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Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith. . . and How to Bring Them Back Paperback – September 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802443559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802443557
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FRONT MATTER BLURBS (see below for FRONT COVER and BACK COVER BLURBS)

"Simply the best guide on the varieties of unbelief in the postmodern era. Not only does Generation Ex-Christian compassionately diagnose the ways people flee and fight God, but Drew Dyck wisely counsels his readers on how to best communicate and model the beauty, truth, and compassion of the Gospel to each variety of unbelief. The book captivated me from beginning to end."

-Jim Belcher, author of Deep Church

"Drew guides us through the blur of the forest's edge, and crouches down to point out the various root causes of why young people are deserting the Christian faith. By exposing our overgeneralizations, this book helps us to respond with love, truth, and grace-one person at a time."

-James Choung, author of True Story

"Many of us have had the heart-wrenching experience of watching someone we love abandon their walk with God. In fact, young people are leaving the Christian faith at an alarming and unprecedented rate. In this insightful and important book, which I nearly finished in a single sitting, Drew Dyck delves into the reasons for this phenomenon, giving us six different categories of leavers and practical ways to re-engage them. A compelling read for anyone involved with today's youth."

-Felicity Dale, House2House Ministries and co-author of The Rabbit and the Elephant

"As a 20-something I struggle with watching my peers leave the church one-by-one. Generation Ex-Christian is a great tool to better understand the needs of young adults. Don't wait for another young person to leave the church. Pick up your copy today!"

-Renee Johnson, author of Faithbook of Jesus and creator of Throw Mountains.

"Every person that leaves the church has a story-it's often complicated and interwoven with a myriad of life experiences. Dyck unwinds these multifaceted stories and carefully explains why young adults drift from God. You will recognizemany of Dyck's portraits. They are people in your life-your neighbors, family, and friends. He reveals the emotional backdrop of why people wander from faith. This book will help you find ways to journey with people and help guide them back to the one, true story that matters most."

-Sam Rainer, president of Rainer Research and author of Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts

"What Drew does here is take something that people of faith are often scared to think about, something that people of faith need to think about, and make us face the problem. Then he provides real insight into why young people leave and gives guidance on how to engage them."

-Josh Riebock, author of mY Generation

"Drew Dyck wants to help people who once were found, but now are lost. He paints detailed portraits of those who've left the church and the Christian faith in all their complexity. But he doesn't write as a disinterested documentarian merely cataloguing the reasons for their departures. Generation Ex-Christian is ultimately about bringing 'leavers' back to faith. He offers unlikely but welcome counsel in this age of non-judgmental 'conversations' and 'journeys.' If you're longing to rescue friends, relatives, and others who've left their Christian faith, Generation Ex-Christian is for you."

-Candice Watters, founding editor of Boundless.org


FRONT COVER BLURB

"Simply the best guide on the varieties of unbelief in the postmodern era."
-Jim Belcher, author of Deep Church


BACK MATTER BLURBS

"Drew guides us through the blur of the forest's edge, and crouches down to point out the various root causes of why young people are deserting the Christian faith. By exposing our overgeneralizations, this book helps us to respond with love, truth, and grace-one person at a time."

-James Choung, author of True Story

"Young people are leaving the Christian faith at an alarming and unprecedented rate. DrewDyck delves into the reasons for this phenomenon, giving us six different categories of leavers and practical ways to re-engage them. A compelling read for anyone involved with today's youth."

-Felicity Dale, House2House Ministries and co-author of The Rabbit and the Elephant

"Every person that leaves the church has a story-it's often complicated and interwoven with a myriad of life experiences. You will recognize many of Dyck's portraits. They are people in your life-your neighbors, family, and friends. This book will help you find ways to journey with them and guide them back to the one, true story that matters most."

-Sam Rainer, president of Rainer Research and author of Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts

About the Author

DREW DYCK is the managing editor of Leadership Journal at Christianity Today International. Drew holds an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before coming to Christianity Today he was the editor of New Man magazine. He and his wife, Grace, live in Carol Stream, Illinois and attend Jericho Road Church.

More About the Author

Drew Dyck is the author of Generation Ex-Christian: Why young adults are leaving the faith...and how to bring them back (2010) and Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God, So Stop Trying (2014). Drew has a M.A. in Theology and is the managing editor of Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today International. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com. Drew grew up in Canada and now lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Grace, and their children, Athanasius and Mary. They attend The Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois. Connect with Drew at DrewDyck.com or follow him on Twitter @drewdyck.

