From Publishers Weekly
Inspired by, and supported with, a foreword by David Kinnaman, author of the bestselling unChristian, this tandem book/DVD puts faces on Kinnaman's findings of Christianity's image problem. In four cities, the authors interviewed Christians, but also agnostics, atheists, Muslims, gays, and other groups Christians are believed to reject. At the heart of the problem, they've discovered, is a Christian "swagger" that repels would-be Christians. They advocate the persuasive power of listening and truly liking people, choosing to use the word "like" rather than the over-used "love." In their words: "Jesus is the God who likes people." Each chapter includes tie-ins to the DVD interviews and a reader's guide for discussion. The book's narrative that recreates the road trip the authors took to do their interviews seems indulgent and boring. But the combined impact of the book and DVD is stunning: the authors have heard and noted important ways Christians can improve their outreach by being more like Jesus, who meets people where they are.¯
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
From the Back Cover
According to statistics, young adults are more disenchanted with the church than ever.
Beyond the statistics are the stories
--real people with real opinions and real experiences. These people are more than just numbers. They are your son or daughter, the barista at your favorite café, a young co-worker, the college student you sit next to at church.
What would happen if we took the time to listen to them?
Listening and trying to understand someone's perspective is time consuming and often challenging. And we may never agree with those other perspectives. But as friends, parents, grandparents, and mentors, we must find ways to bridge the gap and connect with young people.
The future of the church depends on it.Enhance Your Experience of the Book with Videos Online: www.OutsiderInterviews.com