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

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,084 ratings  ·  122 reviews
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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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Doubleday Religion (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Paul Frank Spencer
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had some good research and cultural observations, as well as a pretty comprehensive introduction to bare bones orthodox Christianity. Honestly, I feel that Lyons is probably better informed than most culture commentators to tackle these issues. But from his anecdotes and examples, he was able to draw much more optimism than I can. I hope he's right. I hope the next Christians will revolutionize our world. I would love to be a part of it.
Dana Friesen
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Loved the book and gave such a great insight to what our roles hereon Earth should be right now. Challenging to consider the current culture views and how the idas reflected in this book provide a counter cultural approach.
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
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
Dave McNeely
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think it's great that people want to live like Christ by helping others, but I don't agree with people being embarrassed to be called Christian. I don't really agree with the worry of being mistaken for being a Sarah Palin-type individual just for being called a Christian. Sorry, but the Christ who lived over 2000 years ago has a greater loyalty in my heart than this short-term sub-culture of which the writer things modern Christians are embarrassed by. On this note the book fell very flat, an ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mark Franklin
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Four stars for expressing a positive view of restoration in American Christianity. A kind of sequel to UnChristian, Lyons spends this book talking about how the gospel continues to work in our society despite a huge undercurrent of negativity about "Christians". It is presented in an informational way, but the goal seems to be encouragement to Christians today who might be feeling run down by negativity, at least that is how I took it.
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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 to
Jeff Elliott
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Brian Taylor
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you wonder about the next generation of Christians? I know I have to admit that I do. It's been something that has been on my mind ever since I was young. I've always been someone who ponders about what the next generation will bring. In my most recent readings, I have been very encouraged about the next generation of Christians. Gabe Lyons has expanded his look into the millennial generation of believers in his book The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live The Gospel and Restore the Worl ...more
Lindsay Sutton
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to The Next Christians on audibook last week. ( I found it to be a hopeful and encouraging voice in my reconstruction and in continuing to step into the Christian name/label.

The author (Gabe Lyons) has a good handle on how I’ve seen younger Christians move forward in the Christian way. Instead of being separatists, averse to culture, mistrusting, and judgemental, the Next Christians have a strong focus on restoring. He calls them The Restorers and points
Sarah Eshelman
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Using key dichotomies and many anecdotes, Gabe Lyons delivers a solid, in-depth look into what American Christianity can become.

This book is perfect for anyone feeling disillusioned with the way American Christianity is operating today. Lyons points out the good that is already in place and pushes the reader to go and do likewise (allusion fully intended). His ideas are an antidote to the prevailing narratives that surround cultural Christianity, and I found myself underlining and marking up my
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cbr11
Gabe Lyons believes that a better, more restorative Christianity is on the horizon, and that Christians dedicated to the Word will find a better way to reach a hurting world.

I liked the ideas and enthusiasm. But I was bugged by a lack of curiosity about power structures that oppress women and minorities, advocate anti-choice policies, and exile queer members from belonging in a loving environment. Maybe hindsight is 20/20? I am, after all, reading this booking 2019.

This is a book written before
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this book interesting and enjoyable. A friend of mine had to read it for their ministry degree and they suggested that I read it. I found that it did bring hope in a world that seems pretty hopeless on the front of Christianity. One sees the church losing ground and fading to the background with church attendance down and what is popular in today's culture. This book gives good insight as to whether the trend might not be as bad and it appears to be. A good book to read, and might be parti ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I appreciate the concept, but I read this book in 2018, and it feels a little tone deaf. It's written by a young, apparently upper middle class, white, Christian guy, who doesn't realize how blind he and his target audience are to people of other races and socio-economic backgrounds. His stance on abortion and homosexuality doesn't leave much room for discussion, which is disheartening. As a white "working class" American, I grew tired of the heroes of his stories, many of whom seemed to make a ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now to decide the next step

This book stirs up so many questions. The first being, where to start? There are so many areas that are broken that need help in our world.

A friend and I have been discussing this and hope to grow our thoughts into action.

This book has challenged me the most of any I've read recently and is answering a haunting question I've had of what is missing.

Don't read this book unless you are willing to do something, anything to make the world a better place and bring glory to G
Gabby Roberts
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lyons does a great job of not only explaining different approaches that have been taken by past generations but by showing new approaches that can be taken. He describes an upcoming generation called the restorers and their unconventional approach to ministry. He connects their example with people who are conducting their business as restorers. He tackles topics with grace and truth. Great read. Super engaging and insightful.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
A look at how new modern christians are taking the gospel and relationship with God from the inside of the church walls to their communities and building relationship with their neighbors while building loving and caring communities.
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
If I were still in my 20's or 30's I would no doubt be raving about what a classic, paradigm shifting, radical work this book is - as I see many are doing with this book. Yep, that's what I did back in the day with books like this. However folks, after 4+ decades as a Christian my older, more mature, more experienced, wiser self says, there's really nothing new to see here. For example, in our own time in terms of BIBLICALLY redeeming and restoring the earth . . .

Bonhoffer has articulated it;
Josh Morgan
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to be totally upfront and honest about this. When I went to Waterbrook/Multnomah's blogging for books site in order to select a book, I did not want to select this book. There was a choice between this book, The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons, or some novel that had Lifetime movie written all over it.

I selected this book anyways because I figured it would be interesting enough. Then I could select another book that I actually wanted. (As it turns out, it was a glitch in their website on t
Daniel Butcher
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Seth Comfort
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 20-in-2013
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
Leo Woodman
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
“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
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
“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
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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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