“Faith for Exiles,” by David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock, gives readers, “5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Bablyon.” The topic is relevant, and the content is backed by the latest Barna research. The Five Practices are the five main chapters of the book. In each chapter, research is presented against a Biblical backdrop. The visual learning tools the authors have provided help solidify the basis for all points presented. Each chapter poses a challenge, with a solution. “To Form a Resiliane Identity,” the authors engage, “Experience Intimacy with Jesus.”
“Hearing from God isn’t some spooky, transcendental thing in which our eyes glaze over and God takes over our bodies,” write Kinnaman and Matlock, “it’s an everyday reliance on God and dependence on his presence.”
There are two breakout sections highlight by green pages throughout the book. The first, “Qoheleth’s Discerment Method,” and the latter, “Mentoring in a Digital Babylon.” Both provide insightful information and helpful tools in refining the faith in young adults. The book is smartly written and it’s evident the authors put much time and care in to the careful crafting of this message.
I recommend this book, not only for young adults, but especially for those who are leading and raising them. Just because we didn’t grow up in their digitally immersed generation doesn’t mean we cannot relate to them relevantly.
“Clearing the identity and religions clutter to become actual followers of Jesus is a path too rarely taken.” David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock, “Faith for Exiles.”
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)