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Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in Their 20s and 30s Paperback – September 1, 2007
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About the Author
Mike has a Master's Degree in Religious Education from Fordham University. He has served as President of the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association, Board Member and Project Manager at the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University, and as a consultant to dioceses.
He and his family live in Buffalo where Mike is the Campus Minister at St. Joseph University Parish and SUNY Buffalo's South Campus as well as a retreat director for the national Charis Ministries, a Jesuit ministry to those in their 20s and 30s.
Top Customer Reviews
Another unique feature of this book is the middle section, which offers in-depth profiles of a sampling of young adults. I'm someone who is fascinated by others' experiences of faith, so this section was a real treat. It's also a great way to put a "face" on the ideas discussed throughout the book.
One last reason I enjoyed this book: when I was getting my teaching credential, one of my professors told us to think about past teachers we'd had, and the teaching methods they'd used that had worked for us. She then told us that we needed to learn how to teach in a way that was totally the opposite of that. Her point was that kids learn in a variety of different ways, and that if we fixate only on the methods that worked for us, we won't reach a huge number of our students. This book makes the same point with regards to faith. Everyone engages with their faith in a different way, and if we want to effectively minister to young adults, we need to provide a variety of ways for them to connect with their faith community (sponsoring all-night Adoration, organizing volunteer trips to the soup kitchen, etc.). That's such a crucial message, and this book does a great job of communicating it.
Reviewed by ERIN RYAN, National Catholic Reporter
These days, there seems to be a lot of discussion in church circles about how young people are the future of the church and a lot of consternation about what Catholics can do to bring them in. However, most church ministry programs for young people tend to focus on teenagers or children. Two recent books speak to the young adults in our midst.
In his book for youth ministers, Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20s and 30s, author Mike Hayes makes it clear that young adults are more than just the church's "future." They are the church now.
Mr. Hayes is the associate director of Paulist Young Adult Ministries and the managing editor and cofounder of the savvy bustedhalo.com Web site for Catholics in their 20s and 30s. His book provides a close look at young adults in two specific generations: those in the often cynical, questioning "Generation X," defined here as people born between 1964 and 1979, and "Millenials," defined as people born after 1980, who are more often concerned with rules and order.
In Part One of Googling God, Mr. Hayes, who says he belongs to Generation X, explores how these two generations have been shaped by events in the world around them. Then, taking a cue from Mary Anne Reese in America and a symposium paper by Fr. Jim Bacik, he offers seven classifications or orientations that can be applied to young adult Catholics: eclipsed, private, ecumenical, evangelical, prophetic, sacramental and communal.
Part Two of Googling God contains interviews with 12 young men and women ages 22 to 39, six in each of the two generations. Most are practicing Catholics, but some have stopped going to church.Read more ›
There have been relatively few books published examining these spiritual trends among these young-adult generations, especially through a distinctly Catholic lens. However, in the last handful of years, a few books have been trickling out examining these distinct movements of faith. Mike Hayes--a long-time young-adult minister in the Catholic Church--has contributed to these explorations by writing his own practical guide on young-adult spirituality, "Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20's and 30's" (Paulist Press, 208 pages, $16.95).
As the title of the book hints at, many young-adults enter the realm of God through their internet browser. Typing "God" into Google will yield more than 525 million results, while searching for "church" returns more than 383 million offerings. Yet, as Hayes points out, the Church has done relatively little to tap into these realities; the Church needs much growth in seeking out and ministering to young-adults, both within and beyond the Church.
"Googling God" is split up into three sections.Read more ›
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Great book correlating religion and contemporary social media. It is useful in understanding world-view of a new generation and how to spiritually relate.Published on September 26, 2013 by Jermaine Mckinley
This book failed to impress on a variety of levels. First of all the book is written from the Roman Catholic perspective, and everything in it is oriented towards Roman... Read morePublished on October 27, 2010 by Paul A. Nelson