Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Launch

Now I know there’s only one Good Book … but I think this is a pretty good book.  It’s been out for a couple of weeks now, but today is the “official launch” date.  (Close your eyes and imagine the sound of popping corks from non-alcoholic champagne bottles.)

If you’d like to check it out, Growing Up Church of Christ is available on Amazon … just click one of the links below: (paperback) (Kindle edition)

Many thanks,

Here’s what others are saying:

“A narrative with funny, poignant memories.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Speaking as one who ‘grew up Church of Christ,’ author Mike Allen has crafted a written time capsule that literally transported me back to childhood in a single evening. His superb collection of personal vignettes is delivered in a heartwarming and vulnerable style that taps into a wide range of emotions from laughter to tears — at times in but a single page. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every minute.” —Dr. Joe Alexander, associate dean of The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, Belmont University

“In Growing Up Church of Christ, Mike Allen strikes a unique balance. He manages to give us a fun and nostalgic trip back to our youth, while at the same time provoking thought on some weighty matters.” —Steve Lake, regional director of advancement, Harding University

“Overall, if you ‘grew up church of Christ’, you’re going to be amused and find yourself having many of the same memories that Allen shares … I laughed, cringed, and even shed a tear or two while we strolled down memory lane but [was] thankful for a chance to peek inside another [preacher kid’s] childhood.” —Paula Harrington, thinking Jesus blogger

“… I feel funny calling him ‘Mike’, but after reading his book you feel like old friends.” —John Dobbs, Out Here Hope Remains blogger


  1. Oh, come on! No non-alcoholic champagne, please. This calls for the real thing! (I had a feeling this was about more than just a blog....Congratulations!)

  2. Thanks, Sheila! (You are very perceptive.) :)

  3. I ordered mine Sunday when I got back into town. Looking forward to reading it.

  4. I'm loving it so far, Mike - especially the story of grace on pages 149-151, of course! By the way, here is the blog post I offered a few months after getting sober and just a couple of weeks after leaving the Church of Christ (now an active member at a non-denominational Bible church).

  5. Thanks, Roger! It sounds like we've had similar journeys. Wonderful blog post ... amen, brother.

  6. Read the book this afternoon after it came in the mail...I feel like this was half of my life story.

  7. Hi! I just finished reading your book, and I have to say that I think it helped me through the process of my first church switch. When my husband and I moved, we left the energetic 500-member church I was baptized in and joined a church with 30 members. I felt kinda lost as to what a "normal" church of Christ was supposed to be and felt like I was expected to just "know," but you helped give me perspective from all sides. Thanks!

  8. Thanks, Cristina! Our family has been a part of several small churches through the years. It can be challenging, but can produce some really close relationships. I wish you well. God bless!