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The Millennials: Connecting to America's Largest Generation

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  398 ratings  ·  61 reviews
At more than 78 million strong, the Millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—have surpassed the Boomers as the larger and more influential generation in America. Now, as its members begin to reach adulthood, where the traits of a generation really take shape, best-selling research author Thom Rainer (Simple Church) and his son Art (a Millennial born in 1985) present th ...more
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Published January 1st 2011 by Hovel Audio (first published December 10th 2010)
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Louise
This book presents some interesting information, but not having the survey instrument, the actual data, the demographics on the 1200 member study sample or even an index erodes the book's value. There is a lot of "filler", such as more than 10 pages devoted to a description/history of various media. There are a lot of negative references to the Baby Boomers.

If you know the Millennials, many of the conclusions seem to have validity. Millennials and older "Xes" that I know, as well as those depict
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Clark Goble
For the majority of this book I was inclined to give it a three star rating. Author Thom S. Rainer and his son Jess spend the first 250 pages or so offering endless statistics concerning the Millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000). Much of it is quite repetitive. The Millennials are good with technology, confused about money, dedicated to their families, and indifferent to the Church. The information was gleaned through multiple interviews with Millennials and while useful, the ...more
Jeff Elliott
Most of Rainer’s books are too packed with numbers to be enjoyed. This time, perhaps because of his son’s co-writing, he has written a much more readable book. In general, I was positive about the description of the Millennials. The Rainers paint them as a mostly positive generation, convinced they can make a difference, passionately committed to social causes. The downside is they are less religious and so therefore have limited Biblical understanding. What I have noticed is they believe in equ ...more
Keith Andrews
I’ve been wanting to read The Millennials for a while, but there were other books and interruptions that stood in the way. The lesson gained was that I should I have read this sooner. In my strong desire to finally read the book, I used the “Whisper Sync” function on my kindle to listen to the book on the way to and from work and read when I wasn’t in the car. The result was a weeklong immersion into the world of Millennials.
One important discovery I gained from the book was the Millennials’ des
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Steve
Overall, this was an interesting and somewhat enlightening read (well, audiobook), but suffered from a few flaws. As a book, it strengths include the anecdotal stories and ease with which the authors present the results of their survey. However, there is quite a bit of unnecessary repetition which could have been left out, thus streamlining the book.

As far as interpreting the survey data, it will take some time to see how the results bear out, and there is difficulty in harmonizing the survey re
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Jim
This was an insightful look into the current generation as they enter the workforce, influence elections and start raising their families. They are the largest generation numerically and have begun to replace the influence of their Boomer parents. I was encouraged to read the the Millenials (those born between 1980 and 91) have a very high view of marriage, family and relationships in general. The book describes them as generous, involved in their communities and ready to make a difference in th ...more
Paul Kelly
OK, some useful stuff here. Thom and Jess Rainer believe their research suggests that this generation of young adults (they only surveyed the older half of the millenial generation) is family-oriented, relationship centered, and color-blind (not their word). They also see them as interested in making lots of money, feeling like they are bursting with unused potential, and being "spiritual but not religious."

The two major problems I see with this book may have to do with the popular nature of it
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Kyle
This book looks at the Millennials, a generation after Gen X sometimes referred to as Gen Y. I had great hopes for this book, but I was disappointed due to this books failure in many ways. This review will have both the pro's and con's.

Data: Thom and Jess did a great job with the depth of their research and compiling the statistics. I appreciated the depth of not only gathering data, but the extra detail and personal stories that accompanied the numbers. It made the numbers come alive. However,
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Nate LaClaire
The Millennial Generation – the group of people born from 1980 to 2000 – is the largest generation in America’s history, a title previously held by the Baby Boomer Generation of 1946 to 1964. This generation promises to make a tremendous impact on the US and the world due to both its sheer size and its approach to life. Thom Rainer and Jess Rainer, a father-and-son team, set out to find what defines this generation. They and a team of researchers conducted a study of 1,200 adult Millennials and ...more
Ashley
This book had really good potential. I began reading it as I wanted to learn more about my generation as a whole and how I compared myself with them. What I got was a father/son duo that continuously slung their religious beliefs at me.

There were however, a few things the father/son went over that I did enjoy. The two took the results of a (small, in my opinion 1200 millennials) and broke down their findings. And I found myself relating to and agreeing with what many of their interviewees had t
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Lindsay
I found this an interesting, and overall positive, look at my generation. The surveys performed were done in the US, and the book never aimed to look at international Millennials (actually the first time I'd heard that term), but I found it surprisingly relevant to Australian and UK millennials (although the tendency to travel the world may vary slightly).
I was surprised by how many 'Millennial' attributes I had, particularly as I've always thought of myself as a little strange (in a good way),
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Josh Hopping
Deep inside of us we all want to think that we are unique – some special and different than everyone around us. And on one level that is true as our personalities, physical features, background and the essences that make us “us” is unique and different.

Yet on larger level we are not unique. Instead we all tend to take on the characteristics of our culture and, to a certain level, the characteristics of our generation.

In the reading the book “The Millennials: Connecting to America's Largest Gener
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Peter
Full review of The Millennials can be found at my blog.

With almost 78 million, we are the largest generation in America. There are many of us who have graduated and are in the work force and still many left to go through college and enter the workforce. We are literally a force to be reckoned with since there are so many. There is good news, however. Most of us want to make a positive impact on the world. We care deeply about social justice and fairness. We care more about what we do with our li
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Dave Johnson
really a 3.5

it's a decent book that is more factual than anything else, and it shows the results of polling the generation of people (my generation) called The Millenials (aka Bridgers, GenY, etc). there are a lot of very interesting things from this book, and it really highlights that this generation is unique. it's the largest generation ever. and some might think we'd share more traits with Generation X, but, from their results, we share more traits of our grandparents, the GI Generation. tha
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David
This was a helpful book about the Millennial generation. If you work with teenagers, college students, or twenty-somethings you would find this book helpful. It echoes other findings of other studies: this generation respects their parents and wants their advice, they desire to serve and make the world a better place, they are not hostile to religion but instead are mostly indifferent to it.

