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Several months ago I was able to participate in a survey done by Josh and Ryan Shook for their book- Firsthand. The premise of the book is to explore the topic of secondhand faith- meaning it's just your parents', your church's, your youth leader's- versus firsthand faith- faith you've established for yourself.
This was very interesting to me because I grew up in the church and in a Christian school and faced those moments in early adulthood of needing to personalize my faith instead of just accepting blindly what I had always been taught. It's also interesting because my children are growing up this way. They are raised in church and in a home where we continually teach them about the things of the Lord. But it is a proven fact that young adults and even teenagers of today are leaving the church at an alarming rate.
Firsthand explores what it means to establish your faith as your own and why this important. Josh and Ryan consider topics such as being honest with God and others about your weaknesses, being empty of all else to seek God, getting rid of Christian to-do lists and seeking relationship instead. Through out the book, they include quotes- taken from the same surveys I completed- and action steps to lead readers into embracing their own personal faith.
This was a great book. I've been through this experience, this adopting my faith as personal, and I know how great it is. But for all of those teenagers and young adults who are struggling with their personal faith, this is a great resource. I plan to give it to my teenagers as they head into these waters of making their faith personal, a firsthand faith.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.