GENERATIONAL THEORY

 

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Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled - and More Miserable Than Ever Before. Jean M. Twenge. Free Press, 2006.

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Making Sense of Generation Y: The World View of 15 - 25-year-olds. Church House Publishing, 2006. This book challenges many of the presuppositions the church has held about young people and how to effectively minister to them. Right or wrong, youth workers who read this book will be challenged and forced to reevaluate their ministry efforts.

 

 

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Emerging Adulthood. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett. Oxford University Press, 2004. This book tackles the implications of emerging adulthood, particularly in how it effects the issues of family, love and sex, marriage, college, work, and faith.

 

 

 

 

The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager. Thomas Hine. Avon Books, 1999. Hine traces the history of the "social invention" of the American teenager from Puritan times to today's media-saturated culture.

 

 

 

 

A Generation Alone: Xers Making a Place in the World. William Mahedy and Janet Bernardi. InterVarsity, 1994. A guide to understanding the values, attitudes, and behaviors of those born between 1961 and 1981.

 

 

 

 

Generating Hope: A Strategy for Reaching the Postmodern Generation. Jimmy Long, InterVarsity, 1997. A veteran campus worker summarizes the intellectual/worldview context of today's emerging generations along with suggested ministry strategies. Highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

Inside The Soul of A New Generation: Insights and Strategies for Reaching Busters. Tim Celek & Dieter Zander. Zondervan, 1996. Insights into how to best reach Xers from two pastors who founded the earliest "Buster churches."

 

 

 

 

Jesus for a New Generation: Putting the Gospel in the Language of Xers. Kevin Graham Ford. InterVarsity, 1995. Perhaps the best and most practical guide that gets you "into" the hearts and minds of Xers. Filled with great advice and good stories that drive home each point. Especially helpful is Ford's overview of Postmodernism.

 

 

 

 

Marketing to Generation X. Karen Ritchie. Lexington, 1995. Written for advertisers, this book offers insight into connections and touchpoints that are important to Xers.

 

 

 

 

Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X. Tom Beaudoin. Jossey-Bass, 1998. A young Gen-X theologian offers insight into the spiritual quest of young adults along with a challenge to the church and a challenge to Xers themselves. Readers interested in understanding the spirituality of millennial kids will find the book helpful as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Jungle: The Why Behind Generation X. Geoffrey T. Holtz. St. Martins, 1995. Information and analysis on the development, attitudes, values, and behaviors of Generation X.

 

 

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Kidfluence: The Marketer's Guide to Understanding and Reaching Generation Y - Kids, Tweens, and Teens. Anne Sutherland and Beth Thompson. McGraw-Hill, 2003. This well-documented book is intended for marketers, but it helps give insight into the lives of adolescents. This book may open your eyes to how marketers target our children, but can also help you know how to more effectively influence our kids for Christ.


 

 

 

Generation Next. George Barna. Regal Books, 1995. More cutting-edge research from the Barna Research Group. Includes results from a nationwide survey of teens born between 1977 and 1982.

 

 

 

 

Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation. Neil Howe and William Strauss. Vintage, 2000. Two experts on generational cycles and transitions offer their take on whom and what the generation born after 1980 will be as they come of age.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bridger Generation. Thomas Rainer. Broadman and Holman, 1997. A look at the character and culture of the millennial generation.

 

 

 

 

The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy. William Strauss & Neil Howe. Broadway Books, 1997. Based on their ongoing study of the history and cycles of generations, this book offers an "American Prophecy" of what the post Gen X generation (millennial kids) will be like.

 

 

 

 

Soul Searching The Millennial Generation: Strategies for Youth Workers. L. David Overholt & James Penner. Stoddart, 2002. Two veteran youth workers offer adults insight into how to understand and minister to today's emerging generation.

 

 

 

13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail? Neil Howe and Bill Strauss. Vintage, 1993.Packed full of information, insight, and analysis of the generation born between 1961 and 1981. It's value lowered by a lack of footnotes and bibliography, this is one of the most valuable resources available on Gen X.