Your Church is Too Safe: Why Following Christ Turns the World Upside-Down
(Zondervan, 2012) by Mark Buchanan
The Facts: Taking off from his award-winning book, Your God is Too Safe, Buchanan's latest book calls the church to more high-risk, high-reward expressions of faith. Mining biblical and contemporary stories, Buchanan makes a case for a church that is radically engaged in the world.
The slant: Buchanan longs for something more than "a roomful of people nodding to old platitudes … allergic to self-denial." While many are calling for a purer, more revolutionary form of church, what sets Buchanan apart is that he's no armchair critic or ivory tower intellectual lobbing idealistic manifestos from safe distance. Rather, as a full-time pastor, he's living out his message in the context of the local church. He sketches a vision of a church that truly follows Christ. His arresting prose is sprinkled with powerful anecdotes from his own life and ministry. -Drew Dyck
Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults: Life-Giving Rhythms for Spiritual
Transformation (IVP, 2012) by Richard R. Dunn and Jana L. Sundene
The Facts: An appeal for mature Christians to befriend and shepherd members of the younger generation. Dunn and Sundene address the "failure to launch" syndrome bedeviling Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000), and then offer a roadmap for older Christians to help. They give advice on helping 20-somethings with their careers, relationships, and spiritual lives, interspersing counsel with stories of real-life young people and the challenges they face.
The slant: Most reading about the Millennials is grim. We're told they're lazy, indulged, irresponsible, and worst of all, blissfully blind to their foibles. Amid ...