How Do You Help a Generation So Accustomed to Instant Gratification, Loneliness and Violence?

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My Generation, the new book from Josh James Riebock, is a raw, creative, and moving journey into the depths of a new generation.

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“To say that Josh has a handle on Generation Y is an understatement…Josh’s command of story and the use of other stories is astounding…From the moment I picked it up, I could not put it down…” Relief Journal

“The truth is, it’s hard to concretely define or understand any generation, but I can give a snapshot based on research and my own experience,” says Josh James Riebock in his new book mY Generation: A Real Journey of Change and Hope. Riebock, a 30-year-old former pastor and sought-after speaker, is uniquely qualified to discuss the hopes and challenges that face “Generation Y,” generally considered to include those born between the late 1970’s and the early 1990’s. “I consider myself a leader of this generation, but I’m also a member of it. I, too, am Generation Y.”

At last count, there are over 70 million members of Generation Y and Riebock notes, “There is incredible potential here. We are the generation of tattoos, extreme sports, and Starbucks. The generation of video games, the Internet, cell phones, social networking and iPods. We are the generation of authenticity, social justice, a new kind of church, racial diversity, professional flexibility, tightly knit communities and overnight sensations.” But there is also brokenness. According to Riebock, "Generation Y is also the generation of “broken homes, the Columbine massacre, loneliness, immense performance pressure, skyrocketing costs of living, 9-11 violence, the AIDS pandemic, suicide, religious jadedness, self-indulgence and insecurity. This generation needs restoration.”

Riebock does not pretend to know how to fix his generation completely. He does not have “the answer.” But he believes that by telling his story and the journey of those around him, he can challenge people to be there for the young adults in their lives. “This generation needs more than someone to just be nice to them or who will be there for them now and again. They need someone who will give to them without asking for anything in return – who will hurt with them. And don’t try to travel someone else’s journey. They have to live their own lives, but allow God to continue restoring you as you are used to restore this broken generation. Be a person who goes home a little uncomfortable at night because you have been near to someone else’s behavior and thoughts. Be a family member to the lonely, messy people of this world, and to my generation.”

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