I'm working on a book and decided to post the Introduction here for comment, criticism and ideas on where you think it should go. FYI, the book's primary target is 18-25 year-olds raised in Christian homes, though others may find it helpful as well.
Imagine if everything you’ve ever learned was placed in three-ring binders.
All you know about math, history, the Internet, video games, the opposite sex.
Everything.In binders stacked all around the room, each one labeled with the subject matter.
As you look around, you see a folder labeled “Faith,” and you pull it out from its stack and open it.
Sure enough, it’s your faith journey. From the Bible stories you learned as a preschooler to the sermon that got your attention in ninth grade. It’s all there.
Then you notice something: None of it is in your own handwriting.
Some is in your mom or dad’s handwriting. Some in your pastor’s or youth leader’s or priest’s. And while you don’t recognize it for sure, the story of David and Goliath is possibly in the handwriting of the person who first taught you that story in elementary school.
Here’s the thing. This is normal.
Most of us absorb our faith from the people around us. And as we reach our late teens and early twenties, we often find that the faith we possess isn’t really our own.
It’s the one given to us by others.
Which brings us to a challenge and the reason for this book.
When it comes to faith, one size definitely does not fit all. No one else’s faith—even someone you love and respect dearly—won’t work for you in the long haul. It will fall apart in difficult times and will keep you spiritually uncomfortable for the rest of your life. Or lead to you living a marginalized faith, or living a life entirely without faith.
And that’s where this book comes in.
This isn’t a book to convince you to replace the faith you inherited with the one I espouse. This is a guide book to help you personalize your faith. Make it your own. Take out the stuff that doesn’t fit you. Add in some things that fit you well. Forge an authentic Christian faith that matches your passions and personality.
Help you re-write your faith in your own handwriting.