Next month I will be reviewing You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman and giving a chance for others to read and discuss the book via a live online chat. If you would like to read the book and participate in the discussion please let me know. Religion is a tough topic that touches the mind, heart, and soul of a lot of people. I would love to have many voices and respectful opinions.
About the book:
Close to 60 percent of young people who went to church as teens drop out after high school. Now the bestselling author of “unChristian” trains his researcher’s eye on these young believers. Where Kinnaman’s first book “unChristian” showed the world what outsiders aged 16-29 think of Christianity, “You Lost Me” shows why younger Christians aged 16-29 are leaving the church and rethinking their faith.
Based on new research, “You Lost Me” shows pastors, church leaders, and parents how we have failed to equip young people to live “in but not of” the world and how this has serious long-term consequences. More importantly, Kinnaman offers ideas on how to help young people develop and maintain a vibrant faith that they embrace over a lifetime
The online chat discussion will touch on points directly related to the book including: how/if/why the church should change to suit the needs and mindset of the newer generations, personal experiences with the church (directly related to deciding to leave the church and/or deciding to return to the church), how/if people should try to return to the church, how/if the perception of atheism affects the choice to leave the church due to a complete lack of faith, how/if the opinion of family/friends/community affects the choice to leave the church, and more. The discussion will be kept respectful and civil. The chat welcomes all faiths, agnostics, atheists and everything in between. The only thing required is that you actually read the book and maintain respect for everyone.
The book will be read during the month of January and the live discussion chat held in early February. My personal book review will be posted at the beginning of March. The chat log will be posted on this blog at the end of February.
Please contact me and let me know if you are interested in participating in this event.