**** Mere Churchianity, Michael Spencer, 2010
This is the first 4-star book of the year. I don't recommend it for the brilliant writing, although Michael is a gifted writer. I recommend it for the content. Michael wrote this book to those who have left the church, or who are about to. It's not an admonision to get your butt back in the pew. It's a call to finding, in his words, a Jesus-shaped spirituality, whether you stay or go.
If you want to get a flavor of Michael's writing, you can check out some of what I consider his best stuff from InternetMonk.com
- Wretched Urgency: The Grace of God or Hamsters on a Wheel?
- Wretched Urgency II: My Not-So-Guilty Pleasures
- Our Problem With Grace: Sweat. Hand-wringing. "Yes, but . . ."
Michael was a remarkable guy. This is his first and last book. He died of cancer before it was released. A lot of folks are still pissed off about that.