Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists

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Crossway Books, 2008 - Religion - 160 pages
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From places like John Piper’s den, Al Mohler’s office, and Jonathan Edwards’s college, Christianity Today journalist Collin Hansen investigates what makes today’s young Calvinists tick.

Church-growth strategies and charismatic worship have fueled the bulk of evangelical growth in America for decades. While baby boomers have flocked to churches that did not look or sound like church, it seems these churches do not so broadly capture the passions of today’s twenty-something evangelicals. In fact, a desire for transcendence and tradition among young evangelicals has contributed to a Reformed resurgence.

For nearly two years, Christianity Today journalist Collin Hansen visited the chief schools, churches, and conferences of this growing movement. He sought to describe its members and ask its leading pastors and theologians about the causes and implications of the Calvinist resurgence. The result, Young, Restless, Reformed, shows common threads in their diverse testimonies and suggests what tomorrow’s church might look like when these young evangelicals become pastors or professors.

“Collin Hansen invites us on a voyage of discovery, learning how our restless youth are discovering anew the great doctrines of the Christian faith. Weary of churches that seek to entertain rather than teach, longing after the true meat of the Word, these young people are pursuing doctrine. Discover how God is moving among the young, the restless, and the Reformed.”
Tim Challies, author, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment; blogger at

“Young, Restless, Reformed is the product of some outstanding research. This book will help the reader gain valuable insight into the growing Reformed movement in America.”
Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness

“Collin Hansen has uncovered a fresh movement of young Christians for whom doctrine fuels evangelism, kindles passion, and transforms lives. Read it and rejoice.”
David Neff, editor-in-chief, Christianity Today media group

“A number of strategic ministries have been quietly upholding the doctrines of grace, planting churches, seeing people converted, teaching the whole counsel of God. It is time for quiet gratitude to God and earnest intercessory prayer that what has begun well will flourish beyond all human expectation.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“This lively account is must reading for ministry leaders working with young adults. A wake-up call to baby boomers to move beyond the superficial faith they taught their children and to grow with them in the knowledge and love of God.”
Douglas A. Sweeney, Associate Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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User Review  - LudieGrace - LibraryThing

Collin Hansen has written some of my favorite feature articles in Christianity Today, and his thoughtfulness and gentle wit met my expectations in this book. It supplies a good corrective, I think, to ... Read full review

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Check out Collin Hansen's new book Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists. I've read through most of this short book in the last day or so. Hansen lets us accompany ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

COLLIN HANSEN, now at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, was previously an associate editor of Christianity Today. His early response to The Da Vinci Code is among the most-read articles in the history of Christianity Today International. He has written for Books & Culture, Leadership, and Christian History & Biography, and he contributed to The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham.

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