The Next Christians written by Gabe Lyons is a book about seven ways one can live the gospel to restore the world. He has a very optimistic outlook for the future. He states that Christianity's best days in 2012 years are yet to come. However, to begin, one must feel that there exists a negative perception of Christianity. Do you currently agree with that?
If so, I think this book is great as it addresses those negative perceptions through 12 chapters in 3 main sections about how the world is changing, the restorers (which talk about 7 types of people and ways to drive this effort) and it ends with a discussion about the new era.
The seven categories he explains are as follows:
Provoke, not offended
Creators, not critics
Called, not employed
Grounded, not distracted
In community, not alone
Civil, not divisive
Countercultural, not "relevant"
These seven ways are a story of its own and make good weekly or monthly book group discussions. In addition, the book also includes questions for discussion at the back, so this is perfect for fellowships or small groups.
For those of you who are visual, here is a link of a video about the book: http://www.qideas.org/video/the-next-christians.aspx
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.