Book Review: The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons

The next Christians “see themselves on a mission, partnering with God to breathe justice and mercy and peace and compassion and generosity into the world. They believe that in small ways they are turning back the hands of time to give the world a glimpse of what the world looked like before sin entered the picture” (p. 59).

Many churches are trying to figure out how to reach and engage the next generation. They want to get younger and involve young families. But they come up short because they miss the fundamental paradigm shift that is occurring before their eyes. Gabe Lyons, in The Next Christians, captures this paradigm shift beautifully. For the next Christians, being a Christian is not just about evangelizing, it’s about restoring truth and beauty and grace. It’s about showing the world a glimpse of what the world looked like in the Garden in anticipation of that day of truth and beauty and grace that will be realized in the new heavens and earth. It’s about joining God in his mission to the world.

If you are a church leader trying to figure out how to reach the next generation of Christians, read this book. If you are a Christian who has not been quite able to articulate your discontent with more of the same Christianity, read this book. The next Christians are not willing to settle for mediocre Christianity. They want to change the world for the glory of God. I know that’s where I am. What about you?

Read Chapter One & Two of The Next Christians


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for the review. I’ve added the book to my wishlist.

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