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“I vaguely remember finding Jesus when I was a child, but I vividly recall losing him.”
Jared Herd grew up the son of a preacher, baptized in religion before he was ever baptized in church. As a child, his parents went through a painful and public divorce, and Jesus became a distant memory, like an artifact of childhood that gets put away and forgotten.
Eventually Jared broke a promise he made to himself and ...
“I vaguely remember finding Jesus when I was a child, but I vividly recall losing him.”
Jared Herd grew up the son of a preacher, baptized in religion before he was ever baptized in church. As a child, his parents went through a painful and public divorce, and Jesus became a distant memory, like an artifact of childhood that gets put away and forgotten.
Eventually Jared broke a promise he made to himself and walked back into church. He realized the problem wasn’t God—it was how he had been told to think about God.
Like Jared, teenagers and young adults are leaving the church in astonishing numbers. Something is obviously wrong. Is the problem Jesus? Or is the problem how we have been told to think about Jesus?
Perhaps you’ve always wondered how music, movies, friends, or anything on the outside of Christianity could relate to your life inside of it. Perhaps something in your life keeps you from believing you would ever fit in as a believer. Maybe you were always told what to become, but no one tried to understand how you became who you are.
In More Lost Than Found, Jared Herd comes alongside anyone who has ever struggled with faith to reengage them in the truth they long to hear. If you have ever felt you didn’t fit at church or had questions about God, maybe it’s time to give your faith another chance. God wants to find you where you are.
In More Lost Than Found Jared Herd writes with both honesty and hope as he shares his journey and welcomes us all to re-examine true faith in the midst of a fragmented culture. Like he speaks, Jared crafts More Lost Than Found with humor and grace as he seeks to repair pathways once broken and ushers a new generation into the wonder and mystery of the Gospel. ?Louie Giglio, The Passion Movement, Passion City Church
Jared Herd is a powerful and free spirit, ruled by truth and grace. He is a voice that comes to us every so often, reminding our mind and soul which direction to amicably go—closer to God. Not only am I grateful to have his writings, I am even more astounded to have him as a friend. Let us all find what we seek. ?Matt Schulze, actor, leading roles in Fast and Furious, The Transporter, and many more
Jared Herd belies our usual assumption that to be “wise” one must be “old.” Here is a young guy who teems with shrewd discernment. He is a vigorous boundary-crosser, moving readily back and forth between old and new, secular and sacred, “pop” and serious, innovation and tradition. In the midst of it, he senses a purpose other than his own and a calling out beyond self. Readers are invited to such boundary-crossing toward a future where faith matters enormously. ?Walter Brueggemann- world renowned theologian, Columbia Theological Seminary
In More Lost than Found, Jared Herd presents us the Christian faith in a way that is engaging, intellectual, and disarming. He moves between popular culture and his own biblical convictions with a humble and honest voice, while pulling his audience back to a God they've grown weary of. As someone who has worked for over 50 years in the entertainment industry, I can tell you how rare it is to find someone who can speak to the next generation. Jared Herd is one of those voices. I'm grateful for his work and his friendship.
?Michael Jay Solomon, founder, Solomon Entertainment, former president of Warner Bros International Television
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Welcome to planet Earth. It is located 93 million miles from this ball of energy we call the sun. It is one of nine planets. At least that was the count when I was in fourth grade. Apparently it is getting warmer.
The other day I was in an airport, and as I was coming off the escalator, there was a limousine driver holding a sign with "Mr. Jones" written on it. I thought about how nice that would be as I trudged through the terminal on my way to rent a car. After a ridiculously long wait in line and the attendant's incredible amount of tapping on the Hertz keyboard, I made my way to the cheapest rental they had—a foreign car with a three-stroke engine, a glorified lawn mower. If this car was short on amenities, it had less by way of reliability. Somehow, it blew a tire as I was driving it through Atlanta at one o'clock in the morning.
I found myself stranded in an unfamiliar part of town, so I was quite nervous as I waited for a tow truck. As I stood there debating whether to hide in my trunk, I thought about how nice it would have been to tell the limo driver I was Mr. Jones. He wouldn't have known. He surely hadn't met the guy before. I wondered all of this, of course, because I am sure Mr. Jones had a much different welcome to Atlanta than I did. He was probably asleep in a Hilton while I wandered a freeway looking for fragments of a tire.
