More Lost Than Found By Jared Herd

Posted: October 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Title: More Lost Than Found: Finding A Way Back To Faith

Author: Jared Herd

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Year: 2011

 

A person only has to walk into a church on a Sunday to see one of the churches biggest problems. There are lost generations. This problem of little to no young adults can be seen across the Christian church, across the world. The mainline church is a sea of grey.

So where have all the young people gone? How do we attract young people to the church? Those questions are often asked by those who are in the church. While someone may have attended church faithfully as a child, they seem to now be gone from the pews once they become an adult, what happened?

Jared Herd describes himself as a “youth expert”. He attempts to look into this problem which he describes as “more lost than found”. Herd has a huge task ahead of him. He doesn’t take the traditional route of looking at what can we do, but instead also looks at what the church has done wrong over the years.

One main item that Herd highlights is that the church has moved away from focusing on the works of Christ and instead has focused on laws and doctrine over the years. This has contributed to this lost generation in the church.

Herd does not offer answers as to this is what you must do to get the youth in the church. Instead Herd writes a book directed at those who have left the church, the lost but seeking. The book is also directed at those who are involved in youth ministry. In my mind it is more of a resource to give to those who are beginning to slip away.

Overall, Herd writes in an easy to understand way, and the book was interesting. I found myself agreeing to many of the points he has made. I must stress however, the book doesn’t offer answers as to how to get youth into the church, but instead offers a different way to thinking about how we minister to those outside of the church, how do we minister to the lost

 

I would rate this book at a 4/5. It is an excellent read, and something i know that I will find myself offering to others to read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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