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Christianity has an image problem.

Christians are supposed to represent Christ to the world. But according to the latest report card, something has gone terribly wrong. Using descriptions like "hypocritical," "insensitive," and "judgmental," young Americans share an impression of Christians that's nothing short of . . . unChristian.

Find out why these negative perceptions exist, learn how to reverse them in a Christlike manner, and discover practical examples of how Christians can positively contribute to culture.

©2007 David Kinnaman (P)2007 christianaudio.com

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  • Andrew
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 06-16-12

A Wake Up Call to the Christian Right

Mr. Kinnaman has a wake up call for contemporary Christianity. There really is a call to action -- but it's not the one that the politically connected of conservative Christianity has been screaming for so long. It is a call to become... more like Christ (*GASP*).

The author has some very solid research to back up his position as well. Through extensive interviews with younger Christians and outsiders of the post-Baby Boomer generations, he makes a very solid position that these young people see Christianity acting in some very un-Christlike ways. And it's turning them away from Christ in droves.

He then proceeds to make an excellent case based upon this research that there are some very appropriate and Christian things that contemporary Christianity can (and in my personal opinion, should) to better reflect faith in Christ to these outsiders

Narration and production are as I have always had from audible -- impeccable.

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Good and Bad

While I really like the heart of this book and the basic concepts it promotes, it has the tendency to be very ageist at times, and in some ways continues the attitude it talks about throwing out (talking about being humble and non-judgmental, while using somewhat prideful, arrogant tones). I still think it's a great book for Christians to read, but it falls flat in the potential it has in the message by being overly careful not to offend its base of readers. It takes *some* of the blame for things Christians have done to tarnish their image, but not quite enough. Much of the blame still seems placed on "outsiders" and their "ignorance."

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Good Concept, Gracious Approach

I appreciated the authors balanced views when it came to discussing the issues that "outsiders" have with Christians. He's a well meaning fellow with some good insights. I feel that what he has to say is mostly helpful, but perhaps overdone. The chapter titles give the outline of the book. I didn't find myself overly challenged as I hold most of the views of the "outsiders" (a term I don't particularly like, but I understand the use). The author is definitely conservative... I lean more "liberal" than he does if we are using labels (which I also don't like). So I get were he's coming from, I've been there. The dialogue is a good one. I'm interests to see how the research has changed since it's a decade since these studies took place.

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My heart was forever changed

This book was very well done very well written and very well narrated... I appreciate all the extensive research and the integrity and honesty of presenting The fax. I am a mom of a 29-year-old and my son became a Christian when he was 13 years old. I can see my sons life in the pages of this book i'm grateful for reading it because it helps me to understand where my son is coming from and why he thinks the way that he does about Christianity and Christians in general even more how he feels and what he thinks about me and my faith. my son no longer attends church and has no desire to since he was 18 years old... He had a few bad experiences in the youth ministry he was a part of looking at the lives of those Who claimed to be lovers of Christ treated his friends that were "" outsiders. this book helped me to take a look at my Faith and decide to make changes in my life that are more in line with Christ and his examples of love. I gave this book 5 stars because it deserves hire and my life is changed forever because of it. I would recommend this book to all Christians in the faith Who are looking for a Reformation or restoration in your life. Amen?!

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  • Mario
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • 09-17-10

If you truly love people, download this

This book deals withe the core problems that people have with Chrisitaninty. In a nutshell the problem that they have is Christians who are not acting with love toward this lost and dying world. There are tons of statistical data that support the points that David Kinnaman makes which goes far beyond him simply expressing his own opinions. The data gathered and interviews that he has done show what people are thinking and saying about Christianity. Weather their perceptions are true or not, this is the way that we are perceived by our world. To be able to reach someones heart, you need to understand their point of view. I found that I had some pretty innacurate assumtions about what people were thinking about Christ, Christianity, and Christians like myself. If you truly love people and want to reach them with the love and mercy of Christ you despeartely need this book, as much as they need you to read it.

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Important data, worth reading despite annoyances

The authors present important polling data that can help Christians see our faults and misconceptions that apparently are much more obvious to those around us. The data and the interpretation of the data is the best gift the authors can offer, since they are expert pollsters. The data is especially helpful in better understanding the perceptions of younger Americans, who are the focus of the book.
The rub is that the authors tend to extend their comments and opinions beyond their expertise and take on the role of preacher and theologian as well as analyst. They will strike some as relentless in criticisms and perhaps even judgmental in their assertions, though they seem to be good and genuine men who clearly do not want to do this, since that's essentially what they're trying to correct in others. What might also help is a greater awareness of their own cultural and political biases and personal preferences--they seem like they might be a lot more like the urban hipster, left-leaning, latte-sipping Starbucks crowd, for example, than the rural, conservative National Rifle Association crowd. And the book could probably be a third of its length with more concise writing and a better sense of how much negative information people can absorb in one book.
Despite those annoyances, the book remains an important and valuable read in that it addresses head-on, and with solid data to back up its contentions, serious flaws in the modern Church that have the potential to affect many individual lives for now and eternity.

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A Must Read for Christians!

Whether you are called to ministry or not, this book provides amazing insight in what "outsiders" think about Christians and what Christians think about both "outsiders" and other Christians. I love the amount of insight the book provides especially since it is based on both experience and marketing/statistical data. If you want to reach others and have meaningful relationships with them, then read this book. I enjoyed this book so much that I have decided to purchase a physical book so I can retain the statistics and to quote the book.

If you no longer want to be a "spiritual headhunter" and forge relationships and truly disciple, then read unChristian.

Let me leave you with one of my favorite parts from the book, "My personal commitment to transforming this negative perception is that I have stopped letting political and religious organizations represent me on this issue. I have decided to represent myself and by doing so I hope to accurately representation Christ. In my humble understanding of Jesus and the New Testament, I see a man who sought to restore relationships not destroy them. A man of compassion who was crazy in love with what the religious of His day deemed the “wrong crowd”."

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Eye opening

This book tackled the core struggles of Christianity as a faith today, and why it is on the decline.

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unChristian

Interesting statistics this book shows explaining why the younger adults abandoned church and God. The results point a finger back toward the church and the Christians within. The corrections will take years to fix. Are you up to the challenge?

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Mind blown

Wow, it really good and thought provoking. Must have for anyone or any Christian to have.

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  • Jonathan
  • 02-14-15

Essential listening for thinking Christians

Very interesting exposé of how Christians are viewed by young Americans who aren't "in the club". The book then goes on to examine where this image has come from and suggest how we can break down barriers which have grown up.

As a Brit, I recognised a lot of the thoughts and trends in my own culture too.

My one complaint is that, like many audiobooks, the divisions on the recording bear no relation to the chapters in the book, making it tricky to navigate. Is it really so difficult for production companies to make 1 chapter = 1 track?