Pouring In: Tipping the Scales in Favor of a Personal, Passionate, and Permanent Faith in Your Kids, by Kim Kurtz (out mid-November 2017)
The world had changed. Families had changed. Values had changed. The meaning of religion had changed. After I graduated from high school twenty five years ago, the world was not what I expected. The moral landscape of college and life thereafter was hostile and foreign. I struggled when the faith of my childhood didn’t translate smoothly into adulthood. I was disillusioned when the formulas of faith and church that I had always known no longer worked. The messiness of life, the difficulty of marriage and relationships, and the many ups and downs I experienced overwhelmed me. My faith couldn’t handle it, and I walked away.
According to research, I wasn’t alone. 75% of young people raised in a Christian home leave the church after they leave the home. Numerous studies show that Christian families are losing their kids and have been for decades. A majority of churched youth aren’t developing a personal, powerful, and passionate faith in Jesus Christ. And a passive faith quickly fades to no faith at all.
We can no longer afford as Christian parents, as the church, or as a nation to ignore this problem. Pouring In addresses the profoundly difficult task of passing on a lasting faith to future generations. Effectively passing on the baton of faith allows our kids to experience the love, peace, and hope that can only come from a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. Make no mistake, YOU have the power to greatly affect the trajectory of your child’s faith.