Another book this year that caught me off guard (in a good way)! More Lost Than Found: Finding a Way Back to Faith, by Jared Herd, was not the book that I was expecting to read, and I am so glad that this was the case! Herd starts with giving some quick glimpses into his past and some moments that shook his faith, and the relationships he had with his family and the church. He then proceeds to give a fresh perspective on faith, the church, social and cultural influences, where both the church and America are headed, and where he feels we need to go. His views and insights are full of references from pop culture, technology, philosophy, psychology, and lots of scripture; which brings a surprisingly strong, authoritative dialogue on issues not normally tackled by young ministers (at least not with any success).
I was expecting more of an autobiographical book that took some time to complain about the institution, and then offer some pie-in-the-sky ideologies for the chruch that would never work. Instead, I found myself totally immersed in the story and dialogue of a man that, not only is my age, but spoke my language (and I don’t just mean English). His illustrations from my generation, or rather our generation. The simplicity of his message was coupled with insight and understanding that caught me by surprise, which makes for a great read. I was challenged in my approach to real, authentic faith, and would recommend this book to anyone seeking to experience the same.
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