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The Next Christians: The Good News about the End of Christian America

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Turn on a cable news show or pick up any news magazine, and you get the impression that Christian America is on its last leg. The once dominant faith is now facing rapidly declining church attendance, waning political influence, and an abysmal public perception. More than 76% of Americans self-identify as Christians, but many today are ashamed to carry the label.

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ebook, 192 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group (first published September 29th 2010)
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I usually avoid books like this or if I read them I don't like them. The reason is that they often make a caricature of 'old forms' of trying to live faithfully to the gospel and posit that everything good that is happening with Christians and culture are the result of new trends (often with a 'generational component' attached). And yes, Gabe Lyon is pretty well guilty of dismissing old school Christians who are either separatists or indistinguishable from the wider culture. The new movement, he ...more
Cassidy Hastings
This one took me a while to get through. While I'm not normally a quick reader anyway, I found myself processing A LOT while reading this book. It's not one that I would suggest rushing through if you are a fast reader.

In it he describes what he calls "Next Christians," followers of Jesus who walk the line between separating from culture and blending with culture. He uses the title "Restorers" interchangeably and gives many different examples of how these believers are actively engaging differen

The author starts out by summarizing the state of American Christianity (Australia is not that much different) in the first few chapters. This is a good thing because it helps us to realize the way that Christians interact with the culture that they are living in. It is a wakeup call to us all, and he uses this current state of the Church to contrast with the "Next Christians" that he has studied.

Lyons goes on to explain that we are not just saved, so that we can sit around and
Marie Friesen
Before I get into my response to this audio book, I thought it might help you to know the angle I'm coming from: Firstly, I'm not a trained theologian or minister or an expert in ecclesiology (theology of the Church). But I guess you could call me a hobbyist, and my interest in these things is sincere, so by all means, speak up and share your ideas about this stuff, whatever they might be. :-)[return][return]Secondly, as a pastor's kid I've heard of revivals, scandals, trends and dangers within ...more
Dave McNeely
If you can make it past the introduction, where Lyons either genuinely longs nostalgically for the days of Christendom or is trying to ease those who do into a new era, there's much to commend this book as an introduction to some of the metathemes of contemporary Christianity's vibrant edges within North America.
At the same time, even what can be commended comes with a caveat. While Lyons' book may find a new audience (which would be good), most of the ground he covers has been covered better b
Kitty Honeycutt
Book Title: "The Next Christians”
Author: Gabe Lyons
Published By: Multnomah
Age Recommended: 17+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 4.5

Review: This book brings a necessary hope to Christians and gives a brighter outlook for future generations. The author writes in such a way that you don’t feel as though you are being preached at. He shares his vision in an insightful and approachable way that makes this book a genuinely great read.

Christians that feel there is no hope for their religion left
Marcus Costantino
I appreciate the effort of Lyons to call to the attention of Christians how the world views us and to compel us to meet the needs of an ever watching world that is slowly finding us and the church not worth even watching. The disconnect is not in his desire to call us to action but in (1) his presentation of christian stereotypes as if his labels are orthodox, (2) his development of his own christianese to suit his purposes rather than developing his message upon extant theology and time-tested ...more
The author divides interaction of Christians with culture into the Separatist and Cultural Groups. Separatists include the Insiders, Cultural Warriors and Evangelizers. Insiders interact primarily with other Christians and may come across as "holier than thou" to others. Cultural Warriors get involved in causes that try to right wrongs by protests but don't consider how they are perceived by others. Evangelizers are intent primarily on getting people "saved" but aren't always perceived as loving ...more
The Next Christians provided good examples of how to live in a way that is relevant to others yet grounded in the faith. The Next Christians are called restorers and are the leaders that will bring back a positive view of Christianity as a whole. I felt that this book was very relatable to me, because I have given thought to these concepts but never felt that others valued them. Among these concepts are the emphasis on loving others through deep, meaningful relationships, which I feel is the bes ...more
Leo Woodman
“THE NEXT CHRISTIANS” was a good read. Gabe Lyons takes a good look at what many are thinking about “Christianity” today. The subtitle “How a new generation is restoring the faith” sums up the context of the book. Lyons examines the perspective that many millennials take on the church today, that many are embarrassed by the reputation of Christians in the world today. Today many young people are wanting more from the church, they are wanting to see Jesus examples, and teachings lived out in beli ...more
Nathan Schneider
Good read. The Next Christians is a challenging critique of Christianity's posture toward culture. As Gabe Lyons points out, Christians are too often opposed or involved with culture in an unbiblical and unhelpful way. Christians are called to be salt and light in the world. This means being restorers of God's original design for creation, which means that followers of Jesus recognize the imago Dei in the world and seek to bring it under the grace of Christ. Thought provoking, Lyons will help yo ...more
First of all, let me just say that if you're looking for a light, easy read, this is not it. It took me awhile to get through, mainly because I needed to spend time thinking about the insights and observations in each chapter and also because, well, it's got what I call an "academic" tone. I found I really had to set time aside in the middle of the day when I wanted to make progress with it because it wasn't something I was really getting anything at all out of reading before I went to bed after ...more
Jeff Elliott
This book, perhaps more than even "You Lost Me" has helped me understand the thought processes and problems of a younger generation and has helped me think about ministry in a new context.

