Perhaps, you’ve never tried church because of all its bad press. Or you may have tried church and it just didn’t work out for you. Or maybe, you are still attending but only out of duty, habit, or fear of the unknown.

A self-proclaimed church brat, Josh has seen the church at its finest…and its lowest.  With a little bit of humor and some straight talk, Josh takes on the hard realities of why you might not be getting everything church was intended to give you. He also shares a plan to help you gain and keep emotional and spiritual healing, stability and personal growth.


  • Discover the purpose of church attendance as God intended you to experience it.
  • Identify the areas in your life that are holding you back from living the life God intends for you.
  • Rediscover the joy that comes from being in community with other believers.
  • Gain an understanding of the practical principles you need to take your life from surviving to thriving.

Josh is the real deal and has a huge heart for the body of Christ! Written with unguarded honesty, this book is a must-read for anyone who has ever been disappointed in church or felt burnt out in their faith. Church Junkies takes apart many of our preconceived ideas about church and repacks them with the powerful, life-giving truth of God’s best for His house!

– Mike Haman, Lead Pastor, Healing Place Church Baton Rouge, LA


“Through church, I have dealt with years of fear because of learned misconceptions of God. However, because of church I have also received hope, freedom from fear, and a healthy understanding of God and his love.” – Tony

“I grew up in church always feeling that when I was good God loved me and when I wasn’t, He did not accept me. I have since learned, through church, how to live every day in God’s love and acceptance.” – Judy

“Growing up going to church was simply religion and a part of the routine. As I have gotten older, I’ve realized church is just another opportunity to meet with the God that loves me so much, that is what has kept me going my entire life.” – Shane

“Growing up in church was scary and confusing, but also something about it made me feel safe. I’ve learned the scary and confusing parts were man made, and the safety I felt was the love of my Heavenly Father.” – Jill

“It just feels like church has become more focused on market surveys instead of moves of God to bring in souls. I don’t want to be a part of that.” – Elijah

“Thirty plus years of church involvement has proved to me that to be an active participant in church and never experience hurt is like believing you can work in a kitchen and never receive a burn while cooking. I am determined to never walk away from something that has helped me more than it has ever hurt me.” – Chermaine

“Most of my church life was about dressing my best and acting my best, always striving to portray what I thought I was supposed to be. But now I see when transparency replaces pretense in the church souls are healed and made whole.” – Jeff

“Church is a place where you will find both the realest and fakest people. I have been both. It’s where I learned how to lie, to others and to myself…but God. He is perfect and honest; never changing, never failing. Church is imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. There will always be hurt and brokenness amidst the joy and redemption.” – Bailey

JOSH MELANCON pastors House of Prayer, a thriving church in south Louisiana, and is launching another church plant in New Orleans in the spring of 2019. He is passionate about Jesus and wants to see people live their best life as God intended. He lives in the college town of Thibodaux, LA with his wife, Keesha; his son, Jensen; and daughter, Miley.

You can find him on:

Facebook @pastorjoshmelancon and @joshuamelancon on Twitter. Listen to him live on Facebook @houseofprayerchurches.