Since the publishing of Missing I have been blown away by the response it has received. Publishing is such a vulnerable thing. The “baby” you’ve been slaving away on for over a year is finally out and strangers can read it (gasp!) and pass judgement. Who would have known it would feel so insecure. I also love it. From the e-mails I’ve received, to the people I met at CPC, to the pictures of the book on Instagram, I am blessed. Below are a few reviews off Amazon. If you’ve read it, I’d love for you to add your own voice to the reviews. Haven’t bought it yet? Get on over here and buy it!
“Fantastic book, equal parts candid, sobering, anecdotal, factual, and funny. The challenges we are facing with Millennials and their faith is not something that developed quickly nor will it be something that is adequately corrected quickly. The roots of that sobering reality stem back to the formational years of faith and Melissa provides key stats, stories, and big picture solutions to seeing that tide change. Particularly appreciated the call to facilitate kids learning to hear the voice of God, makes me think of Samuel as a young kid. If you have kids, work with kids, or find yourself in a local church, read this book! It will encourage you, challenge you and give you practical ways to see lifelong faith developed in the tender hearts of kids when they are most open to the gospel.”
“Finished the book in one sitting and closed it feeling convicted and wanting to act. I am a youth ministry major, and I see myself using this book not only at camp, where I also work, but also in whatever I end up doing. There is nothing more important than the next generation, including youth and children. Don’t underestimate your kids, they go through more and know more than you expect. I say everyone should read this; it will open your eyes to our problems and start you down the road to a solution (aka: Jesus). It’s not long, so just pick it up and read it, it’s worth your time.”
“As a pastor in a local church, I would highly recommend this book to everyone involved in any type of ministry. To be honest, it took me by surprise. Some of Melissa’s ideas were to say the least…eye-opening! It has caused me to rethink the way that we do church. Children are not the church of the future. They are the church of today! let’s allow them to be a part of it.”