unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters
David Kinnaman is president of The Barna Group, which provides research and resources that facilitate spiritual transformation in people's lives. Since joining Barna in 1995, David has designed and analyzed nearly five hundred studies for a variety of churches, nonprofits, and corporations. He and George Barna write a free research report published online at www.barna.org....more
The book is written by an evangelical Christian and has several sections of text written by active Christians. The discussion primarily centers around research conducted over a three year period dissecting views of Christians/Christi...more
There! Now I am HIP and WITH IT! and MEDIA SAVVY! and CREATIVE! and TUNED IN! Maybe now "outsiders" my age will be drawn to the Christian faith as though by a magnet!
Alas it's not so simple, and I would caution anyone from taking the research or conclusions in this book as defi...more
Non-Christians have negative views of Christians!!!!! We're not the majority!!!! Ahhhhh!!!!!
Oh yeah. I almost forgot. That's what I think about American Evangelicals, too.
Seriously, this book is a good wake-up call for Christians to stop majoring in the minors and actually start living in a way worthy to be called Christian.
I like the fact that with every negative attitude, there is a positive response or way out of the present predicament. It's not only tearing things...more
The biggest challenge put to me, I think, was the reminder that Christians don't have to like or agree with those perceptions - there were other times I found myself disagreeing with the perception or saying things like "but that's just because you don't know whe...more
Every church leader should read this book. Especially those that intend to work closely with outsiders such as college ministries, parachurch, and missionaries.
What I appreciate is that this book goes beyond criticism to practical suggestions. It is not afraid to describe the brevity of the si...more
UnChristian focuses on data collected by the Barnum Group, which to my understanding collects statistical data on various groups of people for to aid churches. The book focuses on the beliefs of individuals between the ages of 16-29, particularly the way that non-Christian individuals in that a...more
Before I explain why I thought this book was awful, I should give some background as to who I am so that my perspective is at least fair.
The book claims to analyze t...more
By David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2007
I would rank this book among the five most important books I have read in the past ten years. I cannot stop thinking about the implications of it. The authors compel me to re-examine my life in light of God’s word and the proposals in the pages of UN christian.
David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, uses survey data to show us what American Christianity looks like to those who are outside our churches....more
According to survey information gathered by the Barna Group and the Fermi Project (both organizations with Christian missions), Christians are perceived to be hypocritical, more interested in religion conversions than friendship, antihomosexual, sheltered, too political,...more
This book is a couple years old (published 2007), so I was rather surprised to find my own generation the young "up and coming" group that much of the research focuses on. However, if anything, this o...more
That said, my review is going to focus on two things. Firs...more
7 elements of spiritual formation
-worshipping God intimately and passionately
-engaging in spiritual friendships with other believers
-pursuing faith in the context of family
-embracing intentional forms of spiritual growth
-investing time and resources in spiritual pursuits
-having faith-based conversations
We are the light of the world (we...more
Kinnaman addresses the major negative perceptions that young people outside the church have about Christianity: that it is too judgmental, that it is antihomosexual, that Christians only want to win converts, that the church is too political, etc.