The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America by Gabe Lyons is a very engaging and thought-provoking book. This is Mr. Lyons second book, he is also the co-author of unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters. Though I have not read his first book, I was deeply impressed with the professionalism offered in the first four chapters of The Next Christians. These formative few chapters provide key insights on the cultural shifts taking place in Western thought and practice. Throughout the rest of the book, Mr. Lyons makes bold assertions concerning these current trends and their implications for a new movement within Christianity.
The author writes with a clear tone of optimism as he sets out the case for the decline of church influence in America and the advent of a movement back to the roots of historical Christianity. He pens out six key characteristics that help define the new movement that he sees as becoming normative in the West: Provoked (not offended), Creators (not critics), Called (not employed), Grounded (not distracted), In Community (not alone), and Countercultural (not relevant).
Overall I was very impressed and appreciative of the book. Mr. Lyons is a very excellent author and I enjoy reading his work. The retail price of The Next Christians is $19.99 (Hardcover), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com. I gave it five stars.
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