So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging WorldSean McDowell, J. Warner WallaceDavid C Cook / 2019 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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teacher5 Stars Out Of 5a great guideSeptember 26, 2019teacherQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was very helpful. I am a teacher and the authors gave wonderful tips and ideas for me to get involved with my kids' spiritual lives. I feel like I understand better how they (gen z) think after reading this. I not only would recommend this to others, but I immediately shared this with our youth pastor!
Dan5 Stars Out Of 5Read this book whether you work with youth or not!August 8, 2019DanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Why? #1 Because the first thing I realized, and repented of, is that I don't really like, nor do I understand the young people of the next generation. By chapter 3 , I developed more respect for them and better realized their challenges and strengths. #2. This book helped me see the weakness in youth groups throughout our country because of our focus on fun and relationships instead of truth. #3 The absolute best part of the the book is the practical guide to how to teach truth and essential Christian Worldview, and then use the knowledge. I really believe the missing piece in youth groups today is the practical application of Christian Truth in a hurting world. It will take a lot of prayer, planning, and commitment from youth workers as well as the students, but following the plans outlined in this book will grow up believers who will see God changing lives. This generation wants an adventure, and I believe Sean and J. Warner's advice will give them that.
P. Sigler5 Stars Out Of 5An EXCELLENT resource for anyone who interacts with youth!August 1, 2019P. SiglerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you know any Gen Z individuals, you should read this book!
This book is a treasure trove of well-organized, timely information. Parents and grandparents, as well as anyone who regularly encounters youth, will find great suggestions for effective communication with these "digital natives." These two authors write in an engaging manner that enables those who are less familiar with the topics under discussion to easily understand and implement the concepts of the book.
In addition to fostering a basic understanding of Gen Z, the authors, drawing on real-world experiences and current research, present foundational knowledge for those who may be less familiar with how today's teens think. There are also practical suggestions for engaging this newest generation and building relationships where discussions can occur without confrontation. The book also includes suggested activities for pastors, teachers, and parents. There is an easy-to-follow plan for taking Gen Z from thinking to action.
Excellent information for anyone who cares about how to engage young people in meaningful dialogue!
Seth Drayer5 Stars Out Of 5Struggling to reach today's youth? Start here!July 28, 2019Seth DrayerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5McDowell and Wallace have crafted an inspiring launchpad not only for parents and youth leaders but truly anyone who takes seriously Christ's Great Commission. Indeed, to make disciples of all nations includes the one in which you live--and that requires reaching across generational divides.
Rather than take the easy path of merely expounding the flaws of Gen Z, the authors seek to guide readers in understanding the intellectual and emotional lives of today's youth. This understanding provides the key to authentic engagement, apart from which we are left with mere generational battles and fruitless back-and-forth. For example, McDowell and Wallace challenge us to recall the defining moments of our own generation while considering what has shaped the worldview of Gen Z to create paths for meaningful dialogue.
After familiarizing readers with common worldview assumptions of Gen Z, McDowell and Wallace provide practical steps for engagement, such as going beyond the content of Christianity to explain why we know this is true and why that matters.
The authors also provide guidance for leading youth, including worldview mission trips focused on leading youth to reach others, as well. The authors even include sample itineraries and other resources for those interested in such events.
In short, this is an excellent handbook for understanding, engaging, and leading those in today's youth generation. I wish this book had been available when I was a youth minister. As a father and Vice President of an apologetics organization focused on mentoring today's youth, I am nevertheless grateful to have it today!
Michelle5 Stars Out Of 5If you love the next generation, buy this book!July 1, 2019MichelleI was given this book for an honest review and loved it so much, I bought additional copies for our pastoral staff, youth minister, and for our church library.
In a recent conversation with a pastor, I learned of his struggles to reach the younger audience. They were having trouble understanding his sermons. In talking with a youth pastor, I learned of his struggles to compete with the "fun" (yet shallow) youth groups without compromising truth. In talking with parents, I discovered that most feel we have 'dropped the ball' and have not prepared our children to face a world that has dramatically changed since our own youth. This reality has resulted in a huge number of kids walking away from the church. "So the Next Generation Will Know" by Dr. Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace responds to this growing problem with unique and effective solutions solutions that can be implemented by parent, educator, pastor, or friend. The solution is biblical, relational, and tacticala must read, a must implement.
McDowell and Wallace are both exceptionally qualified, each having distinct backgrounds, education, and experience that lend to the depth and workability of their methods. At first, having their names in parentheses was distracting, but I came to enjoy it because it emphasized their two perspectives and helped me realize that their ideas could be shaped to fit any teen mentor's background and gifting. I enjoyed the side notes, too. Just taking one of these suggestions for a test drive will produce results!
There is so much I value in this book, but I won't rewrite the book here. I will mention a few things I loved. One, they point out specific similarities of this generation, yet allow for a person's uniqueness while providing ways to relate to them. Understanding how this generation thinks, acts, and learns is key. McDowell and Warner provide many sound examples. I appreciate their mention of loneliness as one of the things this generation deals with in great measure. Youth depression and suicides are on the rise, which is troubling and heartbreaking! Yet there is hope. With a strategy as this book suggests, along with our willingness and prayer, and most importantly, efforts driven by and covered in the immeasurable grace of a loving and powerful God, that horrible trajectory can change.
The second thing I liked about the book was their communication methods. Unlike Bible times where people learned mostly by hearing, and unlike my generation who learned much by reading, Generation Z are visual learners. We need to know how to speak their language to communicate the truth effectively. Not only that, but we need to equip our youth and "train them in the way they should go," not just teach them. A quote from this book stood out to me. "Here is a stark reality: if we do not consciously equip young Christians with a biblical worldview, they will unconsciously absorb the ideas of today's culture." One way to equip is McDowell's and Wallace's two whys for every what approach. What do we as Christian believe, why do we believe it what evidence do we have that it is true, and why does it matter to our youth? I plan on implementing this into my Bible study groups, too.
The third thing I enjoyed was the authors' perspectives on how to train, inspire, and motivate our youth. Apathy is a growing problem, and McDowell and Wallace provide some great solutions that include theology, apologetics, and a challenge to 'deploy.' Being trained and challenged in this way, youth are not bored, they are motivated. Seeing Christian values (and their training) in action makes faith come to life, helps build confidence in the God we serve, and helps them know that they can make a difference. The only thing I wish the authors would have included is more suggestions for introverted kids who might put their learning into action in other areas perhaps areas centered on a passion they have such as art, photography, or music and then add how they could use those to let Christ's light and truth shine in the world.
Fourth, McDowell and Wallace offer ways to engage our youth by incorporating movies, current events, and by using other creative approaches. Many helpful resources are provided, as is a very important encouragement; "If you love this generation, simply begin with one or two strategies, and then keep going." If we wait until we know all there is to know, we will never begin. Please DO begin by investing in this book. Our next generation needs it, they need us, and they need to come to know, love, and depend upon our awesome, merciful God.