mY Generation: a Real Journey of Change and Hope by Josh James Riebock was the latest stronghold to fall in my weekend book-reading assault. Josh was our camp speaker last summer and it was fun to see his personality come through in his book. Relationships are key to Josh’s life – it seems like each section of each chapter focuses on a friend of his and what he learned about life and God from that person and their experiences. If you are a friend of Josh and were disappointed didn’t make the cut this book, I’m sure you’ll be in the follow-up – seems like being friends with Josh could easily land you in his writings, so look out! I’m not a huge fan of books that try to characterize an entire generation but really enjoyed Josh’s take on spirituality and faith through the eyes of the 20-30 year old community.
In light of today’s survey and analysis about spirituality vs. religion in the Millenials, the book feels timely and fresh. I couldn’t help but think about the book UnChristian as I read these pages, it felt like Josh was unpacking the back-story behind the findings in that fantastic earlier work. I especially like the chapters on community and authenticity, but the chapter on forgiveness is the best in the book. Just when you think Josh has it all together and is nearly perfect – he goes after himself with honesty and openness that invites you to hear his observations about God through the eyes of the next generation. Well written, honest, funny – I really liked his take on the Christian faith and life illustrated by stories from his friends of the Y Generation. A good read!