52 Churches: A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, and Our Common Faith
Visit Fifty-Two Different Churches in a Year? Was I crazy? Maybe.
My wife and I spent a year visiting 52 churches, a different Christian church every Sunday: Protestant mainline, evangelical, charismatic, nondenominational, Roman Catholic, and more.
I’m sure we visited a church just like yours.
And wow, did we learn a lot. Things that will surprise you and make you cringe. And more than a few things that will inspire you. You’ll:
- Discover the shocking approaches that some churches use.
- Learn the essential dos and don’ts when you have a visitor.
- Make sure your church avoids the really creepy things I saw.
- Uncover traditional church practices that no longer make sense.
- See what’s not working, and what to replace it with.
You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Wince.
But 52 Churches isn’t a rip at the modern church or a mean-spirited journalistic exposé. Instead it’s a gift that offers encouragement, hope, and ideas on how your church can thrive in today’s culture.
Read What Others Say about 52 Churches
“The insights from this book are unique, engaging, and a must read for anyone involved in ministry!” -Pastor Scott
“52 Churches is an eye opening and insightful read as to how we Christians interact with and welcome visitors into our places of worship.” -Teri Block
“An interesting and intriguing experiment, I’m glad Peter and his wife invited us along on their journey!” P Robertson
“DeHaan writes for everyone whether they have a connection with a church or not. I highly recommend this book. It was great read the first time. I plan to read it again.” -Justin Bessert
“Loved this book! I was pleasantly surprised with Peter DeHaan’s down-to-earth, real-people look at how visitors experience church.” -Amazon review
“His observations should cause us to look at how we, as a church body, behave when we think no one is looking.” -Lynn McG
“Love the fact that Peter DeHaan notices everything . . . love the uptakes. Positive eye opener.” -Penny Goldman
“Overall it made me think, is your church goal to glorify the Lord and point people towards Him?” -Myrna Folkert
“An engaging, easy read that looks at how inviting churches are to visitors. The view is not condemning, but rather an honest look at how things come across to an outsider. A very compelling read!” -Christopher & Laura Alexander
“This journey is intriguing, surprising and engaging! I would suggest that members of all churches read this!” -Mark Graveling