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The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Timothy Keller. Dutton, 2008./files/Book Covers/Fall 2006/Making Sense of Generation Y - Thumbnail.jpg




Making Sense of Generation Y: The World View of 15 - 25-year-olds. Church House Publishing, 2006. This book challenges many of the presuppositions the church has held about young people and how to effectively minister to them. Right or wrong, youth workers who read this book will be challenged and forced to reevaluate their ministry efforts.




The Unknown God: Searching for Spiritual Fulfillment.  Alister McGrath.  Eerdmans, 1999.  A Christian thinker responds to postmodern seekers with an apologetic designed to connect at the level of spiritual hunger and emotion.  Straightforward and easy to read, this is one of the best books addressed to the lost in today's world.  Youth workers should read this book not just for the content, but to experience McGrath's approach to evangelism.




Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns.  D.A. Carson.  Zondervan, 2000.  This is a collection of essays from a diverse group of scholars and ministry practitioners who seek to share the critical issues and challenges of sharing faith in the postmodern context.  This is a good intro collection for those wishing to begin an investigation of postmodernism in regards to the history of theology.





The Heart of Evangelism. Jerram Barrs.  Crossway Books, 2002.  Using the examples of Christ and the Apostle Paul, Bans offers a biblically grounded approach to evangelism that calls into question many of the "methods" that Christians and the church have been teaching and using in recent years.






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Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People. Esther Lightcap Meek. Brazos, 2003. This book takes a good look at epistemology, the study of knowledge, from a Christian perspective. Though philosophical, Meek has attempted to write this book for the "ordinary people," so that you can begin to understand what it actually means to know.





A Passion for the Truth: The Intellectual Coherence of Evangelicalism. Alister McGrath. InterVarsity, 1996. A theologian's call for evangelicals to use their minds, particularly in response to postmodernism and religious pluralism.




A Primer on Postmodernism. Stanley J. Grenz. Eerdmans, 1996. This might be the best overview of postmodern theory and thought available. Offers practical insights in understandable terms from a theology professor.





Culture Wars. James Davison Hunter. Basic Books, 1991. An in-depth analysis of the ideological struggle between competing world-views which is exhibiting itself in the battles over family, art, media, education, law, and politics in America. This book will help you understand how and why teens think and act the way that they do.





Engaging Unbelief: A Captivating Strategy from Augustine & Aquinas. Curtis Chang. InterVarsity, 2000. A strategy drawn from the work of Augustine and Aquinas for presenting the truth about Christ in a world that rejects all truth claims as arbitrary.





Generating Hope: A Strategy for Reaching the Postmodern Generation. Jimmy Long, InterVarsity, 1997. A veteran campus worker summarizes the intellectual/worldview context of today's emerging generations along with suggested ministry strategies. Highly recommended.




God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams. David Wells. Eerdmans, 1994. Shows how modernity has invaded and corrupted the church and offers a Biblical antidote so that the distinctives of Biblical faith are preserved.




How Now Shall We Live? Charles Colson. Tyndale House, 1999. A challenge to the church to integrate faith into all areas of live rather than live compartmentalized lives. Necessary reading if you are serious out impacting the postmodern world with the Gospel. A discussion guide is also available.




Jesus for a New Generation: Putting the Gospel in the Language of Xers. Kevin Graham Ford. InterVarsity, 1995. Perhaps the best and most practical guide that gets you "into" the hearts and minds of Xers. Filled with great advice and good stories that drive home each point. Especially helpful is Ford's overview of Postmodernism.





Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision. David Wells. Eerdmans, 1998. Another offering by Wells how the church has followed culture and what the church must do to regain its place as leader rather than a follower.




No Place for Truth: or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology. David Wells. Eerdmans, 1993. A straightforward challenge to the church from a leading theologian. In a day and age where truth is often shoved aside in favor of relevance, this is a book that must be read, digested, and studied by everyone in ministry. It's a heavy read -  but necessary.






Postmodern Pilgrims: First Century Passion for the 21st Century World. Leonard Sweet. Broadman & Holman, 2000. Addresses the major categories in which postmoderns think and offers strategies for effective ministry.





Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture. Gene Edward Veith, Jr. Crossway Books, 1994. An overview of the Postmodern world-view and with insight on how to effectively communicate the Gospel to postmodern hearts and minds that have been heavily influenced by moral relativism.





Retrofuture: Rediscovering Our Roots, Recharting Our Routes. Gerard Kelly. InterVarsity, 1999. A brilliant, readable, and concise analysis of how our world is changing and the implications of those changes for ministry in the postmodern world.





SoulTsunami: Sink or Swim in New Millennium Culture. Leonard Sweet. Zondervan, 1999. A look at the penetrating changes sweeping the culture at the dawn of the new millennium along with suggestions for what the church must become if it's going to maintain/recover its effectiveness.





The Contemporary Christian: Applying God's Word to Today's World. John Stott.  InterVarsity, 1992. By one of the 20th century's greatest theologians, this book challenges Christians to be both conservative and radical by being both Biblical and contemporary. Full of excellent principles for doing cross-cultural ministry. This book is available in the CPYU Resource Center.






The Post-Christian Mind: Exposing Its Destructive Agenda. Harry Blamires. Vine Books, 1999. An expose of the challenges the church and civilization face in the post-Christian era with particular attention to the role the media plays in promoting a post-Christian agenda.





The End of the World As We Know It: Clear Direction for Bold and Innovative Ministry in a Postmodern World. Chuck Smith Jr. Waterbrook, 2001. This is an easy to read, thorough and thoughtful discussion of the history and dynamics of Postmodernism on the individual, church and society. It's an excellent resource for developing evangelism for an increasingly different culture and world.





Truth Decay: Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism. Douglas Groothuis. InterVarsity, 2000. A strategy for defending and recovering the notion of objective truth in the current postmodern cultural climate. 






Truth is Stranger Than It Used to Be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern World.  J. Richard Middleton & Brian J. Walsh. InterVarsity, 1995. An insightful and helpful description and analysis of postmodernism along with suggestions for Biblical and culturally relevant response.








Life After God.  Douglas Coupland.  Pocket Books, 1994.  This novel offers an eye-opening first person look into and under the values, attitudes and behaviors of today's teenagers and young adults. A must read!





Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.  Anne Lamott.  Pantheon, 1999.  A first-person account of the struggle to understand and experience Christian faith in today's postmodern world.  A must-read for those steeped in the current American evangelical church subculture.




Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X.  Tom Beaudoin.  Jossey-Bass, 1998.  A young Gen-X theologian offers insight into the spiritual quest of young adults along with a challenge to the church and a challenge to Xers themselves.  Readers interested in understanding the spirituality of millennial kids will find the book helpful as well.





Why Johnny Can't Tell Right From Wrong.  William Kilpatrick.  Simon and Schuster, 1992.  A guidebook for parents who desire to address the social problems of today's teens through moral education.