Review: The Millennials by Thom S. Rainer and Jess Rainer

As part of christianaudio's reviewer program, The Millennials by Thom S. Rainer and Jess Rainer came across my inbox one day.  Today's culture, especially in business where I focus, is an ever-shifting slope.

I have always held firmly to the fact that this generation can help shape the existing workforce.  This book is written with a distinct bias towards the evangelical, Christian perspective and that is clearly stated upfront.  Throughout the book, key ideas pop up that do not point specifically to their bias, rather they identify it as a cultural perspective.  The strong bias perspective is not evident until the last bit of the book where they clearly state it.

I had always heard that Millennials were:

  • Entitled
  • Didn't care about previous generations
  • I want more money

The truth is, as the authors point out, that our perspective is a bit incomplete.  The Millennial generation wants to make huge impact on the world around them.  Here are a few perspectives:

  • Work & Life – they want it.  They don't want the either / or option.
  • Family is everything – The “helicopter parents” of this generation have provided a tight bond between parents and children.
  • Divorce is not an option – they desire to get married only once, and will work hard at keeping it together
  • Religion is not a priority – more and more millennials are walking away from faith.  Most have disillusioned by organized religion and want nothing to do with it.
  • Education Generation – the millennials are on course to be the most educated generation in history
  • Technology – this generation uses technology (text, email, phone, Skype, etc) to stay connected to those closest to them

This book is chocked full of stats and figures to some of the most insightful questions facing this generation.  If you work with youth or just want to have a better understanding of the generation, that is now, the largest generation in history, I would encourage you to pick up a copy of this book today.  I have already passed a copy on to my boss for use in his community group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from christianaudio as part of their Audio Book Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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