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You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church... And Rethinking Faith (2011)

by David Kinnaman(Favorite Author)
3.91 of 5 Votes: 1
0801013143 (ISBN13: 9780801013140)
Baker Books
review 1: The message that most stuck with me after reading UN-Christian, was this: in previous generations, the elders could look at the youngers and say, 'Just wait, give them a little time and they'll come to the same lessons and realizations we have. They'll get it." - but this time around that isn't going to happen. I felt pretty demoralized by that thought, while allowing that it just might be the case. This thought has continued to ring in memory as I look at the world around me. In You Lost Me, Kinnaman continues to impress me with his upbeat, positive, enthusiasm in the face of the societal impact and changes going on with the youngest generation. Thank goodness, because I need that shot of spunk and Go Team, Go! spirit. I appreciate the insights he has to share in th... moree hows and whys of a people-group that are peers to my own children, and so-being, have a decided influence upon them. Please understand, I'm not slamming the younger generation (entirely.) I see much that is creative and contributing and caring. It's just that I don't often feel that it's as big a wave of influence as the negative undertow also at work. My personal take-aways from this book were two-fold. It seems to me that much of what Millenials condemn their elders, and in particular, the church for are simply different shades of the very weaknesses they, themselves, possess. However, I loved Kinnaman's observance of the definition of a Generation. We have come to identify a generation as a subset of folks divided into age-groups; rather, a generation can better be defined by a period in time, and all the age-groups contribute to what is accomplished during that space of time. (He got this view from someone else and gave them full credit, by the way.) I love this because it calls into account ALL of us, to work and give and share and do - together, for the sake of one another and Jesus Christ's saving work that we are invited to participate in for such a time as we've been given. I encourage everyone to read this book, despite a title that seems to declare the game is over. Within the pages, there is hope, a much needed commodity, in my view.
review 2: I struggle with books like this one. It is a cultural snapshot of 20-somethings who were in the church but have distanced themselves with the church. I am still a part of a local faith community. I understand all of the reasons, cultural shifts, and hurts the church has caused. I have been hurt by Christians and the Church deeply and personally… But, my staying is a choice. I am thankful for a new angle to see others' perspectives like this book. less
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Interesting look at why millennialist leave the church. Backed up by research data. Worth reading.
must read for anyone who cares about teenagers and young adults
Great book, clear concepts supported by solid research.
Awesome!!! Very insightful. Many, many inspiring ideas.
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