An Irreligious Faith: How to Starve Religion and Feed Life

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Interested in Jesus, but not the church? Used to go, but don't anymore? Find the whole church scene irrelevant? You may be one of the 38 million individuals who stopped attending church in the last decade in The U.S.

With honesty and a wry wit, Glenn Hager tells the story of his transition from being a pastor to being regarded a troublemaker by religious types. He explains how Jesus broke most of the preconceived religious notions of his day, that churches really could be make a difference if they are willing to take some risks, and that people who don’t go to church are not necessarily heretics.

You will find answers to these questions: What would cause a pastor of over twenty years to leave the institutional church, (but not the faith)? What are the key differences between Jesus and the church? How can the church be turned “right side up?” What are the key transitions from an institutional centered faith toward one that is more personal and meaningful?

This may be the most refreshingly honest and irreligious book about faith and life you’ll ever read.

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After being a pastor for over twenty years, Glenn, now encourages independent minded people of faith through his writing, speaking, consulting, and one-on-one relationships. You can find him on the internet at glennhager.com.

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Glenn Hager's spiritual journey takes readers through a desolate landscape of religious arrogance, divisiveness, and self-righteousness. It will be an all-too-familiar journey for many who have been alienated or abandoned by American Christianity. However, Hager's destination is one of hope and healing. He knows that where Christianity has failed is the place where Jesus meets us and lifts us up.    - Doug Worgul, author of Thin Blue Smoke (Burnside Books)

Glenn Hager invites us into his own passionate story of following Jesus as he discerns the difference between the religious baggage in the evangelical community and the core message and practice of Jesus. I'm impressed with his enduring passion to follow Jesus through and beyond religious cynicism. This book will provoke you to a passionate faith, toward what really matters. I highly recommend it.
- Dan J. Brennan, author of Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship Between Men and Women (Faith Dance Publishing)

If you have found yourself on the fringes of faith, if you've left church, if you are tired of the religious rules, "shoulds," and hypocrisy of organized religion, if you are long to follow Jesus but aren't sure how to anymore, you'll find hope in Glenn Hager's irreligious faith. His story of moving from dutiful Christian insider to an on the fringe outsider will deeply encourage those who are tired of the system but long for a renewed and active faith.  - Kathy Escobar, Co-Pastor of The Refuge and author of Down We Go: Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus (Civitas Press)

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