Thursday, June 21, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Why Men Hate Going To Church

‘Why Men Hate Going to Church’ by David Murrow takes an in depth look at this growing problem. Several valid points are made throughout this book.

According to several studies the majority of churches, especially smaller ones there is a definite gender gap in attendance. The women outnumber the men in almost every church.

In this book it states that churches today tend to cater to the women. Women lead most of your Sunday school classes, Children’s Church, and Nursery. They tend to be decorated on the flowery feminine side, reaching out to the women.

According to the book the number two excuse is it is for wimps. The number one excuse being there are too many hypocrites. These are only the top two excuses given, we as a church have to decide why men feel the way they do. Is there a reason they are being turned off from the church life?

This book also discusses the history of when men started pulling away from the church, and gives ideas that perhaps will draw them back in.

This was an interesting book, a lot of information and ideas. I agree with a lot of the info but I think we have to be careful or we will end up being an entertaining church, giving people what they want instead of what they need. They need to realize it is a personal thing between them and Jesus.

I received this book free from Book Sneeze a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc. as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

until next time... nel


  1. Interesting book. I know I was with someone this weekend that said, and I have to tend to agree with her comment, that women will pretty much go to any church that their husband's want to go to just to get their husbands to go to church. I am glad I am blessed with a hubby who enjoys going to church and except for when we lived in Santa Fe New Mexico and couldn't find a Christian church there (I did you not, even the Christian churches mentioned New Age things) we've gone to church the majority of our married lives.

    I do agree with you, it is relationship with Jesus; sometimes we need to be creative though to get the men to want to even explore that they need a relationship with Him and that sometimes means being creative in how we get them in the doors.....and then we hope and pray the Holy Spirit will convict them to stay :)

    good review!


  2. I've read the book and he makes great points, it was very helpful.
    But to delve deeper into what he was talking about..... you said "it is a personal thing between them and Jesus" see for women "personal thing" isn't a problem but for men it can be. "you're violating my space"