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unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity

February 6, 2010

Overall Rating:  5 out of 5:

This is a MUST HAVE!  Christians are called to be in the world and not of the world, nevertheless we are called to make an impact in the name of Jesus on the world.  This book reveals that we are in fact making an impact; it’s just not the impact I think Jesus is calling us to have.  This book is an eye opener for sure on the state of the church.  

Youth:  Rating – 2 out of 5

This book is not intended for the average teenager reader.  It’s full of statistical data and percentages which are used as evidence to support its claims and that it does very well.  Getting past that takes some work but if you can push your way through it, this book is full of information that will make you stop in your tracks and realize that something has got to change.  When over half of the people who call themselves Christians in America will state that they believe Jesus committed sins while he was here on the earth – something is seriously wrong.  This book is out there to challenge adults in how they teach, train, and raise up the next generation of believers and how they walk the walk in front of them.  I give it a 1 out of 5 because it is just not an easy read for the timid reader.  Nevertheless, if you want to challenge yourself – go for it!

Youth Workers:  Rating – 5 out of 5

Buy It!  Plain and simple.  It will change the way you look at your life, the way you pursue your ministry, and the way you reach out to the youth of the nation.  I would recommend that this book be used as part of a church leadership study/discussion for sure.  This book analyzes the beliefs of the church and identifies the unstable convictions many “believers” hold today that is destroying their testimonies and causing them to live anything but the abundant life in Christ.  Our enemy is real and this book shows just how deceitful he can be and what an impact that can cause.  If you are a Barna fan, you’ll love this book.  When recommending this book to a friend recently I was describing it and mentioned that it was from the Barna research group.  Her response, “you had me at Barna”.  That says it all.  This is a must have resource for any believer, especially those involved in youth ministry.  As a matter of fact, buy two copies because you’ll want to loan one of them out once you read it!

Parents:  Rating – 5 out of 5

This is not a “how to raise a christian child” book so those expectations have to be set aside first before you begin reading.  However, this book paints a very vivid and accurate picture about the world your Christian child/teenager faces today.  Many people are waiting to see real, authentic, Christ-like Christians and this book will give you some insight on how believers, including your children, can greet the world out there with the love of Christ and yet still stand firm on the convictions of the Bible.  I’m sure you realize how much the world has changed since you were your children’s age; equipping them to face the next generation is going to be increasingly difficult.  UnChristian is a great spring board to help open our eyes and see how we as believers are perceived and what we’re doing to promote or diffuse that perception.

Believers:  Rating – 5 out of 5

As a believer, are you seen by people who don’t know Jesus as hypocritical, overly political, soul hungry, gay haters, narrow minded, or judgmental?  Hopefully not all, but I’m sure if you’re like me you’ve worn one of those labels more than once in you Christian walk; sometimes deservedly and sometimes not.  Regardless it is what it is and to many of the folks we are trying to reach with the Gospel of Christ, this is how we are seen.  So what do we do?  Obviously, many of the convictions we are to have from the Bible are not exactly sugar coated but how do we stand for them and yet love others, including our enemies, as we love our selves?  Can we begin to be compassionate where we have once shown contempt without compromising our convictions?  Is it possible to be intelligent and well versed, perhaps even an industry leader in this world and still be able to accurately refer to ourselves as Christians?  These tough questions and more are discussed in this book with statistical data that will blow you away.  Perception is huge when it comes to our testimony as believers, this book will help us all take a serious look at how others see us.

013002: unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About ChristianityBy David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons / Baker

In his Epistle, the Apostle Peter instructed us to give others good reason for the hope we have in Christ, but to do so with “gentleness and respect.” Unfortunately, in the eyes of many non-Christians today, the church has done just the opposite. In Unchristian, David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, has complied startling research among the unchurched and learned that Christians are too often known for the issues they stand against, rather than the hope which they stand for. According to the research, believers are seen as too judgmental, too political, and often hypocritical. If you are a Pastor, lay person or youth leader you will not want to go without the details of this critical study. Uncover for yourself the latest research on the unchurched in Kinnaman’s must-read book.

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