Wednesday, October 26, 2011

More Lost Than Found by Jared Herd

It seems that we hear of many who walk away from the church after being hurt, frustrated, feeling judged, or many other reasons. In the book, More Lost Than Found, the author Jerod Herd speaks to the pain of leaving the church and also his decision to walk back in. He decided the problem wasn't Jesus, the problem was how he has been taught to see Jesus. This book walks through his story, but more than that, shares how to give faith another chance.

I was drawn to this book as I have heard Jared speak at a youth conference and also I was curious what he had to say about this topic. I appreciated his honesty and the way the book was written. It was easy reading. Many times throughout the book, he challenges Christians not to get stuck seeing Christianity in a sanitized way. One thing he talked about was the need for imagination when it comes to faith. It seems that many of us have lost that child-like imagination and have put our faith in a box. I also appreciated the reminder of how technology has caused many of us to live without wonder or true relationship.

At times, I felt that the book lacked in direction a bit, however, overall there were enough great "parts" that allowed me to connect. He challenges both those within the church and those who have chosen to stay outside the walls to reconsider the direction of their lives. As a church leader, it was a great read. I would also suggest it to mature teens or young adults, as well as older adults, especially those questioning the church or their faith.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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