I requested a copy of Meet Generation Z by James Emery White from Baker Books’ BakerBookBloggers program so I could check it out for a review. This topic of the younger generation (Generation Z) is something that has been on my heart for some time now and this book is specifically geared toward their culture, how history helped to form them, how they relate to God and the church and other things. It is very well written and I feel that leadership in churches all over the country need to read this to help them understand how to more effectively relate to this generation.
I would give this book a 9.5 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5 star rating.
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“Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World” by James Emery White is a fascinating study in the younger generation and how they relate to either the church, the Lord or to generic spirituality. This book is written very well bringing forth the statistics and how they have changed from one generation to the next. The author shows the dramatic culture shift that comes with this younger generation and how the church in general needs to be open to changes in order to reach this new generation. Think of this book as a guidebook on ideas on what needs to be done to reach Generation Z. The author skillfully provides practical advice that could change the future of how the church evangelizes. I would highly recommend this book for anyone in church leadership that is interested in long-term survival of the church and reaching this new generation (which both tie together very much). I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Christian Ministry/Church
Author: James Emery White @
Publisher: Baker Books (Baker Publishing Group) #BakerBooksBloggers @ReadBakerBooks.
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0801017018
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is at Christianbook.com. They have it for $9.29– suggested retail from the publisher is $16.99. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
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|Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World
By James Emery White / Baker BooksMove over, boomers, Xers, and millennials, there’s a new generation taking the stage—and they represent a seismic cultural shift! Born between 1993 and 2012, “Z” is the first truly post-Christian generation to come of age in America. White explores their defining characteristics and explains how the church must adapt in order to reach them. 256 pages, softcover from Baker.
•Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
Goal of Book:
The author’s goal is to raise a much-needed awareness that we live in a very pivotal time in the life of our culture and church. This pivotal time is in relation to how the culture of the younger generation relates to God and to the church (if at all) and how with this awareness, we need to re-evaluate how to reach this new generation, which is not the way it has worked for so many years in the past.
My Favorite Part:
I really appreciated all the work that the author put into bringing forth the statistics that really show how this young generation thinks about the church, religion, spirituality, etc. It really is very thought-provoking and makes you pause to think about if you are ready to effectively reach this Generation Z or not. Challenging to say the least.
The further I got into reading this book, the harder it was to put down. It is a very readable, but so thought-provoking and challenging. This really is a book that I would recommend for all churches as this topic is something that we really all need to pay attention to and act upon to reach the young generation.
Who Would Enjoy This Book:
Anyone that has an interest in reaching the younger generation for the Lord would find this book very worth a read. It is very well worth the read for sure!
PART 1: The New Reality
Chapter 1 – A Seventh Age, the Second Fall, and the Rise of the Nones
Chapter 2 – Meet Generation Z
Chapter 3 – When Christ and His Saints Slept
PART 2: A New Approach
Chapter 4 – The Countercultural Church
Chapter 5 – Finding Our Voice
Chapter 6 – Rethinking Evangelism
Chapter 7 – Apologetics for a New Generation
Chapter 8 – Decisions
Appendix A: Gay Marriage
Appendix B: Map of the Spiritual World
Appendix C: Why Believe in God?
About the Publisher:
From the Publisher’s website: Baker Books has a vision for building up the body of Christ through books that are relevant, intelligent, and engaging. We publish titles for lay Christians on topics such as discipleship, apologetics, spirituality, relationships, marriage, parenting, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. We also publish books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling, biblical reference, and leadership.
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