Perhaps there was a time when people came into the world and a limo was waiting. They had parents who loved them and each other, a place that felt like home, and eventually a sense that they mattered and belonged. Most of us didn't arrive here that way. Maybe babies are smarter than we think. Maybe they cry because they realize they are now here and this life isn't going to be a limo ride on the way to the Hilton. More often than not, it is going to feel more like a Thunderdome journey on a six-lane freeway in a sardine-can sedan.
Preschool was the first traumatic experience of my life I can distinctly remember. My mom and I had a daily ritual. She would pull up at the preschool to drop me off, and I would cry as soon as I saw the building. When the door opened to exit the car, instead of getting out of it, I climbed into the backseat and kicked anyone who tried to make me leave the car. Every day like clockwork. School led to tears, and tears led to kicking.
We make some assumptions about how life works and what we are going to have to do to make it through. One of my earliest assumptions was that home was safe and anyplace that didn't involve my mom wasn't. As we grow up, we make more assumptions about life. Some of them are right—many of them are probably wrong—but they impact our way of viewing the world that we live in and how we think about it. As we get older, we keep doing this. The incoming freshman has a panic attack the first day of ninth grade based on assumptions. The sixteen-year-old studies hours on end with the assumption that he can control his own future. There are things we are all afraid of, mostly based on assumptions. Dating. Tests. The future. Those fears aren't by chance. They all come from assumptions.
An Incomplete History of Rap Music
As you read this, there is a tribe somewhere in a foreign land wearing tribal gear, performing a tribal ritual to appeal to tribal gods. They have no computers or cell phones. I feel it's important to tell you that I do not write that as a scholar, a world traveler, or an imperialist, but rather as someone who has seen a few episodes on the Discovery Channel. That tribe knows nothing about your life, and you likely know nothing about theirs. While all of us have our own culture, ultimately where and when we live determines how we see and look at the world. (For example, my view of life while living in America in the twenty-first century is much different from what someone would have thought about life living in Omaha in 1909—or in London in 1509. We would probably have different opinions on everything.)
It would be fascinating to get an inside look at that tribal culture. Why do they sing the songs they do? Why do they dress the way they do? Has anyone in that culture ever questioned the way things are? If they wore a pair of blue jeans would they find them to be more comfortable than loincloths? Would this spark a denim revolution and upset the tribal gods?
Chances are, no one there has ever thought about it. It's just the way things are. In the same way, we don't really think about our culture that we live in as being that fascinating; it's just the way things are. But what if we could step back and ask some questions about it?
Why do we do what we do?
How does what we do impact what we think?
What does what we do say about how we think about spiritual things?
Are we confined by the same kind of old world trepidation as the distant tribe? People who follow Jesus (or any faith for that matter) in our culture are traditionally nervous when it comes to their broader culture. In our time and place, from the movies to the music to the Internet to high school campuses, if it stinks of anything contrary to our beliefs, if it has a negative label, then we should leave it alone. I even heard a preacher say that Christians are in a culture war and we need to fight in it. The preacher's assumption is that anything outside the Christian culture has nothing to add to spiritual truth. In fact, it's a cancer to the truth.
The broader culture isn't just a wasteland of sin and debasement, and if we listen closely, we may hear it telling us something. If we are all "dropped here" and make assumptions about this world, then culture is our world's way of sharing those assumptions. Culture reflects the way things are. So everything that is happening in our culture is telling us something about what is going on. Rap music, for instance, tells us something about the world we live in. Rap music is fundamentally about power. And who is it that listens? Primarily those who don't have power.
It is hard to conceive of a powerful judge or senator rattling my windows at a stoplight. So with a song and a stereo we can feel a sense of control; we embrace the illusion that we have something we really don't possess. This is why the primary market for rap music isn't successful businesspeople. And yet, rap is a hugely popular genre, especially among young people. Why would a suburban, fairly wealthy, upper-class young man or woman want to try to identify with music about violence, sexual deviation, and growing up poor? Why did this music not even exist thirty years ago?
The church might say that rap music is a problem. But is the problem really that so many people seem to identify with it? Wouldn't a distant culture look at our contemporary moment and see this as odd too? What if a teenage guy who is blaring his rap music went to church at some point and realized that he identified more with the words of a rap song than he did with the words of a pastor? Did the pastor rail against of the content of the music and never ask questions about why it is so popular and has far more influence than he does?
