unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity . . . and Why It Matters  -     By: David Kinnaman, Gabe Lyons
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unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity . . . and Why It Matters

Baker Books / 2012 / Paperback

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From the president of the Barna Group comes an eye-opening study on the overwhelmingly negative way in which 16- to 29-year-old non-believers view Christianity. What caused this trend, and what can be done to reverse it? Leaders including Chuck Colson, Andy Crouch, Brian McLaren, Chris Seay, and Margaret Feinberg weigh in. 256 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801072719
ISBN-13: 9780801072710
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Christianity has an image problem. Christians are supposed to represent Christ to the world. But according to the latest report card, something has gone terribly wrong. Using descriptions like "hypocritical," "insensitive," and "judgmental," young Americans share an impression of Christians that's nothing short of . . . unChristian.

Groundbreaking research into the perceptions of people aged 16-29 reveals that Christians have taken several giant steps backward in one of their most important assignments. The surprising details of the study, commissioned by the Fermi Project and conducted by The Barna Group, are presented with uncompromising honesty in unChristian. Find out why these negative perceptions exist, learn how to reverse them in a Christlike manner, and discover practical examples of how Christians can positively contribute to culture.

Now available in trade paper.

Author Bio

David Kinnaman is the author of You Lost Me and president of The Barna Group, which provides research and resources that facilitate spiritual transformation in people's lives. Since joining Barna in 1995, David has designed and analyzed nearly five hundred studies for a variety of churches, nonprofits, and corporations. He and George Barna write a free research report published online at www.barna.org. David and his wife, Jill, have three children and live in Ventura, California.

Gabe Lyons is the author of The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America and the founder of Q--a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Prior to launching Q, Gabe cofounded Catalyst, a national gathering of young leaders. His work represents the perspectives of a new generation of Christians and has been featured by CNN, the New York Times, Fox News, and USA Today. Gabe, his wife, Rebekah, and their three children reside in Manhattan, New York.

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  1. Rochelle, Illinois
    Age: 55-65
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must-read for Everyone!
    March 15, 2013
    Michael
    Rochelle, Illinois
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    This is a tremendous work for anyone who wants to know what "outsiders" think. It caused me to look much closer at my life and how my faith is lived out publicly; how I can more distinctly reflect Christ to the unchurched and best represent the essence of the Gospel message. I used 'UnChristian" in small group discussion and we have had several engaging, thought-provoking conversations around the themes in this book. Highly recommended!
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Church Has Problems - This Book Can Help!
    October 15, 2012
    oldmanchubb
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    The "unChristian" book was published after three years of research by the Barna group on non-Christian (and Christian) perspectives on modern day American Christianity. Barna is a pretty unique group, in that they do market research on all things related to Christianity, so that the American Church can better function.

    Far too many Christians are playing the martyr card and highlighting examples of what happens in a world of extreme tolerance and pluralism. Many Christians are fearful of their rights being taken away or their voice no longer being heard. While I understand those concerns, Barna's research should help open up the eyes of the average believe - that more and more young people are genuinely disillusioned by all things related to Christianity. The six main perceptions about Christians uncovered in their research - Christianity is hypocritical, judgmental, too political, isn't genuine, anti-homosexual and sheltered. They explain their research methodology, break down each of these negative perceptions and also include some other closing thoughts. Each chapter has feedback from well-known pastors/theologians with their own insights into each of these perceptions.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was fairly convicted throughout. The point of the text is not that Christians should be popular, but that when non-believers look in at us, they increasingly see nothing that looks like Jesus. This desperately needs to change and being aware of these perceptions is certainly a good starting place. Rather than take a "Well I believe in the Bible, therefore I am always right" approach, it's good to be aware of flaws and good to be aware of what simply does not work. Grace and humility are traits that many churches need to reclaim.

    I used this book in a recent sermon series, dedicating six weeks to the six negative perceptions. It was challenging to talk about some of these ideas and it certainly was challenging to own up to our faults, but I think it was worth it in the end.
  3. Burien, Washington
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    Wonderful, timely book!!! A must read!!!!
    August 7, 2012
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    This book was part of 4 books recommended by our pastor ,at Burien Free Methodist Church, in Burein, Washington , for summer reading. Outstanding book, gave me lots to think about!!!
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    Excellent book for understanding how our younger generation perceives Faith based people.
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    The book is good. it reveals some veryshocking conclusions to non Christians opinion of Christians
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