p. 25-In an effort to keep up, many suburban churches have followed closely behind--forced to choose locations in response to urban sprawl rather than function as a centerpiece of holistic design. Some churches are now comfortably couched in streetside strip malls alongside dry cleaners and nail salons. This g
This is another book about the state of Christianity in America and how it is to survive in the next few years. The author compares the different positions of Christianity between his homeland and Europe, hoping that it won’t get to the state it is in the latter right now.I did enjoy hearing the stories of various Christians who are living out their faith, by purposely living in the real world and not hiding away in their Christian bubbles. This was like a breath of fresh air and very encouragin ...more
Seth Comfort
I just finished reading The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons and I would say that it was fantastic. This is his follow up book to UnChristian and I would highly recommend both books.
He breaks this book down into three parts: The World is Changing, The Restorers, A New Era
Part I: The World is Changing
He starts off the book by talking about the shift that is taking place in America today. Through research Lyons states that the church is now longer the center of culture in the West. Christian America
Lenore Webb
I do not think that I am very far from the norm anymore. I believe that there are many quiet or closet Christians out there. I do not think that Christianity in America is falling away. I feel it is being internalized more. Gabe Lyons has a book, The Next Christians, that falls somewhat into this belief. Of course we are not on the same page, but I am rarely on the same page as anyone else. I do like that he is seeing a change in the course of people and how they react now. In his book he talks ...more
The author, I think, really tries not to be "holier than thou," but still it seems to me as though he might believe that his "next Christians" have arrived...& are at a better place than other Christians through (at least) recent history. And I think that in his attempt to make Christianity more relevant, he plays down the centrality of the good news that we have a Saviour. A Saviour IS relevant to our deepest needs and longings.

I also remember learning early in my Christian walk that we are
Luke Brown
I have read several books on vocation and this is a very good one. It talks about aggressively and proactively putting faith to work, looking to infuse the world around us with beauty, grace, justice and love. It is about envisioning the world as God meant it to be and working toward that vision, working through the careers where we have been placed and being generous with time and possessions. It is about thoughtfully engaging the world with respect and love, while being optimistic that God is ...more
Chapter most anticipated: Called, not employed
Most surprising chapter: Grounded, not distracted

I really enjoyed reading 'The Next Christians'. I came across for the first time a little over a year ago, and have been blessed by many of the articles on the website. Lyons presents a class of Christians who are committed to living redemptive lives. To be sure, living a redemptive life, in this book, does not 'just' mean you have been saved by Jesus. Lyons goes much further in exploring Ch
Melysah Bunting
My latest review for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group is "The Next Christians The Good News About the End of Christian America" by Gabe Lyons. The book teaches how to be engaged, modern Christians. It's an optimistic outlook into the future of Christianity.

I like how the book explains the different types of Christians, mainly separatists, cultural and restorers. I've always resonated with the restorer type, but I never knew there where others with the same view (Considering, I live the Sou
Really compelling read arguing that a fundamental shift in the way in which Christianity relates to the world at large is occurring the likes of which we haven't seen since the Reformation.

