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Giving Church Another Chance: Finding New Meaning in Spiritual Practices

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2011 Golden Canon Leadership Book Award winner! Everybody wants to be spiritual. But nobody wants to be religious. Everybody is looking for a rich spiritual life. But nobody is looking to church. As a pastor, Todd Hunter found himself disillusioned, burned out and needing to drop out of traditional forms of church. He experimented with house churches and other options but ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by IVP Books
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Apr 17, 2010 Melinda rated it really liked it
"Giving Church Another Chance: Finding New Meaning in Spiritual Practices" is a book about the church journey of Todd D. Hunter and the things that he has found valuable along the way.

Todd Hunter became a Christian as a teen and started his Christian walk in non-denominational Bible churches -- Calvary Chapel California first and then the Vineyard Church. He was teaching Bible studies and classes early in his 20's and eventually became a pastor. After living in the non-denominational Bible chur
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Apr 15, 2010 Kevin Greenlee rated it really liked it
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Late last year I read my pastor and Bishop Todd Hunter’s first book, Christianity Beyond Belief in which he argued for the importance of entering into God’s story and living as Christians not merely for cleansing from sin, but further for the sake of touching the lives of others with Christ’s love. That is, being a people set apart by God for the sake of the rest of the world, just as Israel was intended to be.

Recently, he released his second book, Giving Church Another Chance: Finding New Meani
Josh Hopping
Dec 07, 2011 Josh Hopping rated it it was amazing
"There is a counterintuitive aspect of engaging with the spiritual practices of church. Though spiritual formation is chiefly an inward reality, we often work on our heart, mind and soul through bodily or external practices. This is true of all the spiritual practices of church. But we need to keep in mind that it is the inward part of our life from which outward action flow.”

All too often followers of Jesus get caught up in what is new, different, and/or exciting. We want to be on the forefront
Byron Fike
Jul 09, 2015 Byron Fike rated it liked it
This is an interesting read but I'm not certain it will convince anyone to give church another chance. His focus was more individualistic rather than corporate. I found that strange in light of the title. His personal journey of faith and church was quite interesting. His openness concerning his children no longer participating in church made me feel a deep sense of sadness. I do believe the fomerly-churched might be interested in returning by finding new meaning in spiritual practices, but I'm ...more
Mark Clements
Feb 13, 2011 Mark Clements rated it liked it
Hunter's journey from Vineyard churches to the Anglican Church gives an him interesting perspective. His answer to those who say "I'm spiritual, but not religious" is to "repractice" the way we do church. He's not advocating market-driven or purpose-driven, contemporary or traditional. Giving Church Another Chance is his call for authentic, honest Christian living and participation in the life of the church-not just on Sunday but everyday. He gives some good ideas for how to participate in a wor ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Callie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book does have some good thoughts, and it was interesting to see the missional attitude very much at work w/in what the author was putting forward, even though he was talking about reclaiming ancient church practices as basic as tithing, Eucharist, benediction, sermon, etc. I liked the emphasis he put on doing these not as the main event, but as preparation and training for the main event, which is real life on mission together.
Oct 02, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it
I like books that make you think in new ways, and this is one of them. Some of the ideas include how the "traditional" and historic liturgy of church makes sense in many ways--for rest, contemplation, and as a starting point for everyday practice at being a Christian; you can only talk so much, then you have to "do"; and so on. Great book for discussion in a church group.
John Kennedy
Jun 14, 2010 John Kennedy rated it it was ok
Disappointed that the book didn't deliver more on how Hunter gave church another chance or explain more in depth why he felt compelled to return after walking away. I kept getting the impression he is guarding his emotions. Much of the book is a standard defense of the gospel, relying too much on other sources. I want to know more about his experiences, not stuff I've read before.
Justin DeVantier
Mar 22, 2013 Justin DeVantier rated it really liked it
A Good Introduction to the anglican way of spiritual life. The meaning of liturgical practices are clearly and poetically expressed. This is a good book that helps those who come from a different tradition appreciate the richness of the anglican spiritual journey.
Pam Howell
This book was thought provoking & informative. I liked the challenge of repracting the "elements" of church I experience each week.
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Bishop Todd Hunter of the Anglican Mission in the Americas, is the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Church, an Anglican church in Costa Mesa, California and author of Christianity Beyond Belief (IVP 2009), Giving Church Another Chance (IVP Spring, 2010) and The Outsider Interviews (Baker Books, Summer 2010). Todd is also the founding director of Churches for the Sake of Others, the West Coast churc ...more
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