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The Millennials: Connecting to America's Largest Generation Hardcover – January 1, 2011
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About the Author
Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies in the world. Also a respected pastor and researcher, he has written more than twenty books and coauthored the No. 1 best seller Simple Church. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons, are proud new grandparents, and live in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jess Rainer is the Administration and Outreach Pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, TN. He is the co-author of The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts from Southeastern Seminary. Jess and his wife, Rachel, have two sons.
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The Rainers do what they do very well. The book is written with an engaging style that keeps the mountains of statistical data from boggling the mind or lulling it to sleep. Thom and Jess intersperse statistical survey data with enough personal interview highlights to keep the text flowing and keep the numbers making sense. At the end of each chapter, the authors offer summaries and conclusions that keep the reader tracking with their findings.
Negatively, this book is a statistically-driven work. If you do not like stats and demographic analysis, you probably will not enjoy this book. You can certainly still benefit from it if you will give it your time, but if numbers make your head spin, this work will not keep your attention.
The authors also acknowledge that no amount of statistical analysis can ever predict what God will do in and through a generation. So, while the work is helpful to show us that those born between 1980 and 1991 (the book limits itself to the older Millennial generation) are looking to make a difference in the world, tend to dislike institutional religion that does not impact the community, tend to shy away from harsh-sounding truth claims, and treasure their relationships with their families, we cannot know for sure what the Lord might do with such a generation. As the authors make clear, this generation is the least churched of any in American history.Read more ›
If you know the Millennials, many of the conclusions seem to have validity. Millennials and older "Xes" that I know, as well as those depicted in popular culture, socialize and consult with their parents, are skeptical of institutional religion, accept diversity, etc. The authors give some statistics for these and other conclusions, but without more complete data on the method and the subject pool, the conclusions are diminished.
One area I'm skeptical about is in the section on money. It is well documented that the Millennials have significant college debt and this is not even hinted at, suggesting that the 1200 member study group is skewed to either an upper middle class that has not had to borrow for an education and/or to those who have not had much education beyond high school. I'd be interested not only the demographics of the sample, but also the survey questions and if they really help define the Millennials on this topic.
The authors take continuous swipes at the Baby Boomers. For instance, the Boomers anti-authoritarian streak is negatively contrasted with the respect of the Millennials' respect for authority. It should be noted that the Boomers had reason to challenge authority. Authority structures were replete with institutional, de facto, legal and cultural racism and sexism.Read more ›
The book presents a fascinating snapshot of the views and priorities of American young adults on a wide variety of topics. In addition to statistics the book quotes extensively from their interviews. Some of the responses in areas like respect for authority will likely come as a surprise. Responses to some other topics like organised religion are predictable but it still may be helpful to hear the conclusions in such to the point terms.
I am somewhat skeptical of some of the conclusions about how the millennial generation is going to change society for the better. While I don't doubt the good intentions of many of the interview subjects, I am not convinced that the intentions will be as well acted on as the authors believe.
I "read" this book in audio format. While the narration was clear and easy enough to listen to, it didn't really work well for me in audio. I think this was mostly to do with all the quotes.
If you are interacting with young adults in the workplace or ministry this could be a good resource to help you understand them better. Others may find it interesting but a bit long.
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Lots of good information. I would recommend for anyone who is any kind of leadership role in business, church or organization.Published 14 days ago by Scott Williams
The book is insightful and the survey descriptions add value to what they are saying!
Recommended read for church leaders and anyone dealing with The millennial so.
Half the Millennials generation described in repetitive chapters, good read. Could have been strengthened by covering the younger half also and less repetition of information.Published 1 month ago by Jay McCall
The Millenials is a helpful book for pastors and church leaders preparing to minister to the Millenial generation.
Timely information and great insights.
As a Millennial-American Sociologist and Post-Punk Musician and Activist, I cannot say enough how this book offends me and how this book does not do enough to heal the rifts within... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dorm Sociologist, Madison WI GO BADGERS
For anyone wanting to learn about this millennial generation, this is a great book for it. Even though millennial a are still young with a long way to go before they can be fully... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joshua Hagan
This is a good summary of their research. Anyone serving Millennials needs to read this.Published 5 months ago by Paul
Fantastic read...especially the last few chapters. It helps us old people understand the Millenial generation.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer