• by David Kinnaman
  • Narrated by Lloyd James
  • 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. 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.


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A Wake Up Call to the Christian Right

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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- Andrew

Important data, worth reading despite annoyances

The authors present important polling data that can help Christians see our faults and misconceptions that apparently are much more obvious to those around us. The data and the interpretation of the data is the best gift the authors can offer, since they are expert pollsters. The data is especially helpful in better understanding the perceptions of younger Americans, who are the focus of the book.
The rub is that the authors tend to extend their comments and opinions beyond their expertise and take on the role of preacher and theologian as well as analyst. They will strike some as relentless in criticisms and perhaps even judgmental in their assertions, though they seem to be good and genuine men who clearly do not want to do this, since that's essentially what they're trying to correct in others. What might also help is a greater awareness of their own cultural and political biases and personal preferences--they seem like they might be a lot more like the urban hipster, left-leaning, latte-sipping Starbucks crowd, for example, than the rural, conservative National Rifle Association crowd. And the book could probably be a third of its length with more concise writing and a better sense of how much negative information people can absorb in one book.
Despite those annoyances, the book remains an important and valuable read in that it addresses head-on, and with solid data to back up its contentions, serious flaws in the modern Church that have the potential to affect many individual lives for now and eternity.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-15-2009
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com