It's no secret that millennials are currently not engaging in church membership, but the issue runs deeper than that. There is also a mass exodus among millennials occurring out of the church in general. Many books have been written addressing this particular topic and dissecting the various reasons why this is occurring, and Abandoning Faith tackles this topic while giving us a fresh perspective. Alex McFarland and Jason Jimenez write this book with the parents of those millennials in mind. They focus on helping the parents get into the millennial mindset, strategies for mending and strengthening relationship with their millennial child, and tools for laying down foundational truths.
My kids are little and I am not the target audience of this book, however, I still found it insightful and interesting. One particular part that stood out to me was the responses from millennials about why they did not seem attracted to their parents faith. One of the more honest answers from the millennials was their parents example of what a Christian is. Millennials identified that while their parents were going to church, they did not seem to actually believe what they said they did. They would talk the talk, but never walk the walk. They would drag the whole family to church on Sunday, and yet Monday through Saturday things were different. I completely agree! Its total hypocrisy and it should drive the millennials away. Good for them for sniffing it out. However, we don't assess truth based on how people do or don't act. But the point is well taken, and the mirror needs to be constantly held to my own face.
If you have a millennial child who has walked away from their faith, this book might be helpful for you. In the very least, it maybe encouraging to know that others are going through similar situations as yourself.
I received this book as a compliment of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this book for my review in the opinions are strictly my own.
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