Churches today are facing a problem: they are having trouble drawing in men. According to Murrow, a typical church service’s attendance is predominantly female, at 61%. Furthermore, women tend to volunteer more, and most Christian colleges also have a noticeable gap between male and female attendance. Why Men Hate Going to Church was originally published in 2005, however Thomas Nelson has released an updated and revised version of the book. The updated version includes materials from other books by Murrow and he has trimmed some content he now sees as unnecessary or redundant, as well as including updated numbers and figures when possible.
After some misunderstandings after the first printing, Murrow makes it clear that he is not blaming women for the problem, nor is he blaming men. His goal is show that the gender gap exists in church, reasons for it, and ways to encourage men back into church.