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The Last Christian Generation documents the urgency of the crisis but also provides a fresh revelation of the heart of God through seven lifelong responses of a true follower of Christ. Josh makes a ground-breaking case for the need to move our ministries from program-driven to process-driven. It is essential that we reintroduce the real and relevant Christ to our young pe The Last Christian Generation documents the urgency of the crisis but also provides a fresh revelation of the heart of God through seven lifelong responses of a true follower of Christ. Josh makes a ground-breaking case for the need to move our ministries from program-driven to process-driven. It is essential that we reintroduce the real and relevant Christ to our young people. Only then might we hope to ignite the spiritual revolution necessary to reclaim this and future generations for Christ.


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The Last Christian Generation documents the urgency of the crisis but also provides a fresh revelation of the heart of God through seven lifelong responses of a true follower of Christ. Josh makes a ground-breaking case for the need to move our ministries from program-driven to process-driven. It is essential that we reintroduce the real and relevant Christ to our young pe The Last Christian Generation documents the urgency of the crisis but also provides a fresh revelation of the heart of God through seven lifelong responses of a true follower of Christ. Josh makes a ground-breaking case for the need to move our ministries from program-driven to process-driven. It is essential that we reintroduce the real and relevant Christ to our young people. Only then might we hope to ignite the spiritual revolution necessary to reclaim this and future generations for Christ.

30 review for The Last Christian Generation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    I like that he not only opens your eyes to the fact that there is a problem, but he also gives you ideas on what to do to fix that problem. (Of the youth of today feeling disconnected from the rest of the church.) And he also provides resources for more info. I got this book at a church book give-away (like a book sale, but the books were free). I felt like Josh McDowell really hits on the real reasons why people in my generation & younger are not as connected to church as our parents were at ou I like that he not only opens your eyes to the fact that there is a problem, but he also gives you ideas on what to do to fix that problem. (Of the youth of today feeling disconnected from the rest of the church.) And he also provides resources for more info. I got this book at a church book give-away (like a book sale, but the books were free). I felt like Josh McDowell really hits on the real reasons why people in my generation & younger are not as connected to church as our parents were at our age & would like us to be. And in my church (Church of Christ), some seem to think that if we just add instrument accompaniment (instead of "a capella" only), that'll fix everything! They should read this book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Lee

    This book is intended for the "older folk" in churches who have no idea how the young postmodern millennials think. As part of the latter group, the book correctly identified the many differences between the two groups. But sadly, the apologetic arguments were few and thin. There is little likelihood of any of us buying the remedial solutions that McDowell was proposing. He could have either gone down the philosophical or the theological route, but it seems that he intends the book to be read by This book is intended for the "older folk" in churches who have no idea how the young postmodern millennials think. As part of the latter group, the book correctly identified the many differences between the two groups. But sadly, the apologetic arguments were few and thin. There is little likelihood of any of us buying the remedial solutions that McDowell was proposing. He could have either gone down the philosophical or the theological route, but it seems that he intends the book to be read by an audience that has receive little education in either area. I cannot recommend this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Walt Walkowski

    I think McDowell has some good things to say here, but I found the book, overall, to be tedious. I think he could have said what he wanted in a booklet and been much better off.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Calhoun

    It was ok, but I felt it was too much surface level, and I feel like it pretended to have all the answers. It's true that there are interesting things happening in our culture, and it points out these important issues and some of the shortcomings of the church. Towards the end of the book it turned into more of a sales plug for the author's website. But there was an interesting description contrasting "event-driven ministry" with "process-driven ministry", with the latter being more goal-based, e It was ok, but I felt it was too much surface level, and I feel like it pretended to have all the answers. It's true that there are interesting things happening in our culture, and it points out these important issues and some of the shortcomings of the church. Towards the end of the book it turned into more of a sales plug for the author's website. But there was an interesting description contrasting "event-driven ministry" with "process-driven ministry", with the latter being more goal-based, e.g. to improve folks' relationship with God. Versus more event-driven which is more surface-level and uses gimmicks just to try to get people to show up to church, trying to entertain them, which ends up just trying to compete with the expert entertainers of the world. And those fail because they are lousy entertainers, and provide such shallow services that don't go deep enough to scratch the itch that most folks have.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Myers

