The Millennials

★★★★★

Readability: ★★★★★

Audible Quality: ★★★★★

Application Ability: ★★★★☆

Recommendation Likelihood: ★★★★☆


BOOK'S DESCRIPTION:

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.

My Review:

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.

The Power of Habit

★★★★★

Readability: ★★★★★

Audible Quality: ★★★★★

Application Ability: ★★★★★

Recommendation Likelihood: ★★★★★


BOOK'S DESCRIPTION:

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

My Review:

I throughly enjoyed this book. I'm a person that has always struggled to change my morning routine or establish a new habit and now I understand why. But more importantly, I understand why changes work and why they don't on an individual level and on community level. This book talks about how our brains deal with changes and how our friends and community impact those changes for the positive or negative. It's peer pressure for adults and on a scientific level.

If you want to learn how you can do something new in your life, this book will help you learn about the "keystone habits." If you want to help bring major change in your corporation, this book will help you learn why it's worked in some places and not in others. It's a book I will go back to in the future to re-read.

Churchless

★★★★☆

Readability: ★★★★☆

Audible Quality: ★★★★★

Application Ability: ★★★★☆

Recommendation Likelihood: ★★★☆☆


BOOK'S DESCRIPTION:

Churchless people are all around us: among our closest loved ones, at our workplaces, in our neighborhoods. And more and more, they are becoming the norm: The number of churchless adults in the US has grown by nearly one-third in the past decade. Yet the startling truth is that many of these people claim they are looking for a genuine, powerful encounter with God—but they just don’t find it in church. What are they (or we) missing? How can we better reach out to them? What can we say or do that would inspire them to want to join a community of faith? Containing groundbreaking new research from the Barna Group, and edited by bestselling authors George Barna (Revolution) and David Kinnaman (You Lost Me), Churchless reveals the results of a five-year study based on interviews with thousands of churchless men and women. Looking past the surface of church attendance to deeper spiritual realities, Churchless will help us understand those who choose not to be part of a church, build trust-based relationships with them, and be empowered to successfully invite them to engage.

My Review:

I've actually read this book twice. It's a quick read in many ways, but it has a lot of technical data in it, which is why I gave it 4 stars. It has some good info, but doesn't break things down into generations very well. The book does state that the number one way to get people to church today is still personal invitation, but that it has become less successful. I think it is wise for any church leader or ministry person to be aware of Barna's research and to keep it in mind when doing church work. I wouldn't recommend it to a lay person though.

For Women Only

Revised and Updated Edition: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men

★★★★★

Readability: ★★★★★

Audible Quality: ★★★★★

Application Ability: ★★★★★

Recommendation Likelihood: ★★★★★


BOOK'S DESCRIPTION:

Discover the Truth He Wants You to Know

The man in your life carries important feelings so deep inside he barely knows they’re there, much less how to talk about them. Yet your man genuinely wants you to “get” him—to understand his inner life, to know his fears and needs, to hear what he wishes he could tell you.
 
In her landmark bestseller, For Women Only, Shaunti Feldhahn reveals what every woman—single or married—needs to know. Based on rigorous research with thousands of men, Shaunti delivers one eye-opening revelation after anotherincluding:

  • Why your respect means more to him than your love.
  • How he feels deep inside about his role as provider.
  • What it means for a man to be so visually “wired.”
  • Why sex for him is primarily emotional, not physical.
  • What he most wishes he could say to you. 

Now, in this expanded and updated edition, you’ll find insights from the latest brain research plus an all-new chapter that shows what’s really going on when he seems to “check out.” (You’ll be surprised and pleased.)
 
Millions worldwide have experienced dramatic change in their relationships because of the “aha” moments and practical ideas in this little book. Discover how to love your man for who he really is.

My Review:

I picked this book up, along with it's counterpart For Men Only at a marriage weekend AJ and I went to. A pastor friend of mine recommended the books to me when I was going through my pastoral counseling courses in school and I had never gotten around to them. It's a wonderful book! It helps you look at life through a man's eyes without degrading men and in a Christian light. It's a quick and easy read and one you can easily go back to if you need a refresher.