Soul Searching is the landmark study documenting the religious beliefs and practices of American adolescents. It is exhaustive in scope, comprehensive in detail, yet it is an extremely readable book that should be a part of the library of every pastor living throughout the United States, and should call for the attention of those working with adolescents within the church. But it should not stop there: this book should not only form, but should be given a place to transform the way in which Christian leaders plan and interact with adolescents.
Reasons Why You Should Read Soul Searching
As one who is regularly involved in the lives of youth and their families on a local church level, I have interacted with the most popular resources pertaining to youth ministry throughout the past several years. To my disappointment after reading Soul Searching, I was reminded that nearly all of those books make assumptions about what adolescents believe and how they act without providing the social statistics to reinforce or refute those claims.
The major benefit of spending time with this book is that much of the data discredits the majority of popular literature published by religious organizations and publishers, as one will soon discover when reading this book, for example, that adolescents are not as hostile towards religion as adults may imagine.