Though helpful, this book does suffer from a lot of repetition. I do not need to be constantly reminded o
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Patricia
If you currently have young adults in your life I can recommend this read. As a Baby Boomer I found myself gaining a new understanding of how this generation is wired (literally) so differently than mine. I walked away from this book highly encouraged for this largest US generation yet. I am immediately seeing a need to adjust how I communicate and respond to this generation. And like any generation of persons - I am now aware of potential weaknesses for this group. Over all I see a bright futur ...more
Christopher Laughlin
This book does try to be fair to people born between 1980 and 2000, and they did a pretty good job being objective. They probably describe us well as a whole, though there are parts of the characterization that do not fit me well. They are too easy on the Boomers, in part because one of the authors is a Boomer; though the other author is a Millennial, he is too enamored with Boomers to see their shortcomings. (Of course, my cynicism and bitterness color my perspective, but I've experienced too m ...more
Jill Kandel
Although this book could have been edited down by fifty pages - redundancy its main problem - I loved the information that it offered.

My first surprise: the Millenials ( people born between 1980 and 2000) are now the largest generation, surpassing the Baby Boomers in number.

With four millennial children of my own, I found the book factual, encouraging, and interesting. It has helped me look at this generation with new eyes.

Second surprise: my generation is known for being self-centered and di
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Leo Woodman
I really enjoyed this book. I gleaned a lot of great information form it. The information that I got helped me to better understand millennial's from their perspective. I feel that I have gained a lot of knowledge that will help me to relate better with those that are in real need of understanding from leaders in the church. The millennial generations is a huge generation poised to take over the world we are leaving to them. It is going to be in good hands.
Jon
great read.
accurate research and engagingly presented. As a Millenial, it nailed me and how I think over and over again. I often found myself saying, "I'm not the only one."
very positive. I grew weary of the positive spin this book placed on us. The skeptic in me kept saying, "Yah, but have you read the comments on youtube videos?"
loved the quotes from current Millenials. well chosen and representative.
good insights and great follow up ideas to connect this generation with mainstream.
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Matt
This book is based on a survey or surveys. For those with a statistical background, this book maybe a disappointment. I do not see this book, as primarily a text book. I perceive it, as a overview of one segment in society; the millennials. One previous reviewer stated the book was harsh on boomers. I am a boomer, and could not see anything that was not true of my generation. What I would have have had the authors do differently, is not to repeat themselves. Also, the book is already outdated. F ...more
Jeff Bettger
Thom and His son Jess did extensive research interviewing over 100 people who were born from 1980 to 1993. The research is pretty interesting especially coming from two evangelical Christians. I think I am able to understand most of my interns at the church a little bit better after reading this book. I felt like it was a bit overly positive. We had no statistics on sexual abuse, crime, and other negative things that may have influence over peoples behaviors, and thought process's. However it wa ...more
Melody
I was very intrigued to read an analysis of my generation. Instead I got a bunch of statistics with weak larger relevancy. On top of this, the same points were repeated ad naseum regardless of the chapter. While I appreciate their attempt to be objective with their religion, it didn't really work. They might as well have approached it from a Christian mindset from the beginning. I did like that they were clear that their conclusions were being funneled through this lens. But the spirituality of ...more
Brad
I didn't enjoy reading this book at all. I learned that I am not very interested in statistical studies.

While I know the authors' findings are based on in-depth and thorough research, I don't identify with generalizations about people, however statistically based they are. Generalizations encourage and foster stereotypes, and stereotypes encourage us to make uninformed decisions about the way we perceive and treat people.

I'd rather experience people with an open, optimistic mindset, regardless o
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Dan Winnberg
Classic Rainer...lots of helpful stats and interesting responses for his survey and statistical work. Thoroughly researched. Most notable is the responses of not wanting church to be the same ole thing, but rather they have a strong desire for community and being involved I each other's lives. Strong desire for family and friends, meaning relationships was high. I was glad to see, as I have observed in my assembly, the younger generation respects authority and wants to be mentored. Closing chapt ...more
Mark Park
Good insight!!
Rob
This book had a significant amount of interesting information and I found myself relating to many of the attitudes and beliefs of the subject generation even though I do not fall within the boundaries of such.

Unfortunately, I feel that the writing style is falsely verbose. The same information could have been presented, with arguably increased clarity, in 1/3rd of the space. They often repeated the same statistical value/conclusion with little added benefit.
Brad
Excellent demographic overview of the largest generation in U.S. history (yes, even the Baby Boomers). The authors have an admittedly optimistic view of the Millennial Generation which is often encouraging but perhaps a little rosy. A worthwhile resource for anyone interested in culture and generational change.
Cory verner
The Millennials aren't all bad after-all. :) If you think they are then read this book. It describes, albiet in somewhat excruciatingly painful detail, what makes this massive group of optimistic, do gooders tick. If you have Millennials working for you then reading this books is absolutely necessary as it will give you a new appreciation for the potential they have to make a positive impact in the workplace and on the world.

That said, go GenX!
Kelli
As a middle millennial I feel like they were missing a lot of information on our culture and the people we are today. But at the same time it was wonderful to see that people especially the baby boomers can see us in such a positive light. If you were looking for a good book to read being involved in youth ministry. This isn't the book. Young adult-20 something ministry you've found your book.
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Thom Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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