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Book Review – Shifting Stats – Shaking the Church: 40 Canadian Churches Respond

May 18, 2015

If you think the church in Canada is dying, this book will destroy that myth quickly. Although national demographics do not always support the effectiveness of the broadly evangelical church in Canada, Patricia Paddey & Karen Stiller (2015, WorldVision) have compiled 40 stories demonstrating that Canadian Christians are both active and effective in sharing the Gospel in various practical ways across the country. From the furniture factory in Gander, Newfoundland to the Filipino congregation in Whitehorse, Yukon to the multicultural gathering in Abbotsford, BC, and various places in between, these short (3-5 pages) chapters tell encouraging, inspiring, and challenging ways congregations across Canada are serving their local areas (and beyond) and the Gospel is making a difference as people live it out. A variety of denominations and non-denominational churches are represented with a range of sizes, ages, and locations (rural, urban, suburban). Additionally, resources at the end of each chapter provide a person with necessary information to identify parallel needs/ways to minister for their context, while learning more about the needs nationally. A worthwhile read if you are a Christian in Canada that will challenge and encourage your faith.

This book was provided by Graf-Martin Communications for the purpose of blog review.
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