When Bad Christians Happen to Good People - Dave Burchett

Price: $14.99

Format: Trade Paperback

ISBN: 9780307729927

Release: 7.19.2011

Religion - Christian Life

Read Review on Blogger's Site

Review on Retailer Site

Read Chapter 1

About Dave Burchett


Share This
3.5 Stars
Find Retailers on Google

Worth the Read

by James Long
October 1, 2012
3.5 Stars
0 other readers have rated James's review.

Why do you need my email?
Close Window

In order to rank this review we require your email address as proof that, A) You’re a real person (and not a bot) and B) It ensures that only one person can rank a review one time (and protects from bloggers that might try to “pad” their rankings). Your email address will only be used for review rankings as part of the Blogging for Books program and will not be sold to 3rd parties or used by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers in any way. That said, if you check the box that says “Send me updates on the latest Christian books,” you’ll receive the WaterBrook Multnomah Bookends eNewsletter (sent monthly). You can always unsubscribe to this newsletter at any time.

James's overall score for this review: 0
James's average score for this review: 0.0
Close Window

Each review can be ranked and given 1 to 5 stars. Each star is worth one point. If a review is ranked 10 times and each time is given 5 stars, the overall score would be 50 points. For more on scoring visit the FAQ page. For why scoring matters visit the support page.

Burchett’s book attempts to walk the fine line between espousing stinging truth and ranting. He pretty much pulls it off because of three things. First, he disarms the reader with a confession of his own hypocritical nature. Second, he relates the tragic personal story of his daughter Katie born with a terminal neural tube birth defect. Third, he craftily intersperses irreverent and sometimes (okay, mostly) acerbic wit throughout his chapters. This gives the book an informal feel as if one were sitting down with your friend David at a Starbucks.

The book is an attempt to codify the disappointments and pains that sometimes come as we encounter Christians who have a zeal not tempered by grace. We all know people like this. Even if we “hung in there” with the church, many of us carry scars and even gaping wounds from heated church business meetings, condemning preachers whose breath smells frighteningly of brimstone, and groups of believers who gasp when they hear “cussing” but have no problem with gossip – especially if it concerns the deacon’s wife.

This Burchett does well. It is not intended as a text book. It is not filled with facts and results from the latest survey. It is a personal journey, and that is reflected in the writing. There is no attempt to be scholarly, rather the author seeks to shine light into the unswept corners of the church house.

At times Burchett’s brush seems a bit broad and his accusations too sweeping. It is true that many people leave the church because they have been hurt by “bad Christians,” but it is also true that many people leave the church through no fault of the congregation. Sometimes guilt-ridden guests in a church setting are looking for anything to validate the way they feel about themselves – even if they have to create conflict to find it.

That being said, When Bad Christians Happen to Good People is a book that should cause reflection and examination in the body of Christ. The reader will find that many of the pages are mirrors reflecting images we’d rather not see. It is worth the time to read the book and to consider the questions at the end. If it is used for a small group study, then the study leader should be extra cautious that the group time does not disintegrate into a gripe sessions – especially one directed at the church leadership. Care should be taken to address these kinds of issues in the appropriate forum.

Most Active Bloggers (This Month)

Most Active Bloggers (This Year)

Tastebook_General_200x165.jpg

This content requires the Flash Player. Please Download and install it here.