Whether you’re a Christian parent, youth leader, or educator who works with Generation Z, this book was written for you. As powerful ideas in our increasingly secular culture shape more of this generation, trusted leaders must share what they know about Jesus in ways that will reach them. But how? Backed by the latest research and first hand experience, this powerful book shows how to share biblical truth with a generation that desperately needs to hear it in a way that draws them in instead of pushing them away.
Written by two youth influencers and experts on Generation Z, Sean McDowell, Ph.D., and J. Warner Wallace, So the Next Generation Will Know is an extraordinarily practical and relatable guide for anyone concerned with ensuring the next generation understands and embraces a biblical worldview.
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About the Author
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, speaker, and author. He is a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. J. Warner and Susie Wallace also write popular apologetics books for kids and created the award-winning Case Makers Academy (www.CaseMakersAcademy.com).
Table of ContentsForeword by Nick Foles 19
LOVE SACRIFICES 23
DO YOU LOVE ME? 29
Making Young People Our Priority
LOVE RESPONDS 31
Examining the Challenge Before Us
LOVE UNDERSTANDS 47
Recognizing the Uniqueness of This Generation
LOVE RELATES 63
Connecting with the Hearts of Young People
LOVE EQUIPS 79
Giving Kids a Worldview That Brings Significance
WILL YOU SHOW ME? 99
Preparing Young People for the Future
LOVE IGNITES 101
Developing a Passion for Truth
LOVE TRAINS 119
Resisting the Desire to Entertain Rather Than Train
LOVE EXPLORES 139
Providing Life-Changing Adventures for Students
LOVE ENGAGES 161
Preparing Students through Movies, Music, Social Media, and
LOVE BEGINS 177
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
if you love the youth in your life and truly want to see them moving toward healthy God like followers of the way, then read, no, study this book!
McDowell and Wallace have crafted an inspiring launchpad not only for parents and youth leaders but truly anyone who takes seriously Christ's Great Commission. Indeed, to make disciples of all nations includes the one in which you live--and that requires reaching across generational divides. Rather than take the easy path of merely expounding the flaws of Gen Z, the authors seek to guide readers in understanding the intellectual and emotional lives of today's youth. This understanding provides the key to authentic engagement, apart from which we are left with mere generational battles and fruitless back-and-forth. For example, McDowell and Wallace challenge us to recall the defining moments of our own generation while considering what has shaped the worldview of Gen Z to create paths for meaningful dialogue. After familiarizing readers with common worldview assumptions of Gen Z, McDowell and Wallace provide practical steps for engagement, such as going beyond the content of Christianity to explain why we know this is true and why that matters. The authors also provide guidance for leading youth, including worldview mission trips focused on leading youth to reach others, as well. The authors even include sample itineraries and other resources for those interested in such events. In short, this is an excellent handbook for understanding, engaging, and leading those in today's youth generation. I wish this book had been available when I was a youth minister. As a father and Vice President of an apologetics organization focused on mentoring today's youth, I am nevertheless grateful to have it today!
So The Next generation Will Know should be read by anyone working with teens who wishes to equip them with a biblical worldview in them. It was such as easy read that I finished the book in about 3 days. Packed with the latest research and statistics on teens, So The Next Generation Will Know is a valuable resource for those with a genuine care for GenZ. Using their wealth of experience and cutting-edge strategies, Sean and J. Warner provide an excellent guide for positively impacting “GenZers.” In addition to the research-driven information on Generation Z, So The Next Generation Will Know also provides an appendix filled with resources and examples for training and teaching.
Read this book whether you work with youth or not! Why? #1 Because the first thing I realized, and repented of, is that I don’t really like, nor do I understand the young people of the next generation. By chapter 3 , I developed more respect for them and better realized their challenges and strengths. #2. This book helped me see the weakness in youth groups throughout our country because of our focus on fun and relationships instead of truth. #3 The absolute best part of the the book is the practical guide to how to teach truth and essential Christian Worldview, and then use the knowledge. I really believe the missing piece in youth groups today is the practical application of Christian Truth in a hurting world. It will take a lot of prayer, planning, and commitment from youth workers as well as the students, but following the plans outlined in this book will grow up believers who will see God changing lives. This generation wants an adventure, and I believe Sean and J. Warner’s advice will give them that.
As a pediatrician who sees many adolescents, I found the book insightful and accurate regarding the overall characteristics of Gen Z young adults and teenagers. In having a lot of experience with this age group myself, I still learned aspects of this generation that I was either unaware of or hadn't yet synthesized my thoughts about so the book was quite enlightening on that regard. It also clicked with me in being an accurate assessment of this age group generally. The second part of the book is advice and counsel to Christian educators, parents, and youth group leaders about how to effectively engage Gen Z'ers in thoughtfully assessing the Christian worldview and suggesting practical ways to help guide this generation in being able to withstand the onslaught of other worldviews, especially as they go off to atheist indoctrination camp--oops, I mean the universities. One weak spot in this book is that both authors live in southern California where they have fairly easy access to many options for engaging with people of other worldviews (Berkeley, anyone? The LDS core in Salt Lake City, etc) as well as all the fun social (beaches, Disneyland) and athletic (snowboarding, surfing) arenas Gen Z'ers can participate in to bond their youth groups. Other parts of the country don't have these easy options, so giving some ideas of how to do this when the youth are in a rural area far from anything (the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska, etc) would be an added benefit in a future edition of the book. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book is worth buying. It's a quick read and worth the money. I would have paid for the book to get the information contained within.
I absolutely loved this book and found it both encouraging and insightful. As a mom of 4, I felt inspired but not overwhelmed with the amount of information or teaching methods presented because every thing seems very doable. Throughout this book, I felt like my eyes were opened even wider than they were two years ago when my family experienced some rough hits from culture while living in Scottsdale, AZ. However, after I finished So The Next Generation Will Know I felt motivated that I can (and Lord-willing, will) lead my children to live a life that both honors God and adapts a biblical worldview. So The Next Generation Will Know has empowered me to “make a difference” and I think it will empower you, too. As a parent and follower of Jesus, we need more Christian resources like this and influencers like Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace but for now, I will praise this book for the life-impacting potential it possesses for those closest to me. If you feel discouraged by the things you witness day-to-day in the media, online or in every day life, I hope you will feel led to carry your cross and do your part to enlighten the world. As a millennial and a parent to four Gen Zers, I truly believe our culture is at a crossroads – we can continue on the path we’ve been traveling on for the last few decades or we can rise up and light up the world. In my heart of hearts, I am praying and working towards a revolution. I hope you and those in your sphere of influence will join me in investing in the young souls who outnumber the rest of our population. * I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.