Brothers Ryan and Josh Shook reached that breaking point. Their book, Firsthand, is a smart, honest and deeply felt journey that invites you to leave behind handed-down beliefs and find authentic faith. A faith that lets go of how things are supposed to be. A faith that refuses to be defined by expectations or subcultures.
"Our goal is to help you replace secondhand religion with a meaningful relationship," write the Shooks. "We want to help you get from a religion that you wear on the outside to a faith of your own - one that’s authentically yours all the way through."
Young people are leaving the church in record numbers, but Ryan and Josh know now that it doesn’t have to be that way. They spent the past several years gathering research, trying to figure out the issues that make the most difference in whether a young person’s Christian faith sticks or not. They surveyed over 300 respondents on the really hard questions. Questions like:
In these pages, you’ll hear from the Shooks about their own struggles with these questions, along with the life-changing answers they’ve discovered from the Bible and personal experience. You’ll hear from other Christ followers, too, about their search for firsthand faith. And each chapter is designed to be shared - to spark a discussion with your friends.
"Firsthand faith is the only kind that lasts because it’s centered deep in your own mind and heart," write Ryan and Josh. "Sure, it’s still a work in progress, but it’s yours. It’s you. In fact, firsthand faith is so real and personal that when hard times hit, it just gets stronger."