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What A New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity…And Why It Matters
by David Kinnaman
Publisher:Baker Books imprint of Baker Pub. from Lion
Published:06 June 2012
In many ways this book hurts because it highlights that at some point we have gone dreadfully wrong if most of the younger generation think so little of us as to not only reject our beliefs but to believe that those of us that hold them are arrogant hypocrites with no sensitivity and so prone to judgement that we almost rival in their minds the Romans that would have fed us Christians to the Lions at the Coliseum. In fact it’s worse, because as this book demonstrates, this generation actually considers us to be the same as those ‘Scribes and Pharisees’ that Jesus railed against. This book has an almighty ouch factor, that’s why we must read it and not ignore it.
The research it works with is American; sadly, I don’t think that we would find such greatly different results and perceptions here in the UK. The good thing about this book is that it not only tells us the problems but it endeavours to help us deal with them, to start mending the broken bridges with suggestions of change and real life insights from a range of people and well known Christian leaders such as Brian McLaren, Louie Giglio, Rick Warren, John Scott and a host more. These help to highlight things that are working, things that can work and the hope that we can change and be the people of Grace, forgiveness, understanding and hospitality, we were and are called to be. There are no short term fixes to this problem, but there are long term changes we can make that should see a difference happening, now though is when we need to start doing it. Reading this book and really listening to the voices within it is a good place to start.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (25/08/12)