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ALREADY GONE - REVIEWED



ALREADY GONE
By Ken Ham and Britt Beemer
Published by: Master Books
189 Pages


Back Cover: The next generation is already calling it quits on traditional church. If you look around in your church today, two-thirds of the young people who are sitting among us have already left in their hearts; soon they will be gone for good.

This is the alarming conclusion from the study "Answers in Genesis" commissioned from America’s Research Group, led by respected researcher Brit Beemer. The results may unnerve you—

REVIEW: In the front of this book are pictures of beautiful churches in England that have been transformed. They show a church in the United Kingdom turned into a rock climbing center, one in England turned into a night club, one a restaurant and still another a theater.

The authors talk about a shift in society, “The decline of the Church has followed the plummeting spirituality of a nation that has lost its roots—its foundation. England, the country that was once a cornerstone of western Christianity, is now, by and large, a wasteland of lost souls, where the word “God” has many different definitions, with so few these days who would even think of “God” as the Creator God of the bible….Few people are aware that the same epidemic that has hit England has reach our own shores, spreading like an unstoppable virus.”

Got your attention? It did mine. Definition of “Epidemic—1. A disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously; 2. Anything which takes possession of the minds of people as an epidemic does of their bodies; as, an epidemic of terror.

The authors describe this “Epidemic” and show the results of surveys done that brought them to this conclusion. It’s an eye opener. There wasn’t ONE major thing that was happening that would point to something they could fix, but it did give areas to concentrate on.

At the end of this book is a resource you can use to help spread the love and joy of Christ and get people back in a relationship with God...or start in that direction anyway. Welcome to the Revolution - the hope. What does it look like? The authors give resources to parents and what they can do to help their children have a relationship with God and keep it. There is also a guide to help Christian Educators, Youth Pastors and even the Pastor.

The end of the book includes pictures of churches throughout American that have been abandoned and and being used as something else - just like in England. One church is used for the Historical Society, one a business office, one a Musical Instrument store, one a Martial Arts College, and yet another as a Town Hall. The virus has hit American shores. This book gives hope, areas we can work on and practical ways we can stop this epidemic. We are all the body of Christ, called to define the word and live it.

(I signed up for this blog tour and received a copy of this book)

Nora St.Laurent
ACFW Book Club Coordinator

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