Somewhere in the recent past, young men and women in our culture began to make some observations about our world, and they decided that things were unfair. Rap music is about more than musical taste—it is an anthem declaring to the rest of the world how a generation feels. Rap music, whether the pastor likes it or not, isn't just selling records. It is reflecting a worldview.
An Incomplete History of Adolescence
If there had been rap music in Omaha in 1909, I don't think it would have had much of an audience. So why do so many now seem so angry? People have obviously always gotten angry. Any basic reading of the Bible tells us that. But when you look at our culture from the outside, say, if those people in Omaha then saw us now, what is normal to us would be evidence to them that something is wrong. If culture reflects the way things are, then couldn't we look at American culture, say, fifty years ago, and draw some assumptions about the way things were then? Fifty years ago, a mom and her daughter would probably dress in similar clothes. They would probably listen to very similar music. They would watch the same movies. They would, for the most part, have the same vocabulary.
You have probably noticed that now there are huge differences between your interests and your parents' interests. You don't listen to the same music. You don't wear the same clothes. Mom's jeans and a fanny pack aren't going to score many invitations to dinner. You don't even use a lot of the same words. Your parents might need a translator to understand a conversation between you and your friends. You may share a house, but you don't share much else. We don't ask a lot of questions about this. But the way things are isn't indicative of the way things were. Your America and mine is much different from our parents' America.
Perhaps we can chalk it up to the fact that things are always changing. But what if our parents turned their clocks back fifty years from their childhood? Interestingly, things weren't that much different between their parents and them. Your great-grandparents had a lot in common with your grandparents when they were in high school. The further back you go in this time line, the smaller the gap of similar experience gets.
For thousands of years, there wasn't much separation between teenage culture and everyone else in society. Actually, there wasn't really a "teenage culture" at all. People basically went from childhood to adulthood, and this thing we call "adolescence" didn't even exist. But then life spans started getting longer, and the differences between kids and parents started widening. Eventually the kids couldn't relate to the parents anymore, and youth culture was born. It is tempting to blame technology, that its rapid advances created separation, but was that really the cause? When cavemen invented the wheel, did this lead to a cave-teen rebellion? Something tells me this isn't about cell phones, Google, and iTunes. Something about the fabric of life is different.
Thousands of years ago, hundreds of years ago even, the goal of parents and grandparents was to pass along their culture to the children. Every culture had its story and worldview—who they were, why they mattered, and what the purpose of life was. The goal between generations was to transmit and preserve these values. They knew something that we probably believe but don't really experience: understanding the way things were helps us create the way things are.
Children born hundreds of years ago were born into a story, and parents made sure their children knew that story and felt a part of it. So, going to visit your grandparents was an important experience because it taught you not just who they were, it taught you about who you were too. In the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century, all of this began to change. Culture no longer centered on getting passed down; it became about advancement in all forms—looking forward instead of looking back.
In the history books, the Industrial Revolution acts as the big marker in our cultural time line. By around 1850, Britain, America, and other industrialized countries were in full swing making locomotives, sewing machines, tanks, and funny hats. The focus shifted from transmitting culture to building railroads, textiles, steamboats, and more funny hats. To fuel the production, the population in cities exploded so that people could be close to the machines that made more machines.
Before then, there was no need to live so close to other people. On the surface, it all seemed great. Everything got faster while everyone got richer. In the meantime, because people were desperate to build and grow and make more, children were no longer at peace on the farm with the family, learning about the way things were so they could understand who they were. Instead, they went to work. They were building a new way of life in these strange centers of civilization called cities.
Interestingly, even at this point in our cultural time line, the word adolescent didn't exist. There was still the age-old transition from childhood to adulthood. Even in the nineteenth century, by age sixteen or seventeen, you had adult responsibilities and didn't spend your nights journaling in rage because somebody made fun of you at school and you didn't have a date to the prom. But soon after, seemingly all of a sudden, the sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds started to change. They didn't seem to make the transition to adulthood as smoothly as their predecessors.
Even more interesting, G. Stanley Hall, a psychologist, wrote a book in 1904 titled Adolescence. Hall noticed this problem and said there seems to be a third stage to life, between childhood and adulthood. Thus, teenage culture as we know it was born. The first rap song hadn't been written, but the seeds of change were there.
