The title by Robin Meyers immediately grabs you: Saving Jesus From the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus.
You can almost guess the cast of characters who are going to be on back cover with recommendation blurbs. And sure enough, John Shelby Spong is there. But then you look closer and praise for the book comes from Bill Moyers, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Diana Butler Bass, and, last but not least, Fred B. Craddock. Now you do not often see these names together.
Raised in the non-instrument Church of Christ but a UCC minister for over 20 years, the author has an agenda, but it is not, he says, "one more attempt to prove why it is wrong to be a fundamentalist."
"Rather, it is a word on behalf of those who have walked away from the church because they recognize intellectual dishonesty as the original sin of orthodoxy." It is also "a call to reconsider what it means to follow Jesus, instead of arguing over things that the church has insisted we must all believe about Christ. Doctrines divide by nature. Discipleship brings us together."
You might want to put this on your Amazon Wish List.