Firsthand by Ryan and Josh Shook is a book for any person who is concerned with why the young people are leaving the church after graduation. I had the privilege of being on of the persons surveyed for this book, about a crisis time in my life.
Josh and Ryan are PK’s, Preachers Kids, raised in a minister’s home with the usual expectations of behavior and faith, how things were supposed to be. In time they realized they were going through the motions, following rules, keeping up appearances but were hungry and desperate for more.
They did like many so many other young people. They ventured out and began to look for something else to fill that void, they lived as if God didn’t exist. Ultimately they realized they were even more restless and discontented than before.
Barna Group, after research, found this generation is dissatisfied with traditional Christianity. Josh and Ryan, after talking to others kids who grew up in church, found they often lack a firsthand meaningful relationship with God.
Wanting to help others get a Firsthand faith of their own, is the purpose behind this book. Thus the title which comes from Job 42:5 (Msg) “I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand.”
This is a must read for all in leadership in any church, especially those who work with our youth. I highly recommend it.