This was about a two-year process; then adolescents would become adults. But as time went on, there was no slowing down the progress of civilization, and there was no slowing down the damage that was being done to children either. There was no longer a story to be a part of. For children, the world became just a place to survive and feed the machine. The frustration of adolescence was the result. As America grew, the role of adolescence grew too. America suddenly had a lot of young men and women who didn't really know what to do with themselves.
By the 1960s, America couldn't go back on itself. Adolescence was a new constant in our culture. From one perspective, things were pretty good—prosperity and progress were the ultimate values, and there was plenty to go around. But people between ages thirteen and twenty-one didn't seem to like it. They started singing songs and holding rallies all in the name of frustration. They forged their own society, which was "anti" society. They were the children of industry and advancement, and they all shared the same sentiment—it didn't work for them. At the same time, divorces became more frequent. Family life was no longer nuclear with a mother, father, and siblings. "Family" became anyone your age who felt like you did. How did building some railroads lead to all of this?
When people don't feel like they belong anywhere, they find somewhere to belong. Adolescence became about finding somewhere to belong. Until youth felt like they belonged or mattered, they just stayed in adolescence, a transitory state of figuring things out.
A Brave New World?
If you fast-forward to today, adolescence is longer than it has ever been. People graduate from college and don't really know where they belong. Our parents still pay our cell phone bills while we struggle to make sense of it all. Humankind has always struggled with purpose, but never has there been a time such as this in which the world leaves an entire demographic on its own to make sense of it all.
Our world still revolves around progress. More than ever. And as long as it does, this problem isn't going away. Think about your own family. You probably feel a deeper sense of connectedness to your friends than your parents. You probably feel like your parents help provide certain things for you, but they aren't helping you figure out where you belong here and what really matters. The reason you are closer to your friends is that they give you a sense that you do matter and you do belong. This is true for young men and women across the board, whether they come from Christian homes, divorced homes, or atheist homes.
The gallery of people from Omaha in 1909 might think we're odd. But we don't. We just assume this is the way it is, but it shouldn't be this way.
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Chapter 1 Tylenol and Duct Tape 1
Lost in Translation
Chapter 2 Shattering the Fishbowl 19
The Sacred Secular
Chapter 3 Painting over the Mona Lisa 37
Drip Art Versus Sketch Art
Chapter 4 The Mystery of Misery 53
Chapter 5 How to Write a Love Song 67
Why God Gave You an Imagination
Chapter 6 Who Stole Jesus? 83
The Popular Savior and the Unpopular Church
Chapter 7 Christian Soup for the Chicken Soul 97
The Deepest Truth in the Darkest Moment
Chapter 8 Body Language 111
Designer Jeans, Tattoos, and Temples
Chapter 9 The Broken Compass 125
Biting the Apple Again
Chapter 10 Having Faith in Faith 141
Why Myth Is Not a Four-Letter Word
Chapter 11 The Destination of Renovation 159
Going Back to Go Forward
Discussion Questions 181
About the Author 189
Posted March 26, 2012
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More Lost than Found by Jared Herd was afascinating book describing the faith dilemma of his generation. Written to the 20-Somethings, Herd explores their disappointment in the institution of the church. After facing his own faith crisis and rediscovering Christ, he invites others to join him on his journey. Herd describes his idea of Christianity as “drip art” opposed to sketch art. Whereas sketch art is clean and precise, drip art in messy. As human beings we are messy. Life is messy, and Jesus doesn’t mind if we are a mess.
I truly enjoyed this book. As a forty-something, much of what he wrote about was foreign to me. Herd shined a light on a unique group of people, enlightening his readers into their worldview especially as it relates to faith. In this process, he described their opinion of my generation. Some of his observations of were spot on. I often paused for self-reflection, especially on negative comments, praying to see if that applied to me.
Although at times he lost me, as this book is written for a younger generation, I gleaned a great deal of knowledge. His target audience, much younger than me, would find encouragement in their spiritual life. He does a good job of using common events to make his words relevant. Herd observes that his generation is drawn to spirituality in media, opposed to the church. He encourages His readers to reinvestigate Jesus, the true Jesus to see his significant relevance in their lives. In chapter 7 he states “There is a message that validates our pain and doesn’t suffocate it with superficial certainty. As followers of Jesus, our journey is to walk between the optimism of Proverbs and pessimism of Ecclesiastes. We cling to hope, but we acknowledge reality.”
I recommend this book for young adults, especially if they have had a crisis of faith. I also recommend it to parents of this generation. It has given me some additional insight into my own children’s faith. I review this book for booksneeze and was not compensated for my opinion.
