This book was written for people like me who grew up in church who need to realize that our faith has to become our own. They talk about trashing the checklist of everything you should do to be a good Christian, finding true community, and being honest about our secret sins.
"Hand-me-down faith may work when things are going well, but when pressures and problems hit, what you thought you believed will crumble" (5).
In the chapter entitled "Sick of Secrets", they hit on something that I have experienced in church: "We are so ready to let the world know when God is doing great things. Yet when things take a turn for the worse, we keep it hidden. What are we so afraid of" (53)?
My favorite chapter was “Question Everything”. “Behind the ‘Where are You?’ questions often lies a more fundamental one: ‘Who are You?” (121). God is not afraid of your doubts or questions.
“It seems like modern society is striving to eliminate risk and make comfort and safety the ultimate goal” (145).
“It took us a long time to understand that church wasn’t a building or a pastor or a sermon series. It’s easy to point out everything wrong with the church when you stand outside it and approach it with a consumer mentality” (176).
Each chapter ended with testimonies from other young adults, questions to think about, and a few action step suggestions.
You can check out more about the book (including a free download of the first chapter): firsthandbook.com.
I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.