You’ll notice a theme in this month’s reading – engaging the next generation. They’re already your co-worker and before you realize it, they’ll be your boss too. Take time to learn what has shaped them, how they think, and how to get along with people who see the world differently. If you have great resources on getting to know iGen, leave me a comment!
Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff
Haidt and Lukianoff argue that well-intentioned protection of the American youth is causing more harm than good. Maybe you are hearing about safe spaces and micro-aggressions, but you don’t understand what’s going on. This book opens a window into how our culture is being shaped, how it will impact you, and what we can do about it.
You might like these developments or you might not, but they are here. You can learn how to move forward, or you can wish for your favorite Golden Age to come back (it’s not). Please, don’t bury your head in the sand. If you’re particularly interested in understanding the iGen generation, you’ll also want to check out the next book, iGen.
My Favorite Quote: “I don’t want you to be safe ideologically. I don’t want you to be safe emotionally. I want you to be strong. That’s different. I’m not going to pave the jungle for you. Put on some boots, and learn how to deal with adversity. I’m not going to take the weights out of the gym; that’s the whole point of the gym. This is the gym.”
When it came to millennials, many scoffed at studying or trying to understand them. Maybe you heard someone complain about their work ethic or glorification of being “relational.” As a result, many cultural changes took those same scoffers by surprise. Don’t make the same mistake with the next generation, iGen.
Whether you like it or not, iGeners are already your co-workers and they will soon be your boss. You can invest time in getting to know them now and reap the benefits for the next 20 years. Or, you can keep sneering at them and watch the world pass you by. Jean Twenge’s research, published in iGen, is a great starting place for understanding the ins and outs of this generation.
My Favorite Quote: “Understanding iGen means understanding the future – for all of us.”
Andy Naselli and JD Crowley
Sometimes your conscience say you’re right, sometimes it says you’re wrong. But what happens when two Christians take the same action, but their conscience gives conflicting responses? One says, “right” and the other says “wrong?” Perhaps you’ve seen these differences exaggerated and even inflamed across generational lines. Enter this book, Conscience.
Naselli and Crowley are witty and concise (thank you!). They explain what the conscience is, how to calibrate it, and how to love those with a different conscience. I highly recommend for all Christians.
My Favorite Quote: “It matters how you treat those who disagree with you on disputable matters. When you welcome them as Christ has welcomed you, you glorify God.”
Forgiveness is a hallmark of Christian faith. Christians cling to the forgiveness purchased by the blood of Jesus, but figuring out how and when to forgive others is complex. In this helpful book, Brauns speaks to deep wounds and helps us unpack the depths of forgiveness.
He writes as a pastor; he gently helps you through the pain and winsomely guides you along the path. Whether you need this as a resource for future situations or a guide for a current situation, I highly recommend it.
My Favorite Quote: “You do not have to read every book on forgiveness, but you may have to decide whether or not to change churches because of what the pastor or one of the elders did. The forgiveness choices you make will shape much of your life. For that reason, you must consciously work out what you believe about forgiveness and then intentionally put those beliefs into action.”
This Ronald Reagan biography is an outlier from the other books, but boy was it fantastic! Peggy Noonan writes with delightful prose that draws you in. She paints a beautiful, elegant picture that leaves you wanting more. If you need a light vacation read, look no further.
My Favorite Quote: **This quote is Noonan’s commentary on a bold foreign relations speech early in Reagan’s first term.**
“He was speaking to the world, not to his constituency, which didn’t need persuading. He was talking to those who did not share his views. But wasn’t the speech insulting to the Russians? Reagan would smile at this: He would never insult the Russian people, he was only pointing out what they already knew, which was that their government was an insult to them, and to humanity too. And at any rate, candor is a compliment: It assumes the person receiving it is strong enough to take it, and think about it.”