Book Review: Meet Generation Z: Understanding and reaching the new post-Christian world, by James Emery White
The cultural landscape has changed dramatically. We have the rise of the “nones,” those who when asked about their religious identity respond by saying “nothing.” Now we have Generation Z, the first truly post-Christian generation, and numerically the largest.
Pastor and author James Emery White has written, Meet Generation Z: Understanding and reaching the new post-Christian world, to share insights about this new generation and how to reach them with the gospel.
If the heart of the Christian mission is to evangelize and transform culture through the centrality of the church, then understanding that culture is paramount. It is toward that end this work is offered as a hopeful complement to my earlier works: Serious Times and The Rise of the Nones.
White divides the book into two parts. Part 1 describes the challenges facing the church today. He includes the latest research on the new post-Christian realities facing the west before describing the characteristics of Generation Z. Part 2 focuses on how the church should respond to this challenge. The author presents ideas on how we can become countercultural as well as how to speak to culture in ways that are winsome and compelling. He also includes suggestions on new approaches to evangelism and apologetics. The author closes the book with three sermons preached at his church on issues relevant to our culture—gay marriage, mapping out the spiritual world, and using science as a pre-evangelism bridge.
Having read and benefited from his previous book, The Rise of the Nones, I found this one helpful as well. It provides insight on the cultural realities and gives food for thought on how the church should adapt and respond to the challenge.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.