The Millennials by Thom S. Rainer and Jess W. Rainer - Kindle Edition is currently FREE at Amazon.com
For anyone out there who has a Kindle or one of its many reading apps (for PC, iPhone, Blackberry, iPad, or Android), I would highly recommend ordering the book The Millennials by Thom S. Rainer and Jess W. Rainer very soon.
For a limited time it is available for FREE in the Kindle format. I do not know how much longer they will keep it free, but my hunch is not much longer.
Going from the description provided by Amazon, the book is a study of the Millennials (those born between 1980-2000) from a Christian worldview perspective, apparently the first of its kind. Thom Rainer (president of LifeWay Christian Resources) and his son Jess (a Millennial himself) analyze this generation through examining 1200 interviews of Millennials, trying to better understand them personally, professionally, and spiritually. They explore such topics as the family, desire for diversity, work, money, media, environment, and religion. They conclude their book with their thoughts on how the church can minister to and engage this unique generation, the largest in American history.
For those in ministry to youth and young adults, this book appears to be a valuable tool to add to the library (and right now you can’t beat the price!). As a youth worker myself, this book appears to be a very valuable read for better understanding those to whom I minister. Doing some basic math, in this year the members of the Millennials are between 10 and 31 years of age. That obviously means that every teenager I come into contact with is a member of this generation. The same is true for you, the reader. I’m sure that understanding the macro group to which each teen belongs is a good thing for us. But, please don’t forget that while studying an entire generation is beneficial for understanding each of its members, nothing is more important than getting to know the individual people with whom you come into contact. What matters most at the end of the day is not whether you can accurately summarize the defining characteristics of a Millennial, but whether you have a relationship with the Millennial(s) you want to understand and reach.
Update: Unfortunately, this book is no longer available in the Kindle format for free.