in cheek look at the things Christians do and why.
Jul 21, 2012 Zane rated it it was amazing
Well worth spending time with this book
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Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His books, which include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and the novel, The Bone Box, have sold over 3 million copies. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblesto ...more
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