's for people who Well written and easy to follow. The author does a fine job of explaining the gospel from different views and how it applies to every day life. As many others have mentioned, it is humorous and also relays a serious message at the same time. already know the word but are looking for meaningful experience in a Christian way of life. It lifts up nothing more than Jesus Christ, and I love it. A book, More lost than found, it's totally out of place in this one.
I really wish this book was as great as it ought to have been. So if you read it, be wary: There's a lot of sifting to do to get the gold out of this stream, but it's certainly there.
More Lost than Found was an interesting read. In some ways it was a little difficult to get into, but that's because I'm not one to read a whole lot of self help books anymore. I have 4 years of Bible College to blame for that one. The overriding theme of this book was filled with helpful information in relation to my generation and how they respond to Christianity now days. It helped me understand why I've had so many conversations with friends about how they don't see the need to go to church, spend time with God, and not do certain things. The author makes a few statements that do affirm the fact that many of our young adults sitting in the pews each Sunday are actually more lost than they are found. And even more are leaving the church they have spent so much of their life in. He brings clarity as well as direction in how to encourage and lead them in the right direction. If you find yourself wondering why there are such a smaller amount of young adults in your church, this book might help give you some insight. The author does explain that it's not always the church's fault that they have left. Rather, they are being strongly influenced by the world we live in. I would encourage you to read this book!
"My father asserted with bravado to the mostly vacant room that his younger boy's name was now written in the Lamb's Book of Life, as if he had written it himself."
In the beginning of the Prologue I felt it was not written very clear like the above passage. I feel the author has a huge important amount of information about the moment he felt his faith was lost but he just can't express it so that the reader feels the importance. The first few pages are not easy to follow; they are as one of my friends used to call them, "Clear as mud."
This book has a great topic but the author could use help getting his point across. It has it's moments that make you take a second look at your faith and go hmmmn. So it is worth the read.
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This book is geared towards young people and parents of young people. Teenagers are fighting an uphill battle in the world in which they live, and this book is an attempt to guide them through the pitfalls of life. This book is not exactly well-written because it is written as a conversation, not as an informative document. Jared Herd, the author, over-simplifies many times about things that could use more explanation. It is my opinion that if you are going to undertake the task of writing an advice book for teenagers, you cannot get caught up in trying to speak their language in your writing. This book would have carried more weight with me as a reader had it been less concerned with sounding "teenage" and more concerned with a direct point of emphasis. The teenager that reads this book is not going to be challenged any further than skin deep and I was slightly disappointed in the fact that it did not strive to push deeper.
FINALLY a book is written that honestly engages an audience that has been criticized, target-marketed, and given up for dead for so long. More Lost than Found is for the 18-30 crowd that have lost their faith in the institutional church. AND it is written with compassion and understanding! This book walks through a series of steps as any understanding counselor would. First he recognizes and acknowledges the feelings of the reader (which is so needed for people like us, who have been immediately shot down at any sort of question whatsoever). He does talk of the sins of the current church, and how her people can cause great harm and separation (to pretend it doesn't exist would be sinful itself). What is so wonderful is that the author, Jared Herd, has walked through the exact same valley of doubt, which is so refreshing. He then moves on to talk of our need for history and being wanted and having purpose, but living in an age of abandonment and separation, we get none of those needs met, leaving multitudinous feelings of disconnect and fragmentation. He then brings us back to the foundations of our original faith, suggesting that this part of the "house" is what we must not abandon. In no way does Jared say to his audience, "Hey, stop going to church, it's outdated and wrong!" Instead, as I said, he acknowledges the wrong, but instead suggests that we should differentiate between the church's convictions and opinions (as well as our own). After all, "Our faith story is connected to a long and broken mess of God's people".
I was fairly disappointed when I read some of the other reviews on this book. I have to believe they were written by leaders of the church that just want to reel that target audience back into their fold (which is totally understandable). But to be offended by this book in any way is just silly to me. It's just another example of why I personally have a difficult time getting along with the judgmental rigidity many Christians today have and force on others. This book jives quite well with the Bible, and embraces the outsiders that desire the spirituality of our faith, are pushed out by its people's ridiculous standards of living (hmmm sound familiar?). What is so terrible about this? The main fear seems that it will encourage this group to continue in their repulsion of the institutional church. This fear of thinking is so toxic and detrimental to the church, in my humble opinion. Perhaps these reviewers did not read the last chapter of the book? Herd writes:
"In the process of pursuing a new way of understanding our faith, we cannot forsake our history. We belong to an ancient tradition, the sons and daughters of the sons and daughters who built their lives on the message of Jesus. If we are not careful, we can tear down the old. In the process, we can forsake the voices of mentors, leaders, churches, and thinkers who remind us that we are a part of something that expands beyond our lifetime."
Yes, this totally sounds like he is trying to encourage us out of the church. We need to be careful with this one; he might start a new religion and steal all of our 20-somethings away to offer up sacrificial lattes to Lord Buddha in togas. Ridiculous. Any lost child needs understanding and guidance. To smack his hands for asking questions and forcing him to do things he doesn't understand does not solve the problem. So where is this missing demographic of young people? Perhaps they're at Herd's church_ http://www.rockharbor.org/about/who-is-rockharbor/
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