Friday, October 30, 2015

Book Review: "Generational IQ"

Every person involved in Christian ministry needs to read GenerationalIQ. For the first time in history, we are trying to minister to five generations at the same time. There are bound to be struggles. Haydn Shaw, author of Sticking Points, teaches sincerely concerned readers how to navigate through them with understanding and grace.

Just as he did in Sticking Points, Shaw begins by defining each of the four older generations. This time, though, he explains how the generation we are born into affects our relationship with God. As he moves from the traditionalists to the millenials, he helps readers grasp subtle shifts in thinking that have taken place through the years resulting in dramatically different world views for each generation.

Next he answers questions about relating and reaching out to family and friends in other generations. In the first few of these chapters, he’s writing mostly to parents and grandparents about the younger generations, then he addresses the church, helping ministers and members see how they can more effectively tell unchurched people of all generations about our amazing and faithful God.

His most important advice: listen, love, be patient, answer questions honestly, trust God. His insights into each generation’s mindset show readers how to do this well.

I enjoyed Shaw’s first book, Sticking Points, but wasn’t sure what he could add to my understanding of generations in Generational IQ. This new book adds a lot, though. In fact, I think, in the long run, I’ll find the understanding I gained from the new book to be even more valuable. If you live with or minister to people of different generations, you’ll appreciate Shaw’s hopeful outlook and deep insights. I recommend this book.

Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.

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