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Sure to interest even the secularists who study this group, The Millennials is based on 1200 interviews with its namesakes that aim to better understand them personally, professionally, and spiritually. Chapters report intriguing how-and-why findings on family matters (they are closer-knit than previous generations), their desire for diversity (consider the wave of mixed race and ethnic adoptions), Millennials and the new workplace, their attitude toward money, the media, the environment, and perhaps most tellingly, religion.
The authors close with a thoughtful response to how the church can engage and minister to what is now in fact the largest generation in America’s history.
Chapter 1 Meet the Millennials 1
Chapter 2 A Millennial's Perspective 27
Chapter 3 It's a Family Affair 51
Chapter 4 The New Normal of Openness and Diversity 77
Chapter 5 Motivating the Millennials 101
Chapter 6 The New Workplace 125
Chapter 7 The Mediating Generation 151
Chapter 8 The Millennials and Media 177
Chapter 9 The Millennials and Money 203
Chapter 10 Their Strange Religious World 227
Chapter 11 The Church Responds to the Millennials 253
Postscript: Here Come the Millennials! 279
Posted January 19, 2011
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In this book authors Thom S. Rainer & Jess Rainer share the information gained from the research they have done on the millennial generation. Those involved in this research include those born between the years 1980--2000. This group numbers 78 million and is larger than the baby boomer generation. The authors interviewed 1200 older "millennials" from across the nation.
Being close to this generation in age myself, I found it interesting to learn this generation's thoughts and opinions on various subjects including money, family, the environment, religion, and work. One thing that really sticks out from this book about this generation is the importance placed on family and relationships. Relationships are key to the members of this generation. I was a bit surprised to hear just how low of a percentage of members of this generation are Christians. The book closes with an overview, tying all the information together as well as asking the question how can the church use this information to reach those in this generation.
I enjoyed listening to the narrator, Ray Porter. He was easy to hear and made the book enjoyable for the listener. I didn't have any problems with this recording.