Author circles back to simplicity

Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 03:11 PM.

McBrayer, raised in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, is the author of several books, including “Leaving Religion, Following Jesus”; “The Jesus Tribe”; and “How Far is Heaven?” His weekly newspaper and Internet column, “Keeping the Faith,” is nationally syndicated with a circulation of more than six million readers. And he eats every Christmas Eve at Waffle House.

While there, he always finds items that give him ideas.

“The jukebox,” he said. “The masterful fry cooks. The ‘Howdy, welcome to Waffle House’ every time I go in.” 

And why did he choose Waffle House instead of, say, IHOP, for the book?

“IHOP to Waffle House is an apple to orange comparison, I think,” McBrayer said. “Waffle House is more ragged and less shiny. I like that comparison better.”

McBrayer uses his years of experience as a pastor, chaplain and columnist to challenge people of faith to rethink how they “do church.” He suggests a modest, commonsense vision to turn congregations into places that would welcome all people, preach and practice simplicity, and operate with grace and flexibility.

“The Gospel According to Waffle House” was originally going to be an ebook only, so it is a lot shorter than McBrayer’s other books.

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