Posted February 14, 2012
Jared Herd’s book More Lost Than Found presents the authors attempt to delve into issues of his past when he “found” Jesus at a young age, but then vividly recalls “losing” him later on. This churchy language of finding Jesus may sound goofy and seem debatable, but theological questions of what it means to be truly “saved” are not exactly the basis of Herd’s book. More like he questions why so many young people, raised within the church, are leaving and how one can lose something that should be as all encompassing and joy filled as salvation. Why, he seems to ask, would such a gift be rejected?
Herd attempts to examine the message of the Gospel as found in Christian tradition and the Bible and how that message is being shared or lost in our communication with young people growing up in modernity.
More Lost Than Found attempts to help young people in the midst of forming conclusions during a turbulent time in early life when questions, doubts, and analysis are a natural part of development. Herd is especially successful in offering aid to the young seeker, but not being pushy about a message, a glorious gift really, that does not need forced.
Posted November 1, 2011
My favourite thing about this book was its profound honesty. Herd did not shy away from tough questions and didn't pretend that he could offer simple solutions to the questions.
Written for those who don't fit the prototypical church mold, Herd talks about his journey in rejecting religion to finding his way back. The first chapter begins with the loss of faith and the last one is written about "going back to go forward". In between, Herd discusses a variety of things that shape Christianity, from movies and music to the church.
The book is well-suited for my generation; aimed at young adults "straying" from the church and wondering why they feel anti-religion. So, this book really spoke to me. Although I would have liked it to have a more firm outline and direction, I felt my questions being answered and things I didn't even know I felt being addressed. I wanted to highlight passages on almost every page.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone struggling with faith. Herd offers suggestions for why one might feel this way without condemning them and also offering real solutions.
Posted October 25, 2011
I agree with what the author wrote in some chapters, but in other chapters, I disagree with him, and in many areas, I find that the author was fuzzy and vague in his writings.
In chapter 1, the author said that "all of us understand and relate to Jesus through the lens of our experiences and our culture" and as a "paradox, but to stay the same, the gospel must always be changing."
I find this to be rather confusing, and even bothering on the heretical unless the author took the trouble to explain what does he try to convey.
I beg to differ. I would rather ask, must the gospel or more accurately, the timeless truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ be always changing? Or should it be more appropriate to say that the way the gospel is presented must always be changing to fit the context of our contemporary culture?
True, as the author said, that there are a lot of "unmitigated" factors, but we should be interpreting the contemporary culture through the lens of the timeless gospel of Jesus Christ but not the other way around. Otherwise, the way we look at Scripture would be more eisegetical rather than exegetical.
Nonetheless, I also find a lot of good stuffs from this book.
In chapter 2, for example, the author talked about the secular-sacred divide. He talked about how the church has turned into a country club. As he said:
"There is Christian everything. It is possible to be driving with your friends from a Christian school on your way to see a Christian movie while you listen to Christian radio and chew on Christian mints. That car probably has a fish on the back of it too. In our culture, Christian isn't a noun proclaiming the center of someone's identity or spiritual life. It is an adjective convincing us that something has been sanitized and is now safe to use."
In chapter 3, the author talked about the illusion-reality gap. For example, he said,
"You were told what to become, but no one tried to understand how you became who you are. Perhaps this is why you felt guilty for all the spilled paint in your story. You are a drip artist living in a sketch art world. It isn't that you no longer believe. It is just that you don't have the tools to make sense of the messy picture you made."
As the result, like the author said, we would rather "deny certain realities about our lives, and we embrace illusions because they are easier than confronting something difficult."
But that is not what God wants from us. He specializes in the impossible. He "allows things to be ugly. He doesn't work around reality-he works with it. Somehow he sees a way to redeem it and make it into something different than we imagined. And somehow he makes every painting beautiful in a unique way."
Posted October 21, 2011
I recently wrapped up Jared Herd's More Lost Than Found Written - Finding a Way Back to Faith a highly entertaining read written from the heart a man who shares his pain of balancing his love for Jesus, but his battle with the church. As a ex-Pastor's kid he saw the best and the worst of ministry and he shares the effects it had on his entire family. His dad's affair, which paved the way for his exit from ministry, jump started Jared on a spiritual journey of trying to understand how Jesus and His church are suppose to intertwine.
