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Mr. Kinnaman has a wake up call for contemporary Christianity. There really is a call to action -- but it's not the one that the politically connected of conservative Christianity has been screaming for so long. It is a call to become... more like Christ (*GASP*).
The author has some very solid research to back up his position as well. Through extensive interviews with younger Christians and outsiders of the post-Baby Boomer generations, he makes a very solid position that these young people see Christianity acting in some very un-Christlike ways. And it's turning them away from Christ in droves.
He then proceeds to make an excellent case based upon this research that there are some very appropriate and Christian things that contemporary Christianity can (and in my personal opinion, should) to better reflect faith in Christ to these outsiders
Narration and production are as I have always had from audible -- impeccable.
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I appreciated the authors balanced views when it came to discussing the issues that "outsiders" have with Christians. He's a well meaning fellow with some good insights. I feel that what he has to say is mostly helpful, but perhaps overdone. The chapter titles give the outline of the book. I didn't find myself overly challenged as I hold most of the views of the "outsiders" (a term I don't particularly like, but I understand the use). The author is definitely conservative... I lean more "liberal" than he does if we are using labels (which I also don't like). So I get were he's coming from, I've been there. The dialogue is a good one. I'm interests to see how the research has changed since it's a decade since these studies took place.
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Very interesting exposé of how Christians are viewed by young Americans who aren't "in the club". The book then goes on to examine where this image has come from and suggest how we can break down barriers which have grown up.
As a Brit, I recognised a lot of the thoughts and trends in my own culture too.
My one complaint is that, like many audiobooks, the divisions on the recording bear no relation to the chapters in the book, making it tricky to navigate. Is it really so difficult for production companies to make 1 chapter = 1 track?