In this book he argues that 'The Next Christians' see this shift as an opportunity to return the faith to its basic bedrock free from the political and financial ideologies that have plagued the Church.

One of the most interesting things about this book for me personally is that it really put into perspective i
Daniel Butcher
In 2007 Gabe Lyons collaborated with David Kinnamen in unChristian a book that showed us the reality of societies views about those who label themselves Christian. Since I had a friend gift me a copy, I have quoted and referred friends and others to this important text and their advice for overcoming the poor impression that society has of Christians. In The Next Christians not only tells us how to overcome negative Christian stereotypes, but he tells us who will destroy them. Lyons leaves his ...more
Tim Hoiland
One of the things I love about The Next Christians is that the book’s premise is based on the big story of the Bible: creation, fall, redemption and restoration. He lays that groundwork because, in his view, while Christians in recent decades in the U.S. have held on to the middle parts — fall (sin) and redemption (salvation) — they’ve downplayed or missed the profound, world-shaking significance of creation and restoration. Without properly recognizing that all creation was created good and tha ...more
The things that are good about this book are very good: explanations of the different "types" of Christians and how they live out their faith and the examples of how Christians are working in the world to help people and improve the world. The things that are bad about this book are very bad: the main premise that the purpose of the Christian life is to restore the world is totally false. Christ gave us our marching orders..."Go into all the world and preach the gospel." He did not charge us to ...more
Josh Morgan
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café.

I recently had the privilege of receiving a complimentary copy of Gabe Lyons' The Next Christians from christianaudio's reviewer program.

Lyons addresses the common perception that Christianity is dying. Taking a sort of sociological perspective, he describes the shift of the Christian environment over the past century, particularly in the United States. He also discusses two primary types of Christian engagement with the culture. The first grou
A refreshing and edifying perspective on the current state of Christianity in the United States. While church attendance and self-identification among Christians has been declining at staggering rates in the past 20 years, Lyons argues that the best days of the faith are yet to come. Rejecting the partisan politics and overemphasized evangelism of their parents and grandparents, young followers of Christ in 21st century America are embracing a Gospel that encompasses more than "going to heaven w ...more
Barrette Plett
After the first 60 pages, I was ready to give this book 5 stars. It starts strong. But I was disappointed in 2 things: 1- When Lyons lists the Christians at the forefront of the "next Christians" movement, notably absent are people like Rob Bell, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Brian McLaren. Why would he omit these names? To cater to the broad base of evangelicals who consider these folks heretics? I was also kind of disappointed to find that many of the case studies Lyons applauded were wealthy ...more
Quite good. The book asks: "How do I live out my faith?" For those of us who are concerned about truth and right living... who want to intersect lovingly with the world without compromising. Lyons asserts that redemption must include restoration. Where Christians restore, people get saved. He also distinguishes between first and second things.

He shares how the homosexual agenda advanced from the 1980s to where it is today by targeting the five markets of social influence - people showing up in
“The Good News about the End of Christian America” for many people who are still entrenched in the old worldview of a Christian America this is a shocking and upsetting headline. What possibly can be good news about the end of Christian America? We all know the trending decline in mainstream church numbers and the graying population that fills the seats on Sunday mornings. Lyon begins talking about the Next Christians and most of what he describes sounds like a return to ancient Christianity, wh ...more
Chris Giovagnoni
A candid and challenging assessment of Christian interaction with our current culture. It talks about the full story of the Christian faith beginning with Creation, moving through the Fall, embracing Redemption and ending with Restoration.

The Christian story, God's story, doesn't begin with sin. Sin is only a part of the story. When Christians focus on the Fall and Redemption, that's only half of the story and is incoherent to many people. The full story is what makes sense to people. It's what
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Gabe Lyons is founder of Q (, which serves to educate Christians on their historic responsibility to renew culture, and author of "The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America" (Doubleday, 2010). His first book, "unChristian," was co-authored with Dave Kinnaman and revealed exclusive research on pop-culture's negative perception of Christians. His work repre ...more
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