Faith for Exiles

5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon

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In a series of groundbreaking studies that led to two bestselling books, David Kinnaman and his team at Barna Group uncovered the reasons young people are increasingly resisting and rejecting the church. But the news isn't all bleak. Recent analysis of Barna's rich store of data reveals a hidden hope: the Church already has the resources to meet young people's deepest desires and most pressing needs--if only church leaders and Christian parents rediscover them and put them into practice.

In Faith for Exiles, David Kinnaman teams up with former executive director of Youth Specialties Mark Matlock to reveal five formational practices that have the power to cultivate resilient faith in the next generation. Drawing on groundbreaking insights and never-before-released data, Kinnaman and Matlock show readers that God has not given up on the next generation. In fact, the church is needed, now more than ever, to disciple, bless, and empower young Jesus followers--and to learn from them.

Defying the secularizing trends, these resilient young Christians are paving a faithful way forward in digital Babylon. Faith for Exiles offers Christians young and old the hope and real-world wisdom they're looking for as they navigate a rapidly changing, increasingly complex, post-Christian culture, as exiles together.

The Authors

  1. David Kinnaman

    David Kinnaman

    David Kinnaman is coauthor of unChristian, You Lost Me, and Good Faith. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to...

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  2. Mark Matlock

    Mark Matlock

    Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He is the principal at WisdomWorks a consulting firm dedicated to helping individuals, churches and faith-centered organizations leverage the transforming power...

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  3. Aly Hawkins

    Aly Hawkins

    ALY HAWKINS and her husband, Bryan Ashmore, live, write, and make music in Southern California. Aly is the author of Shine: Beautiful Inside and Out, as well as numerous articles. Married for five years, Aly and Bryan are passionate about living at the...

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Praise for You Lost Me

"The next generation is leaving institutional Christianity but they are drawn to movements of God that invest in relational discipleship. Kinnaman sounds the alarm while providing savvy advice on connecting with disaffected youth."--Leadership Journal, Top Book of 2011

"Kinnaman is unafraid to criticize in the name of reform, and he bolsters his research arguments with concrete suggestions for improvement. This practical problem-solving approach, along with his repeated assertion that 'every story matters' and his occasional touches of the personal--whether his own opinions and sympathies or excerpts from interviews--make the work a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of Christianity."--Publishers Weekly

Praise for

"This is a wonderful, thoughtful book that conveys difficult truths in a spirit of humility. Every Christian should read this, and it will likely influence the church for years to come."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This is an engaging, challenging, and morally compelling study, and it deserves a wide readership."--Library Journal

"unChristian could be a milestone on the way to a changed church--one that represents Christ in humility, love, grace, and service toward all. Essential reading for all Christian leaders."--CBA Retailers

"For leadership in all areas but especially in youth and young adult ministry, it's not just a read-through but an excellent reference to keep on hand."--Christian Retailing

Praise for
Good Faith

"A wise and accessible guide to 'being a Christian in the public square' today. For nearly a generation there have been voices calling the church to rethink its mission and life in the post-Christian West, but this volume brings those more general and academic discussions down to earth and up to date."--Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

"A landmark and thought-provoking read--that could become literal good faith through us to further a humble and winsome common good. A highly anticipated and needed must-read for every engaged thinker."--Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts and A Holy Experience

"A trustworthy guide through the emerging post-Christian order that neither denies the urgent reality of the bad news nor downplays the radical hope of the Good News. This prophetic book inspired me to rethink my own assumptions about how to live faithfully in our American exile."--Rod Dreher, journalist and author of the forthcoming The Benedict Option

"A timely reminder that Christians don't have to conform in order to survive. It encourages those of us with deep convictions not to cower but to boldly speak truth with wisdom and love. Radical followers of Jesus can be relevant."--Francis Chan, pastor, teacher, and author of You and Me Forever

"Speaks prophetically to the church by diagnosing our condition and prescribing a course of powerful treatment. God's people must practice Spirit-filled faithfulness in a culture defined by allegiance to self. This book is a trustworthy guide for that practice."--Christine Caine, author and founder of A21 Campaign

"Will equip you to live in a courageous, intelligent, loving, and faithful way in our changing culture that has grown less friendly to followers of Jesus."--Derwin Gray, pastor of Transformation Church and author of The HD Leader

"Calls Christians to use their faith to make society a better place, and more importantly, they equip us to walk in courage and hope. The Christian life is a counterculture journey, for it is a light shining in darkness. This is exactly what the world needs. It is impossible for light not to change darkness, unless that light is hidden."--Banning Liebscher, founding pastor of Jesus Culture

"Gives clarity to the challenges Christians face while inspiring us to recognize the power we have to rekindle a flame that will transform our world."--Richard Stearns, president of World Vision US and author of The Hole in Our Gospel