    Although there will be authentic Christians who proclaim God's truths in every generation, Josh McDowell is correct in pointing out that many young people today don't know or follow those truths even though they claim to be Christian. There's a lot of good information in this book about how adults within the church and the family can teach and train their children in the ways of Christ. Even if you don't have kids or teens, the book will help you learn a little about guiding the children that co Although there will be authentic Christians who proclaim God's truths in every generation, Josh McDowell is correct in pointing out that many young people today don't know or follow those truths even though they claim to be Christian. There's a lot of good information in this book about how adults within the church and the family can teach and train their children in the ways of Christ. Even if you don't have kids or teens, the book will help you learn a little about guiding the children that come under your influence either directly or indirectly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I received this book as a gift, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading it. I'm familiar with Josh McDowell's work, but the title gave me pause - I was concerned that it would be another alarmist, doomsday treatise. Fortunately, I was wrong on that point. The authors are rightly concerned about the challenges we face in reading teens for Christ, but they aren't inciting panic. They have a plan for meeting the challenge, and it appears to be a good one. They've lined up resources f I received this book as a gift, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading it. I'm familiar with Josh McDowell's work, but the title gave me pause - I was concerned that it would be another alarmist, doomsday treatise. Fortunately, I was wrong on that point. The authors are rightly concerned about the challenges we face in reading teens for Christ, but they aren't inciting panic. They have a plan for meeting the challenge, and it appears to be a good one. They've lined up resources for anyone willing to join in their plan, and they're moving forward in an organized manner. My only quibble with the book is that I really only got the complete picture for what they were building in the last 50 pages. They started laying the foundation on page 1, but I was well into the tenth or eleventh chapter before I could tell whether they were looking to build a house or barn (so to speak). Maybe that's just my problem, but it means I really need to go back and read it again in order to grok the details. I recommend this book for anyone in ministry who feels that they aren't as effective as they could (or should) be. Just be prepared to read it twice.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sara Best

    The Last Christian Generation was a thought-provoking and eye-opening book. One of the biggest things that stood out to me was to see the extent of the difference between how 'kids these days' perceive reality and how my generation perceives it. Here are a few examples of key concepts and their meaning. Tolerance - Adult culture: Accepting others without agreeing with or sharing their beliefs or lifestyle choices. Tolerance - Youth culture: Accepting that each individual's beliefs, values, lifestyl The Last Christian Generation was a thought-provoking and eye-opening book. One of the biggest things that stood out to me was to see the extent of the difference between how 'kids these days' perceive reality and how my generation perceives it. Here are a few examples of key concepts and their meaning. Tolerance - Adult culture: Accepting others without agreeing with or sharing their beliefs or lifestyle choices. Tolerance - Youth culture: Accepting that each individual's beliefs, values, lifestyles, and truth claims are equal. Personal Rights - Adult culture: Everyone has the right to be treated justly under the law. Personal Rights - Youth culture: Everyone has the right to do what he or she believes is best for himself or herself. Freedom - Adult culture: Being free to do what you know you ought to do. Freedom - Youth culture: Being able to do anything you want to do. I knew there were generational differences, but I had not seen it so succinctly expressed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    I read this because a friend gave it to me as we prepare for a roundtable discussion with other parents at church. It's a very fast read, and I do share some of McDowell's concerns about today's youth, but his analysis of youth culture and postmodernism are too alarmist and not rigorous enough. To some extent McDowell may be conflating our youth's turning away from Modern Evangelicalism with a decline in Christianity. His name is almost synonymous with modern popular christian apologetics: his m I read this because a friend gave it to me as we prepare for a roundtable discussion with other parents at church. It's a very fast read, and I do share some of McDowell's concerns about today's youth, but his analysis of youth culture and postmodernism are too alarmist and not rigorous enough. To some extent McDowell may be conflating our youth's turning away from Modern Evangelicalism with a decline in Christianity. His name is almost synonymous with modern popular christian apologetics: his most popular book was Evidence that Demands a Verdict. So, it's definitely the end of an era: McDowell's era. To put it another way, I think he is comparing Modernity's best with Postmodernity's worst, a common straw-man fallacy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Cultivating a Biblical Worldview??? Do you have one, do you know what it is? What is Christian Worldview vs. Biblical Worldview? How authentic are you as you live out your faith? Are you living in such a way that causes others to ask you what do you have that I don't have or do you live like the world? This book is a must own for all followers of Jesus - find out what is happening in the post-modern generation, today's pop-culture and discover what has happened in previous generations to help all Cultivating a Biblical Worldview??? Do you have one, do you know what it is? What is Christian Worldview vs. Biblical Worldview? How authentic are you as you live out your faith? Are you living in such a way that causes others to ask you what do you have that I don't have or do you live like the world? This book is a must own for all followers of Jesus - find out what is happening in the post-modern generation, today's pop-culture and discover what has happened in previous generations to help all of us out so we can truly understand one another. Josh bless you for writing TRUTH!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Justice

    As a youth leader, this book was very helpful and I got a lot of wonderful pointers from it about how the youth understands the Bible and God in comparison to how I look at those things. It gave me encouragement of how to approach them and teach them Biblical truths so they can better grasp God and His will for them so that they hopefully will be motivated to live fully for Him. I think all youth leaders and youth pastors should read this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I liked the beginning of this book and thought some of the issues he raised need to be addressed so we do not have the next generation leave the church. Where this book falls short for me is when the solution he pitches is to buy his ministry materials.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I've really just started this, but it was recommended and loaned to me by a co-worker. I've really just started this, but it was recommended and loaned to me by a co-worker.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This book is a must read for every pastor and youth pastor in America.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    i like it

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Excellent book that all Christians should read to see possible future of our youth and how to help them with a Biblical worldview.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mallorie Kuhl

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dwight Tompkins

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Levi

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Coons

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Blankenship

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angie Housley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  26. 4 out of 5

    T C Netzley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Simon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maximiliano

  29. 5 out of 5

    Micah Maxwell

  30. 4 out of 5

    Simon

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