“Faith for Exiles,” by David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock

“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.)

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“Growing With,” by Kara Powell & Steven Argue, Book Review

“Currently in academic, philanthropic, and for-profit fields, there is a fresh awakening to the power of empathy. By empathy, we mean ‘feeling with’ young people.” -Growing With

“Growing With” is an invaluable resource to parents currently raising or preparing to raise teens and young adults. The research is diligent and applicable in equipping parents to come alongside their children during the tricky growth spurts they go through. 

As a parent of two tween girls, I drank in every spiritual sentiment and educated formula presented in this work. It will be a resource I go back to as they grow, and I am able to reapply the authors’ insights as my children enter different stages of young adulthood. I am appreciative of the warm and relatable tone which this book is written in, despite all of the research packed into it’s pages. 

The book is broken up into four sections, “Growing With Parenting,” “Thriving in Family: Withing,” “Thriving in Faith: Faithing,” and “Thriving in Future: Adulting.” It’s easy to read. Those that are raising or working with teens and young adults …even those in the preparatory tween stages …will get through the content quickly. 

It can be difficult to figure out how to talk about all of the awkward and hard topics with our teens and young adults. Powell and Argue take the guesswork out of “if” we can come alongside and parent young adults well, and faithfully guide parents in a relatable “how to” we can all employ in our everyday lives. 

I highly recommend this book to parents raising teens and young adults, and those that work with or volunteer their time in youth groups for kids these ages.

“Often, young people’s questions about God and current topics are their attempts to keep their spirituality relevant, not rebel against it.” -Growing With

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)