“Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home” by Alex Mcfarland and Jason Jimenez
Published: March 1st 2017.
Genre: non-fiction, Christian.
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Millennials (hose born between 1980 and 2000) are struggling to find their place in church and faith for different reasons attached to their age and the challenges of their generation. Many of them are deciding to abandon it all, which leaves their parents completely broken.
This book a guide to help parents understand their millennial children in order to help them find their way back to Christian faith.
I think I was not exactly the target of this book, since I’m not a mother yet and my future kids will be anything but millennials. I chose it because I thought it would address this topic from a more general perspective. Nevertheless, it was interesting for me to learn how parents are being affected by the decisions their grown up children are making. They actually feel guilty for them, and I hadn’t seen it that way before.
I think many parents will find relief, empathy and hope through these pages. This a pretty complete guide to understand people my age with all the challenges we encounter in our everyday lives.
However, this book failed to keep me drawn into it. It might be because of the target thing, but I believe there was also a lot of redundant content and way too many quotes.
Besides, I thought I would find more apologetics. I think a great percentage of millennials abandon faith due to unanswered questions. This book, more than anything else, suggests that parents must listen to their children’s concerns and be a better example for them, which is good, but I think they also need more preparation in order to make a good case for Christianity.
**I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own**
+ “There is nothing more compelling and persuasive than a parent living out his or her faith with great boldness and conviction.”
+ “Too many Christians have forgotten that the goal of the church is to help people follow Christ rather than show up for an hour on Sunday.”
+ (Millennials say) “We want to ask questions that don’t have predetermined answers.”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Alex McFarland is a speaker, writer and advocate for Christian apologetics. He serves as director of the Center for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at North Greenville University, a leading Christian college in the United States. He has spoken in hundreds of locations throughout North America and internationally and has preached in more than 1,300 churches.
Jason Jimenez is the founder of Stand Strong Ministries. He is a pastor, apologist and national speaker who has ministered to families for nearly twenty years. In his extensive ministry career, Jason has been a Children’s, Student, and College Pastor, and has spent a great deal of time investing in marriages, families, and helping churches have greater impact in their communities.