Gabe Lyons is optimistic that Christianity’s best days are yet to come. His best-selling book, UnChristian
, revealed the pervasiveness of culture’s growing disregard for Christians.
Now, in The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World
, Lyons shows how a new wave of believers are turning the tide by bringing the truth of the Gospel to bear on our changing, secular society.
“Restorers,” as Lyons calls them, approach culture with a different mentality than generations past. Informed by truth, yet seasoned with grace and love, these believers engage the world by drawing it to the sensibility and
authenticity of the Christian life.
You can be one of these “next” Christians and change the negative perception of Christianity by living a life that is faithful to the Gospel, yet credible and coherent to your friends and neighbors.
Find out if you are a “Restorer” by reading the book and engaging the conversation.
What Thought Leaders are Saying About Gabe Lyons and The Next Christians
“We would do well to consider many of the significant insights that Gabe offers in this book.”
Timothy Keller, Author of the Reason For God
“At a time when a central challenge to faith is to be both faithful and fresh, Gabe Lyons' is a voice I always listen to, and benefit from enormously.”
Os Guinness, author of 'The Last Christian on Earth'
Gabe Lyons is one of the brightest young Christian leaders I’ve worked with and mentored. I’ve challenged his thinking; he has challenged mine—as he does again with his latest book, The Next Christians. I recommend this book, which will give you great insight into the hopes and aspirations of the next generation of Christian leaders.
Chuck Colson, Founder of Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview
Those who have despaired that even the label “Christian” might be tarnished beyond credibility, much less affection and influence, will find a thousand reasons to rejoice here. Chocked full of examples and stories, Lyons’ work also is full of brilliant insights and piercing applications of traditional verbiage to new ways of being in this world.
Phyllis Tickle, founding religion editor, Publishers Weekly
It seems an impossible task: restore a 2,000-year religion so that it no longer rejects, no longer chases, but actually leads a modern, pluralistic culture running at the speed of Twitter. Gabe Lyons offers hope for Christianity's next one hundred years by profiling the next set of Christians transcending this epic challenge. I found his preview of Christian innovators one of the most encouraging views of Christian faith in recent years.
Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine
If I had to pick one leader for the next generation for Christians, it would be Gabe Lyons. If I had to pick one chapter from this book, it would be "Relearning Restoration." If I had to pick one sentence it would be this one: Christ didn't come only to save us "from something. He wanted to save Christians to something." Gabe Lyons gets it: restoration is the vision for the Next Christians and I'm cheering them on.
Scot McKnight, Author and New Testament scholar
I have such respect for Gabe Lyons-he is a clear voice, and a trusted leader who has again with this book given us the good news about Jesus' followers and the fresh new expressions of faith that are bursting forth all over the place.
Rob Bell, Pastor and Author of Love Wins
The Next Christians is the best book you’ll read this year. Filled with stories of hope and grace, it’s a passionate call to join followers of Jesus everywhere in restoring the faith. You can’t afford to miss it!
Margaret Feinberg, author of Scouting the Divine
“…a must read for anyone seeking to engage a broken world with the healing power of the Gospel. Provocative, yet massively optimistic…”
Louie Giglio, Pastor of Passion City Church and founder of the Passion Movement
The Lord has given a great mind and incredible wisdom to Gabe Lyons to be able to speak with such clarity and such understanding of the times.
Pastor, Johnny Hunt, President of the Southern Baptist Convention
This is one of the most insightful and inspiring books on religion I've read in a long time. I pray that the movement of 'restorers' that Gabe describes continues to grow and prosper. Their work is central to the future of the Christian faith - and the future of the world.
Eboo Patel, Founder and Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core
Gabe Lyons is involved in a truly good and important mission, and he has written a book that shares those same qualities. When I got near the end and came across the phrase "a counterculture for the common good," I was moved beyond agreement to prayer: "Lord, may the future Gabe envisions continue becoming a reality through more and more of us!"
Brian McLaren, author and activist
The Next Christians is not about rehashing stale debates or reliving the culture wars. It is not about empty ideologies or even about branding a movement -- it is about reading the bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other and listening to God say, "Come change the world with me."
Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and recovering sinner
This must read book will inspire you and guide you to a new place of purposeful passion!
Charles Jenkins, pastor, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
“The Prophet Isaiah declared that God would do a new thing…this book will challenge us to embrace change as we welcome a fresh move of God’s Spirit.”
Sam Rodriquez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference