Audible Quality: ★★★★★
Application Ability: ★★★★☆
Recommendation Likelihood: ★★★★☆
At more than 78 million strong, the Millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—have surpassed the Boomers as the larger and more influential generation in America. Now, as its members begin to reach adulthood, where the traits of a generation really take shape, best-selling research author Thom Rainer (Simple Church) and his son Jess (a Millennial born in 1985) present the first major investigative work on Millennials from a Christian worldview perspective.
The authors close with a thoughtful response to how the church can engage and minister to what is now in fact the largest generation in America’s history.
Sure to interest even the secularists who study this group, The Millennials is based on 1200 interviews with its namesakes that aim to better understand them personally, professionally, and spiritually. Chapters report intriguing how-and-why findings on family matters (they are closer-knit than previous generations), their desire for diversity (consider the wave of mixed race and ethnic adoptions), Millennials and the new workplace, their attitude toward money, the media, the environment, and perhaps most tellingly, religion.
I'll start by saying that it's weird to read a book written on your own generation. I spent the entire time thinking to myself, "That's like me. That's like AJ. That's not like us at all." That being said, I think this is a very good book. I hear my generation getting a lot of flack these days about our relationship with church, and some of it we deserve. Rainer does a great job helping the reader understand where the general mentality of the generation comes from so that we (as ministry and church persons) can know where to start and where to move towards.
Of course, Rainer does his research so I wouldn't doubt his facts. I do believe his conclusions of the facts are sound. This book is one I would recommend to anyone who is doing ministry with Millennials (people born between 1980 and 2000) or even overseeing them in the workplace. I gave it 4 stars for recommendation though because it does have a niche readership.