Book review: The Millennials, by Thom S. Rainer and Jess W. Rainer.

As a college pastor, I am continually trying to understand the people I have been called to shepherd (myself included). This is the book I’ve been waiting for: a fresh study on my generation, from a humble perspective of those trying to reach them with the gospel. This book was authored by Thom Rainer and Jess Rainer, a Boomer and a Millennial, respectively. Their age differences offer wisdom, insight, and differing viewpoints needed for one generation to understand the other.

The Millennials is a collection of stats, interviews, and research on those born roughly between 1980 and 1990. The Rainers look intently at the most important issues that have formed the identity of the world’s largest generation, and the demographic of which the entire world wants a piece. Some of the issues involve significance, transparency, reconciliation, the workplace, and spirituality. But no other issue is more important to a Millennial than relationships. The Rainers explore this throughout their book, shedding light on ways that we can reach out to, understand, and be positively influenced by what will become one of the most powerful generations the world has ever seen.

I gave this book the highest rating possible. I’m not sure how other people decide their 5-star rating system, but mine is particular, and since I gave this book 5 stars, you should also know why I did. A five-star rating means it fulfilled all the below requirements for me when I read a book.

  1. Did it have something important to say? (Or do I feel like I read this book before?)
  2. Was it well written? (Not?)
  3. Was it cohesive? (Or did I get lost?)
  4. Was it consistent? (Or was there wasted space?)
  5. Is it relevant to MY niche? (Or just simply a good book?)
This is a well-written treatment of a particular section of the population that I happen to love: Millenials. It is clear, consistent, and honest leading up to its conclusions, and will help me restructure much of my past methodology in trying to connect with college students.

If you want to connect with this generation, you absolutely must read this book. It is only available in Kindle edition, but it is currently FREE. Order now before they mark up the price.

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Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB. He is committed to spreading the value of our union with Christ in Santa Barbara, through the expository preaching of God's Word. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting People, or Daisy Love and the Magic Eraser. You can follow Chris on twitter at @LazoChris.

Posted on June 20, 2011, in mission, personal, reading and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. sahweeeeeeeeeet. just “bought” the book on my ipad! stoked to read it!

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