The Spanish Translation of So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore is now available in HTML and PDF formats for our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters. A dear brother donated his time and expertise in making this translation available free of charge to anyone who wants it.

If others would like to help us translate this book into other languages, please let us know. We’d be happy to grant permission and to make your work available on our website.

There’s lots of movement now to get So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore out in a number of languages. The Russian translation was completed months ago and is now on the website. A few months ago we also posted the Dutch translation. Now we are beginning to add a Spanish Translation and you’ll find the first seven chapters now up on the web site. For links to all of those translations click here.

Also two European publishers have put together a German Version, with a new title, The Cry of the Wild Geese: Setting out For a Free Life in Christ Beyond Religion and Tradition. You can view the cover at left. This translation can be ordered from Glory World Publishers.

Also a card company in France has just produced a French translation of that story as well. You can view it’s cover on the right. It can be ordered from Editions-Promesses.

Dave and I are so blessed that this story has captured the hearts of so many people and that some wonderful people around the world have thought enough of the story to translate as a labor of love to let others read it in their native tongue. I pray that through these pages people will hear the cry of the Spirit that calls them into the full freedom of our inheritance as the redeemed sons and daughters of the Father of all!

There are lots of things going on here, that we want to update you about.

  • We are on the verge of selling out of our first printing, and have ordered another printing to continue the fill the need. The reprint is basically the same book with a few typos fixed. It is also being published with a new publisher, Windblown Media, but will continue to be distributed through Lifestream.org.  You can order your copy here.
  • We’ve also added two new PDF versions of So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore. Both are the final versions that we printed up. One is in an 8.5 x 11 format and the other is the final page spreads that we had printed.
  • The audio version of the book is now available. Wayne Jacobsen reads the book onto 5 CDs. This set is available from Lifestream for $20.00 plus shipping.
  • Finally, we just posted the 12th chapter of the book in our Russian Translation. We should have it finished by the end of the year.

What an incredible year this has been for Jake! Thanks to all who have read this story, enjoyed the story, passed it on to friends, ordered copies and written us to tell us what an impact it had on your lives. We’ve had so much fun telling this story and seeing how much confirmation it has brought to others.

Nadia, a reader in Russia, is translating Jake Colsen’s story into Russian and we will be posting chapters on our website as she makes progress.  If you know readers who speak Russian, you are welcome to forward the link on to them.  The first chapter is up and others will follow as they are completed.  For those reading it in Russian, if you have an editing suggestions, please send them to us and we’ll forward them on to the translator.  Nadia is doing this as a labor of love.

On a side note, we will also be posting soon a complete French translation.  Also a German publisher is translating Jake’s book into German and publishing it in book form.

I love this letter and the encouragement our story has brought to so many lives…

Well after all that has happened, to see a genuine relationship for the Lord is refreshing and also challenging. I am 23 years old in the Air Force, grew up in a Christian home the typical story you have heard thousands of times. I grew up in a home with a sister that has cerebral palsy and severe mental retardation. That was tough I guess because in a Baptist church in Texas it was not normal so to speak. At the time I wanted a childhood like others to fit the molds of religion, to live this so called normal life, but what I failed to realize is that nobody is normal, religion and the world in general paints this picture for so many people to pursue.

I spent 22 years of my life trying to love God out of agendas, programs, formulas. Needless to say, Wayne, my life came crashing down in the Air Force, everything that acted like a religious glue that held together what faith I thought I had fell apart in the hurricane of life. When I lost everything is when I started to replay my past and God started speaking to me, and he brought light to a lot of areas that I had not seen or did not deal with in the past cause of my pride. He started speaking to me about love and relationship, and how that has to be the epicenter of our relationship cause if we miss Him, we miss everything.

I have to say that your book has inspired me and my Family to endure the trials of life with joy and a new understanding that the intentions of God are pure of perfect. He lets us go through trials to bring us closer to Him. Well I just want to say keep on learning and loving. I know that you guys are way more seasoned in life, I guess I only said that because God is revealing that I am going to have let him teach me how to die to myself every day and letting his love shine forth through my death…..every day.  That realness has touched me forever.

I’m sorry I’ve not been able to keep this updated of late. Way too busy with lots of other projects. But I thought you’d enjoy reading a few letters I’ve received in the meantime..

I’ve been on a journey for 25 years now with God following Him all over the place. The struggles of how to frame the local church has been an internal conflict for years now. My ways and beliefs threaten those around me sometimes and I wonder if I’m way off base somedays with God. Your book was comforting to read and reminds me that my journey with God can look different then others and it’s OK.

– Fred

Your book has been used by God to change my life. Several months ago I was reffered to you by a man at a online book store. I had told him some of my story of comming out of the institutional church and how I was confused about who to listen to or read. You responded to my emails and were helpful. Then I found your book the other day and I cannot stop reading it. I just wanted to ssay thank you. This book answered many of my questions as well as opened up a multitude of new ones. But God will answer them in time.
–Daniel
I had the opportunity to give out a few of the Jake books on a recent trip to Asia. I talked to a few missionary folks who are on a very similar journey as mine. I thought you might enjoy some comments one of them made concerning the book:
“Loved the book. absolutely loved it. Finished it on the plane coming back from Chengdu and handed it off to Jon. It’s marked up bigtime; I also wrote a ton of notes on the back pages, highlights from the book that really jumped out at me. Perhaps the biggest thing for me that the book did is underline the importance of avoiding all reactive thinking. House church can easily morph into just another institution. What really matters is people connecting with Jesus and each other and that can happen in many different formats and venues. I was also impacted with the fact that its about pointing people to Christ, not guilt inducing them through accountability structures, etc. Man, I could say much more but I’m far behind in my email and would rather talk about it person.”
–Steve

Here’s you’re chance to meet the authors of the Jake Story and find out a bit more about what went on behind the scenes in the production of this book.  Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman did an interview recently for The God Journey in conjunction with the book’s release in print.  Brad Cummings interviews Wayne and Dave as they fall into a wide-ranging discussion about shame, guilt, religious obligation and control and how Jesus’ work sets us free to live in him. They challenge you to rethink Christianity, not as the religion it has become, but as a transforming relationship with his Father that Jesus always meant it to be.You can listen to the interview here.

I got this email the other day. It appears the Jake story is far more universal than we thought:

I wanted to thank you for posting Jake’s book on your website. I check your website every now and then to check for new stuff, and finding the reference to Jake’s website, I ended up downloading the pdf file of his book. It took me only 2 afternoons to read it! I usually read slow because I do a lot of thinking as I read books, but this book had me so enraptured I had to read it right on through! The journey of my wife and I, and what God has taught us totally paralells this story! I know that is true of a lot of people, but we are definitely added in there.

It is wonderful to see so many people finding this book not only a great resource for themselves, but also want to share it with others. One man called inquiring about ordering an entire case yesterday. Today, I received this note:

I recently gave your book “So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore” to a friend here in TX. Her husband picked it up before she had a chance to and he read practically the whole book in one sitting. His reaction was “this is a powerful book! We need to get it for everyone we know!” Thank you so much for putting words to what our hearts are crying out for!
Pam from Texas

I guess the fire really didn’t affect our printing. I just received the first two copies of So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore that were overnighted from the printer. The rest should arrive this week and we’ll begin to mail them out on a first-come, first-served basis. We’ve got quite a few orders here and I’ll be out of town, so my part-time office staff will work through them as fast as she can. We pray the book will be a blessing and an encouragement to many.

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