Wednesday, December 7, 2011
More Lost than Found
More Lost than Found by Jared Herd attempts to address the problem of young people leaving the church as they grow older. I was expecting to find a list of reasons and suggestions to addressing them, but what I found was something different. The author begins with his own faith journey, but most of the book directly addresses those who have walked away from Christianity and attempts to meet their concerns.
While I do not fall into that category, I was interested to see how he would address those issues. He begins with the understanding that many people have misconceptions of Jesus stemming from their early experiences with Jesus—a point engagingly made in another book I recently read “Imaginary Jesus.” He goes on to make a case that Christianity is more than the structure and institution that has grown up around it. In the words of C.S. Lewis, he attempts to “strip away stained-glass and Sunday School associations.”
HIs success in this attempt is debatable. While I read the book quickly enough, I did not find it that engaging, and his main points are not that memorable. Overall, I thought it was interesting, but I think there might be better resources on the topic.
I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze but was not obliged to give a positive review.