I have to be honest with you. I did not want to read this book. “The Map” by David Murrow (Why Men Hate Going to Church) was described as revealing a secret map for men that was hidden in the book of Matthew. I really wasn’t interested in reading a Divinci Code-like treatment of God’s Word. What I discovered was that it was a novel – sort of! The first half of the book is written in the popular story-telling genre to convey a lesson without just dumping the facts on the reader. In the rest of the book Murrow adds detail and substance to the story to assist men in applying the lessons to their faith and lives. I found this style of writing to be very engaging and helpful and I think more men will read the last half of the book because of the way the first half is written.
Essentially, Murrow asserts that there is indeed a biblical model for men that is contained with the overall structure of Matthew 8-25. This model is a journey up the mountain of discipleship and includes submission, strength, and sacrifice. The problem, according to Murrow, is that most Christian men stop at the submission leg of the journey and never move on to the strength or sacrifice legs. Murrow identifies several trail markers for each leg of the journey to help men gauge their progress and provides several danger points where men often get lost. It’s pretty compelling stuff.
Have you noticed restless men in your church? Men who want something more than a worship service? More than singing emotive songs of love and praise to Jesus? Men who want to know what to do next? On p. 217 Murrow writes:
“They’re no longer searching for a ‘better’ church, because they’ve realized that a weekly worship service will never deliver what their hearts long for. Instead, these guys are cobbling together a spiritual life based on personal devotions, fellowship with other believers, service, and giving. They listen to podcasts from the handful of pastors who have the courage to teach the second and third journeys.” (strength and sacrifice).
“The Map” has the potential to spark a new movement among men that will enage them in new and meaningful depths of discipleship. Read this book. Sit down with the men’s ministry leaders in your church and dream together about a men’s minsitry in your church that will capture the heart and imagination of your men. “The Map” will show you the way! “The Map” is available at Amazon.
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