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-- Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Wheaton College
"One of the key themes within the American church since the 1930s -- and particularly since the 1960s -- has been the change in how congregations approach youth ministry and youth culture. The Juvenilization of Christianity by Thomas Bergler explores the wide-ranging ramifications of this revolution across the denominational spectrum, examining not only its impact upon young people but also the larger implications -- positive and negative -- for the entire church. Anyone really trying to understand the dynamics of American Christianity must read this book."
-- University of Notre Dame
"The Juvenilization of American Christianity provides a fine history of one of the most significant revolutions in twentieth-century Christianity. . . . Anyone concerned with the church and its ministries can learn from reading this book and reflecting on the changes that Bergler describes."
Rebecca de Schweinitz
-- author of If We Could Change the Word: Young People and America's Long Struggle for Racial Equality
"In exploring previously unexamined relationships between youth, politics, culture, and Christian traditions, Bergler greatly enriches our understanding of Christian youth programs and American religious history."
"A fascinating exploration of the places where Christianity and youth culture have intersected. . . . Will certainly be provocative both for the casual reader and for clergy, who may also appreciate the book's practical suggestions toward a solution."
-- Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
"Juvenilization is a long-overdue call to question our means, methods, and message. . . . Bergler shakes us awake and helps us see what's really happening in our youth ministries and churches."
Thomas E. Bergleris professor of ministry and missions at Huntington University, Indiana, where he has taught youth ministry courses for eleven years. He has considerable firsthand experience in various youth ministries and serves as senior associate editor for The Journal of Youth Ministry.
As a work of history, "Juvenilization" is very good and very thorough, charting all the influences - both from the culture and from within the church - that steered a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Barringer
I was told it was a good book by several people. Haven't had a chance to read it myself until the person I gave it as a gift to that requested it - finishes it herself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TJT
Great book on the history of the Christian youth movement in evangelical Christianity in America along with its good and bad effects for
future generations concerning... Read more
Excellent book on how the Church became what it is today in America. Author traces the historical progression from the 1930's up to today and how we have viewed youth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John D. Orris
I thought this book was quite insightful. It is descriptive of the shallow state of Christian formation in America and the trend continues.Published 8 months ago by Steve DeGangi
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It was very enlightening to see how the 30s through the 70s radically changed the church and brought vitality or decline. It was very insightful. Read morePublished 17 months ago by James
My husband and I found this book very well written and really appreciated the research and insight of our current problems. Think he hit a home run.Published 17 months ago by VP
The author had sporadic moments where good points were made. I would call the book juvenile and shallow. I bought the book because the introduction grabbed me. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Trejac