What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church?

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A book review of What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church? by Gunner Gundersen (Church Questions Series)

A book review of What If I Don't Feel Like Going to Church? by Gunner Gundersen (Church Questions Series)

Stars: *****

Crossway (2020)
66 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: The most important time to be at church is when you don’t feel like it. Feelings are complicated and fickle, yet they often reveal what you really want or think. When you don’t feel like going to church, something much deeper may be going on that must be addressed by God’s Spirit, through his word. Gunner Gundersen diagnoses the human heart and offers biblical insight on the importance of being involved in the local church―even when you don’t feel like it.

What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church?

Who hasn’t felt like they didn’t want to go to church at one time or another? Some of us feel like it a lot. There are many reasons why that might be but I had no idea how many different types of reasons there really might be until I read the book. There are 12 types of reasons including:

  • physical (such as chronic pain or exhaustion)
  • spiritual (you’re in a dark place)
  • logistical (you live far away from church)
  • cultural (you’re in the minority)
  • transitional (a new pastor takes the helm)

Those are just some of them.

The book is very short at less than 100 pages and they are very small pages. So it’s more like a booklet. But really, I think it’s a better way to reach more people. Not everyone is willing to read longer books. So that was a smart idea on the author/publisher’s part.

The Most Compelling Part

The most compelling part is the one that starts like this:

“It’s Not All About You. I get it. It can be hard. The worship team didn’t pull their song selections from your personal playlist. The pastor didn’t have the time and resources to craft a mesmerizing sermon with a team of presidential speechwriters. The membership may not have the perfect combination of older saints to mentor you, younger saints to energize you, mature saints to counsel you, hospitable saints to host you, and outgoing saints to pursue you. But if your church believes the Bible and preaches the gospel and practices the ordinances and serves one another, then your church has saints, and those saints are your brothers and sisters, your fathers and mothers…”

What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church? pg 28

This is an important read if you find yourself not attending church. Obviously as I write this Covid-19 gives us another reason not to attend church. Some churches are open, some are closed, some have virtual services. Do what you can to participate and when the time comes that you can physically attend church again, go.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.