Every chapter focuses on a different perspective of God and his own personal expression of how we as man should worship and interact with God. In a culture where tons of young adults make the decision to bow out of church, Jared who left and then made the descesion to re-enter the doors of church, helps the reader see Christ in a new light. His heart is to see God experienced for who He really is.
In the book Jared makes us re-think the separation that has occurred from past gernations and how many are rethinking traditional christianity as well as pushing further away from organziged religion.
I highly enjoyed his view point on how church culture today has suffered to find it's place. He shares that the new prophets of our day are those with social justice roots along with musicians artists. In a culture where people pay to go see stories in theaters on a screen the Greatest Story of all time shared week after week on a normal Sunday morning struggles to find a audicnece.
If you want a great commentary on how one man found God and his journey in understanding where he fits in you should definitely check it out.
Posted October 6, 2011
More Lost Than Found, by Jared Herd, is a book about a person's journey back to faith intertwined with encouraging readers to come back to Christ despite their bad experience with the church. Important things to know: 1.) it's written with probably a high school audience in mind (tone of voice, words used, etc.), 2.) Several of his broad sweeping statements related to things like rap music, and information about other cultures, is not exactly the whole truth. For some reading, this may be okay, but for me, it was very distracting from the message of the book. One example that I for some reason felt offended by:
In Swahili, a language spoken in many tribes in Africa and in places like Kenya, they don't have a word for future. This idea that is common to you and me isn't shared there. The average life span isn't that long because they don't have adequate sanitation, health care, or even water. So they don't have a word for something they can't imagine (p. 75).
If he would have done his research, he would know that Swahili has a whole future tense, so to say the future isn't a word in their language because they can't imagine it is grossly inaccurate. Keep in mind, as well, that people who are agricultural (which many of them are) not only imagine the future but plan for the future. Indeed, they may have some different concepts of time, but they certainly imagine a future for themselves and their kids. And there are several places in Kenya that have high levels of health care, sanitation, and water. Indeed, some don't (which is what he was referring to, I'm guessing).
Anyway, yeah, maybe not a huge deal, but for me, it was distracting to the greater message. I so appreciate Herd's heart for reaching out to the disillusioned, and perhaps this book with serve its purpose with this population. For those disillusioned in my world, I don't think I would give them this book.
Thank you, Booksneeze, for giving me this free book in exchange for an honest review!
Posted October 5, 2011
Hey there, guys! I've just ordered a new book from booksneeze, called "More Lost Than Found" by Jared Herd. But before I get started, I need to say that I received this book for free from the Thomas Nelson publishing company and I am under no obligation to give this book a good review. So, anyway, on with the show! I honestly enjoyed "More Lost Than Found" by Jared Herd. It flowed nicely and didn't sound preachy- the way a lot of books like this can begin to sound after a while. But the thing that really got me hooked was the "Good isn't Good enough" motto. When I say that, what I mean is- a lot of people who populate the church pews assume that just because they're there warming the benches, they're good. They don't cuss, drink, steal, shoot up, hook up, or anything else bad, so they're good. Right? But that's not what God requires of us. No, He wants something deeper. God is not some suit that one can take on and take off as one wishes. He is not reserved for Sunday mornings only. No, God is a God that wants to walk with you; relate with you; sing, laugh, love, learn, live with you. And this book hones in on that- at least that's how I felt. God wants so much more for you then mediocrity, or what everyone else says is good enough. No, God has great things in mind for you- great plans and great love. Don't refuse it. Grasp it! Grab God and He won't let you go. He loves you. I promise.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 25, 2011
More Lost Than Found" is a book written by Jared Herd. This book helps the reader understand the reasoning behind why todays youth has abandoned the church. It was an interesting read, and it flowed nicely. It was not boring at all, and remained informative at every turn of the page. It is a good book to read if you are struggling with your faith or are going through hard times and asking yourself "why am I having to deal with this and what am I going to do."
The author writes in a way that is not judgemental but gets the point across to the reader. I read this book rather quickly, it is not a long drawn out book. It is to the point and keeps the readers attention.
Posted September 16, 2011
The author writes about finding your way to God even if it is outside of organized religion and the church. He talks about how the youth of today aren't or shouldn't write off Jesus just because they write off the church. He explains that the church is NOT Jesus, so throwing out a bad church, shouldn't also equal throwing out Jesus.
