Almost Christian

Almost Christian July 6, 2010

That’s the title of Kenda Creasy Dean’s new book, a theological follow up to Christian Smith’s Soul Searching.  My endorsement of it reads,

“A lot of youth workers have been a bit depressed since the National Study of Youth and Religion revealed what we’d long suspected about American teen religiosity: it’s pretty darn benign. But in Almost Christian, Kenda Creasy Dean helps us turn the corner from the moralistic, therapeutic deism that afflicts our churches to a hope-filled, consequential faith that has the potential to change the lives of young people and, with a little help from the Holy Spirit, just might transform our world.”

I’m gonna blog through this book, and I’d love to have some readers join me as we go through it.  If you’re interested, pick up a copy of Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church.

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  • I read Kenda’s new book a few weeks ago in preparation for my interview with her at here: I found the book extremely compelling; and both challenging and inspiring for me as an adult Christian. You can not help but catch Kenda’s passion for the church and young people … I’m excited for how this book will jump start a really important conversation in the church!

  • Sarah

    wish I had time to read this right now – would love to be in the conversation – sadly, have two other *must* reads for an upcoming learning event but will add this to the list.

  • That sounds interesting.
    I will have to read it soon.
    As a teenager, I can definitely assure you that most teenagers are borderline agnostic and having a huge soul searching issue with the traditional church.
    If the church does not drastically change, it will loose my generation, completely.
    Also, I’m a southern baptist preacher’s kid! =D

  • Brian

    Just got it and started reading last night. So far so good. I’m a youth pastor so it will be interesting to see how this book speaks of this generation and the church.

  • I’m in.

  • Thanks for your post. We have added a link to this page on Kenda Dean’s website.
    God Bless

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