December 5, 2020

It’s Here!

When Michael Spencer and I first discussed the book he would write, I asked him, “If you could only write one book in your life, what would it be?’ He never hesitated.

“I would write about Jesus-shaped spirituality.”

As it turned out, Michael was only able to write one book in his life. And today, that book–about Jesus-shaped spirituality–is out. Waterbrook, a division of Random House (one of the largest book publishers in the world), has done a great job editing, designing, packaging and distributing Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality. And today is the release day.

If you have not ordered your copy, you can do so by clicking on the links above. Or, if you prefer, head out to your favorite bookstore–they should be available in most all book retailers.

I am not going to offer a review of the book, as I am just too close to it. I read it chapter-by-chapter as Michael was writing it. When he became too ill to do the final edits, I took over and worked with Waterbrook’s Ron Lee (one of the best book editors in the business) to get it in its final shape. I think it is fantastic, but as I say, I am just too close for an objective opinion.

Chaplain Mike will have some words to say about this work, and you can find plenty of reviews at other blogs and on other sites if you want a more “objective” look. Or you can just buy it and read it for yourself. I then ask you to report back in the form of comments as to how the book touches you. For that is its whole purpose. Michael did not write this to make himself into a superstar author. He had only one goal in mind: To help form Jesus-shaped Christians.

So today we celebrate with Michael the release of Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality

You done good, Michael. Real good.


  1. Now if I can just get my copy, I’ll be a happy camper!

    I ordered mine back in May, before the release date was moved up. In spite of having pre-ordered the book that far in advance my copy wasn’t scheduled to ship until 06/21, while a friend’s copy shipped two days ago.

    I contacted Amazon yesterday, and they moved the shipping date up to today for me. But it’s still a bummer. I just wanna grab someone by the lapels and demand: “What’s the point of pre-ordering if I end up at the back of the queue?”

    Oh, wait, that wouldn’t be a very Jesus-shaped response, would it?

  2. Jo Ann Peterson says

    Bought my copy as an ebook on June 1st. I love it. I can so relate to so much he talks about. I’m only half way through…It just so happens that my mom is on hospice and I am her caregiver so it’s hard for me to find quiet time to read. Michael is going to change alot of people’s spiritual worlds.

  3. Headless Unicorn Guy says

    “THIS IS IT!
    NUMBER ONE!!!!!”
    — Dr Demento fanfare for The Top Ten (Funny Five outside of Los Angeles)

  4. My copy arrived today! The first couple chapters have far surpassed my expectations, and I am looking forward to the rest. It is so good to hear Michael’s voice again. And somehow it sounds even warmer and more thoughtful and more pastoral than ever before.