Customer Reviews

It is a 200+ page book, but I read it in less than a day.
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Drew Dyck of Christianity Today has published an excellent book titled "Generation EX-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving The Faith...And How To Bring Them Back".
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Dyck's prose is easy to digest, and this book is a quick read.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Chris Redford on September 7, 2011
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Because I am an Evidentialist, atheist, and Secular Humanist, I only thoroughly read the chapters of Dyck's book that applied to me (Introduction, Modern Leavers, and Come Home!). This seemed appropriate because obviously I'm not Wicca, a Post-Modern thinker, or a Rebel who would deny God's existence even when given clear evidence for it. Since those positions don't apply to me, arguments against them also don't apply to me.

From what I read: Dyck, refreshingly, has the right approach. He pushes for open dialogue between Christians and non-Christians. Not preaching, but discussion. Each side presents their positions. They attempt to find common ground. And they work together to try to determine the truth.

Because of his focus on open dialogue and listening, Dyck understands Evidentialists in a way that most Christians I have encountered do not. I was particularly impressed when he pointed out that quoting Bible verses to an atheist ex-Christian is meaningless to them. They no longer believe the Bible was divinely inspired. Dyck understands very clearly that many Christians are making a mistake when they assume atheists still share their worldview of heaven, hell, and a divinely inspired Bible. They don't. And because of this, the correct approach is to address their actual worldview and probe it for weaknesses.

As an Evidentialist (and atheist), I can tell you: that is exactly what I want you to do. It is the only method by which you would ever reach someone like me. If I am wrong, the only way you will ever convince me I am wrong is by actively engaging MY beliefs. Not just repeating yours. Active dialogue is the only type of interaction that wouldn't be a considerable waste of both our time. Discussion. Finding common ground and working up from there.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Davis VINE VOICE on October 3, 2010
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Some say it's an epidemic. Young people, raised in church, professing Christians are leaving the faith as young adults. I spent six years in full-time youth ministry. I can look back on the young people I encountered and see the reality of the problem. They are not statistics, they are real people. These are kids I taught, counseled, and guided. These are kids that were active in church and enthusiastic about their faith. Now, they are gone. In some cases, long gone.

This is not news. People have been sounding the alarm for years now. Youth ministers have been arguing as to what method or model will cement these kids in before they leave. Others wonder how to get them back. Some say, wait, they'll be back...but they won't.

There are many questions to be asked: Why are they leaving? How can we get them back? How do I share my faith with someone that already knows the answers? In his upcoming book, Generation Ex Christian, Drew Dyck explores these very questions. He has interviewed many of those who have left and shares practical answers for reaching them again.

Dyck outlines seven types of leavers. This is important, because not all leavers are the same. No one method will reach everyone. For example: apologetics will not impress someone who has adopted a postmodern worldview. Expecting the "Rebel" to come back makes assumptions with drastic consequences. There are nuances to each case and Dyck does a great job exploring those differences.

The careful reader will apply the knowledge Dyck shares to the situations they see all around them. They will begin to see the heart of the leaver and reasons they left. Then, the gospel can be shared at that point.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike H. Brandes on October 4, 2010
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People aren't just walking away from Christianity, they're sprinting. Christianity Today's Drew Dyck takes a look at some of the causes, and solutions to engage "leavers" in his book Generation Ex-Christian. Generation Ex-Christian made a very simple point that the church has been overlooking for years. Not all leavers are the same, and therefore can't be approached the same, you have to tailor the message to the recipient. A postmodernist isn't going to respond well to a dose of scientific heavy apologetics, and a modernist isn't very much concerned with your personal stories or "testimonies."
This book is thorough, and well researched. While not written for a heady reader, it is not watered down either. This book transcends multiple levels of familiarity with the gospel, philosophy, and apologetics. Dyck didn't patronize or hold any punches in this book. I found myself having difficulty putting it down, and would often read 30+ page segments. If you're a pastor, a church volunteer, a counselor, or even a committed church attendee, I recommend this book unequivocally. It delivers great insight into the heart and mind of the leaver, and helps you root through their excuses for the true cause of their "de-conversion". Go ahead and pre-order a copy, or two.
I know you won't be disappointed I give this book 5/5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on November 7, 2010
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Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults are Leaving the Faith and How to Bring Them Back by Drew Dyck

Generation Ex-Christian is a look at why so many young people are leaving behind the faith they learned as a child. The author interviewed ex-Christians, and he breaks down the "leavers" into six types, postmodernist, recoiler, modernist, neopagen, rebel, and the drifter. He highlights several individuals and what caused them to change. What would cause a Christian to turn to Wicca, or lead them to commit to atheism? Imagine being a youth leader and an offhanded harsh comment would so hurt someone that they would turn their back on God.

In breaking down the categories, the author gives specific instruction on how to relate to the individuals with the hope of leading them back. This is an important read for youth leaders, Sunday School teachers, and others in the ministry.

Satan no longer has to destroy Christians; the church is doing that work for him.
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