If you have attended church more than once, you are bound to have had an uncomfortable experience. I say that because you may have skirted by the first time, but if you went a second time, something strange probably happened. As someone that has been around the church for quite some time, I have had my share of odd situations. Thankfully, they have not been enough to scare me away, but they could have been. Uncomfortable by Brett McCracken is a new book that not only addresses this idea, but others as well.
Uncomfortable is the perfect name for this book for multiple reasons. McCracken is quick to acknowledge that despite how much church leadership can try to avoid these, they will happen. He does not stop there though. He encourages us to push forward in spite of these situations and embrace the uncomfortable nature of the church. One argument for this is that we grow in these awkward places.
Throughout the book McCracken continues to drive home the truth that Christians are too quick to leave a church in our day and age. Rather than sticking through the tough situations, we leave at the drop of the hat for whatever reason. Most of the reasons people leave a church are not ones that should be taken to heart. Instead, they are ones that are typically petty and very mild. Uncomfortable made me just that, uncomfortable, but it is only because I saw how comfortable we try to make the experience of going to church.
If there was ever a timely book to encourage us as inch closer to the new year and new resolutions, it is this one. We should all seek to live our lives a little more uncomfortable this next year.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. The words written above are my own and have not been influenced in any way by the author or publisher.