• The Other Half of Church

  • Christian Community, Brain Science, and Overcoming Spiritual Stagnation
  • By: Jim Wilder, Michel Hendricks
  • Narrated by: Brian Conover
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Could brain science be the key to spiritual formation?

Why does true Christian transformation seem fleeting? And why does church often feel lonely, Christian community shallow, and leaders untrustworthy? For many Christians, the delight of encountering Christ eventually dwindles - and disappointment sets in. Is lasting joy possible?

These are some of the questions Michel Hendricks has considered both in his experience as a spiritual formation pastor and in his lifetime as a Christian. He began to find answers when he met Jim Wilder - a neurotheologian.

Using brain science, Wilder identified that there are two halves of the church: the rational half and the relational half. And when Christians only embrace the rational half, churches become unhealthy places where transformation doesn’t last and narcissistic leaders flourish.

In The Other Half of Church, join Michel and Jim's journey as they couple brain science with the Bible to identify how to overcome spiritual stagnation by living a full-brained faith. You'll also learn the four ingredients necessary to develop and maintain a vibrant, transformational community where spiritual formation occurs, relationships flourish, and the toxic spread of narcissism is eradicated.

©2020 Michel Hendricks and Jim Wilder (P)2020 Michel Hendricks and Jim Wilder

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Fantastic!

A must read for any Christian. A game changer for anyone dealing with mental illness who has been told they don't have any hope for change. This book and the accompanying book, The Pandora Problem, will provide a real and straight forward approach to overcoming the thoughts and actions that hold us back from experiencing God in our lives.

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Excellent read

A very well done book. Definitely plenty to think about and examine our hearts to see where we can come closer to Jesus and His Word

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Thank you thank you thank

I could not be more speechless and simultaneously more grateful. I cannot wait to process

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Weak application

I loved the context and concept but there should be more applications. Can’t differentiate what has been conventional and whole brain approach. Also, lack of knowledge of narcissistic abuse. It is VERY difficult for lay people to heal the narcissistic personality disorder. You will burn people out and community can be destroyed by them. Need solid guidance for it rather than “they need to be loved”. It’s not that easy.

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Most important concepts western Christians need!

We've been conditioned to think, act, and try to live as individuals, but that's not what Church is about! I believe with proper application of what this book explains, most of the modern problems in our churches would go away!

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Excellent book for discipleship and church growth

I am vaguely familiar with neuroscience, but this book is well developed and progressed well as it became hard to put down. I made a hanit of taking a chapter at a time to reflect. This book provides valyable information on human interactions in any group or team setting. I strongly recommend it for any project leader or lay leader.

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I got this book on Audible. I will Probably go and buy hard copy now too. So that I can work with other people and A book study...... Very intriguing. And how I would love to find a group that practices this. I'm looking for this long time.

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Amazingly helpful

This book is a must read. Wilder and Hendricks address the fact that the western church functions primarily out of the left brain and that we need to also integrate our right brains into the church community. They also tackle the issue of narcissism in the church

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Overly simplistic.

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fascinating and informative

This book is the beginning of the healing of spiritual stagnation. It is a must read for anyone who truly desires spiritual growth.

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  • 03-07-21

Very insightful and helpful

This book has really helped to highlight and explain the issue of narcissism in church as well as provide equipping and empowerment to manage it and overcome.