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Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do to Stop It based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
In the front of this book are pictures of beautiful churches in England that have been transformed. They show a church in the United Kingdom turned into a rock climbing center, one in England turned into a night club, one a restaurant and still another a theater. The authors talk about a shift in society, "The decline of the Church has followed the plummeting spirituality of a nation that has lost its roots-its foundation. England, the country that was once a cornerstone of western Christianity, is now, by and large, a wasteland of lost souls, where the word "God" has many different definitions, with so few these days who would even think of "God" as the Creator God of the bible..Few people are aware that the same epidemic that has hit England has reach our own shores, spreading like an unstoppable virus." Got your attention? It did mine. Definition of "Epidemic- 1. A disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously. 2. Anything which takes possession of the minds of people as an epidemic does of their bodies; as, an epidemic of terror. The authors describe this "Epidemic" and show the results of surveys done that brought them to this conclusion. It's an eye opener. There wasn't ONE major thing that was happening that would point to something they could fix but it did give areas to concentrate on. At the end of this book is a resource you can use to help spread the love and joy of Christ and get people back in relationship with God or start in that directions anyway. Welcome to the Revolution, is the hope. What does it look like? The authors give resources to Parents and what they can do to help their children have a relationship with god and keep it. There is also a guide to help Christian Educators, Youth Pastor, and finally the Pastor, At the end are pictures of churches throughout American that have been abandoned and being used as something else just like in England. One church used as a Historical Society, a business office, a Musical Instrument store, a Martial Arts College, and a Town Hall. The virus has hit American shores. This book gives hope, areas we can work on, and practical ways we can stop this epidemic. We are all the body of Christ called to define the word and life it. I'm glad I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Finding Hope Through Fiction www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Steer clear of this book: it is not the statistical resource it claims to be. It is, instead, a badly-disguised rallying cry for fundamentalist young earth creationism. Its approach to statistics is half-baked: it presents statistical evidence that young people are leaving the church and that Sunday school isn't helping, but then abandons statistics when it comes time to diagnose and treat the underlying problem. The real problem, this book arbitrarily concludes, is evolution. And the solution is to make sure your church tolerates no open-mindedness to evolutionary science. There are some very good books out there about building strong churches and strong Christian families that help young Christians stay the course--this is not one of them. This book is about evolution, not your church or your family.