Saturday, April 19

20 and Something by David H. Kim

After reading The Hyperlinked Life, I was interested in checking out another book in Barna Group’s “Frames” series. The Frames series is composed of several short books with the goal of offering, “…concise, data-driven and visually appealing insights for anyone who wants a more faith-driven and fulfilling life.” 20 and Something takes a look at Millennials. What makes this generation different that other generations? And for those who are millennials, this book seeks to take a look at many of the questions that they will encounter and then offers guidance.

Once again, the infographics at the beginning are great, showing what millennials hope to achieve before turning 30, what they think adulthood means, and whether they are satisfied with different aspects of their life.

David Kim writes the primary section of the book, as he looks at some of what has deeply influenced millennials. While he acknowledges that there are vast differences with the millennial generation, he does a fine job looking at them as a whole. One of the parts I found the most fascinating was Kim’s breakdown of how millennials react to various institutions. Barna Group’s research shows that millennials trust institutions (such as the government, universities, etc.) more so than older generations, with the exception of church, which they trust less than older generations. Of course, when looking at the charts, being more trusting doesn’t always mean fully trusting as only 10% of millennials do believe that the government has their best interest at hearts.

“The message seemed clear: There’s no one you can really trust; everyone has a secret. Even Martha Stewart ended up in prison.” Page 38

After looking at the influences on millennials, Kim then examines how millennials interact with the world around them, especially in relation to careers and relationships. He offers encouragement, but also warnings to a generation that often seems tied to technology. 20 and Something concludes with a chapter from Phyllis Tickle as she offers one more word of encouragement and advice to millennials.

While I believe that this book would resonate most with millennials, especially those who are uncertain as to where their life is headed, it also offers insight that may be helpful to parents and pastors as they seek to better understand this generation. As with the rest of the Frames series, the book is quite short and is an extremely fast read (under 100 pages).

4/5 Stars

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