The author also focuses on how church expects too much instant perfection from Christians and how new believers should be accepted with their sins and allowed to slowly shed those sins, instead of instantly stop living in sin. His example is a girl who sleeps around. He tells us maybe she should be allowed to continue to sleep around, as long as she works on some aspect of her life and make that part better. As long as she wants to change something, she should be accepted. She can always work on the sleeping around someday in the future, when she's ready to give that up.
I don't know his views but the author almost sounds like a Universalist or at least someone who really wants to make it as easy as possible for others to become Christians. He tries to tell the reader, it's okay to be disillusioned by church, just keep Jesus! Your angry feelings are okay. Your sins are okay. You can still love Jesus and Jesus will still love you.
The author spends a lot of time explaining that church WITHOUT culture doesn't seem to work and how church/Christian life needs to incorportate culture, not seperate from it. In other words, he seems to imply Christian music, Christian school, Christian books etc are put together to form a seperate Christian only society and when Christians try to come back into real life jobs/society, they are lost. They have seperated themselves from reality and now are unable to cope with an Unchristian culture. He also explains that Christians who seperate from non-Christian culture, lose appreciation for culture. He spends time telling us the value of culture and what it says about how we are raising our families. Culture and its elements (such as rap music) reflects human happiness/unhappiness, dissatisfaction, anger, etc.
I'm not sure what to make of this book. I enjoyed it and it is thought-provoking and certainly not "mainstream" Christianity. It is challenging those mainstream beliefs and mainstream Christian lifestyle. Sadly, this book also seemed very fragmented and skipped all over the place with different ideas. The book didn't seem to make a coherent story. Although it had some VERY good points, I felt lost by the end of it and like I had to re-read it to try to make sense of it. I never did get the "jist" of what he was trying to convey. Or maybe this book just doesn't make sense by the end. I like the book for the good points it has and how it make me think, but I would guess most people will give it 3-4 stars.
I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for this review but I did really give my honest opinion
Posted September 13, 2011
More Lost Than Found is about next generation Christians drifting away from organized religion and church in search of a deeper spiritual connection with God, because they can't relate to the answers or lack of answers they find in the church. The idea is not that they leave Jesus, but they leave the church in search of Jesus only or a deeper connection to Jesus without all the religion and disappointment with the human institution of the church.
As I began reading this book, I was instantly hooked and thought this was going to be along the lines of many similar books: "Why Men Hate Going to Church by Murrow" "Finding Organic Church by Frank Viola" "House Church by Atkerson", "So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore by Jacobsen" and "If the Church Were Christian by Gulley". These books share the idea: "18-30 year olds are not finding Jesus and God in rigid judgmental churches, so they leave to find a personal experience with Jesus and God." Being a super devoted 27-year-old Christian girl, I relate to all my fellow 18-30 Christians who learn more at home in one day than from months of sermons. To us, church does not even come close to meeting our spiritual needs. It is too basic, too childish, and so unchallenging.
The best part of this book was when the author went into how adolescent rebellion was created when adults became fixated on money and careers and they forgot about their children. These parts of this book are very deep and very accurate from my own youth perspective. This book also goes into how teenage rebellion (as expressed in angry rap, tattoos, piercings) are the result of this anger that kids have towards their parents because there is no family connections and there are so many broken families now. The author also explains how historically, kids and parents were very much alike and shared many common interests - prior to the Industrial Revolution that made women work and family lose its place of importance.
So this book began fantastic and if it had just been Chapters 1-7, I would have given it 5 stars! I couldn't put it down for much of the book... until Chapter 8. From Chapter 8-11, the entire book lost its purpose. It was almost as if these chapters didn't even belong to the same book. Or the author completely forgot what the entire point of the book was. Especially chapter 9-11 were disjointed, out of place and served no purpose in light of the previous fantastic focused chapters. These last chapters were spacey and gave no insights or benefit. The ending completely died. Maybe the author had to meet a publishing deadline and just banged out some fluff, because the ending chapter had ZERO to do with the first 1-8 chapters! It was the weirdest ending to any book I've ever read.
But because the first chapters were excellent, I would still recommend reading this book. Just skip the last chapters. :) I give this book 3 stars because there should have been an ending that made sense and wrapped up the ideas in the previous good chapters.
My disclaimer - I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson free of charge but I always give honest reviews. I want you to be able to choos the best book based on stars because I know you have limited time and energy to read. I would not recommend this book to you and your friends