Last year, I heard Ken Ham's Already Gone presentation online. Listening to the data collected showing how Christian young people are leaving the church at an alarming rate- many in their elementary and middle school years- was sobering. I had the opportunity to review the book Already Gone, and reading about this trend is just as sobering.
In Already Gone, Ken Ham relates and interprets data collected by Brit Beemer's research organization which interviewed 1000 twenty-somethings who had left the church and looked at just why this happened. Ham and Beemer take a look at the reasons young people are leaving the church and what parents, children's ministry leaders, youth leaders, and pastors can do.
I thought this was an extremely well-written book. The data collected was presented clearly- in anecdotal as well as statistical form. The recommendations given were clear and easy to begin to implement. The Appendix has a great list of resources and a short summary of the entire research study. As a parent, I am impressed anew with the awesome responsibility I have to make sure my children are growing in the Lord and to insure that they do not join the ranks of the already gone.
I received a free copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.