The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
On Sale: October 5, 2010
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Turn on a cable news show or pick up any news magazine, and
you get the impression that Christian America is on its last
leg. The once dominant faith is now facing rapidly declining
church attendance, waning political influence, and an
abysmal public perception. More than 76% of Americans
self-identify as Christians, but many today are ashamed to
carry the label.
While many Christians are
bemoaning their faith’s decline, Gabe Lyons is optimistic
that Christianity’s best days are yet to come. In the wake
of the stunning research from his bestselling book,
unChristian, which revealed the growing
disenchantment among young generations for Christians, Lyons
has witnessed the beginnings of a new iteration of the
faith. Marked by Lyons’ brutal honesty and unvarying
generosity, Lyons exposes a whole movement of
Christians—Evangelicals, Mainline, Protestants, Orthodox,
Pentecostals, and others—who desire to be a force for
restoration even as they proclaim the Christian Gospel. They
want the label Christian to mean something good,
intelligent, authentic, and beautiful.
generation of Christians, Lyons argues, embodies six
Christians incorporate these characteristics throughout the
fabric of their lives, a fresh, yet orthodox way of being
Christian springs forth. The death of yesterday becomes the
birth of a great tomorrow. The end of an era becomes a
beautiful new beginning. In this way, the end of Christian
America becomes good news for
In THE NEXT CHRISTIANS, Lyons
disarms readers by speaking as a candid observer rather than
cultural crusader. Where other people shout, Lyons speaks in
a measured tone offering helpful analysis of our current
reality while casting a vision for how to be a Christian in
a world disenchanted with the faith. Both a celebration and
a reckoning, THE NEXT CHRISTIANS combines current day models
and relevant research with stories of a new generation of
Christian leaders. If you are worried by what you see
transpiring around you, this book will take you on a
surprising social exploration in hopes that you too will
restore confidence in your faith.
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