More Scattered than Cohesive (My review of More Lost than Found).

When I picked up More Lost Than Found I was expecting it to be a spiritual memoir of someone who lost his faith and then found it again. This is indeed part of Jared Herd’s story, he alludes to it in the prologue of this book. The rest of the chapters are comprised of his reflections on faith, culture, what it means to believe, what the kingdom is, how technology adversely affects us and prevents us from having meaningful connections, the divisions between rich and poor, how misery and pain form us, how faith and certainty are thankfully different. There are some interesting essays in this book and Jared Herd does indeed have thought-provoking things to say, but this book lacks an overarching vision and a connecting thread holding the chapters together.

So who is Jared Herd? He has been on staff at both Rock Harbor Church, in Costa Mesa, California and North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA. He is the Creative Director of XP3 College Ministries (part of the Rethink Group). A millennial himself, he engages in ministry and presenting the gospel to young people.

Admittedly, the lack of comprehensive vision for this book is annoying to me, but there is a place for a book like this: the bathroom. The chapters are devotional, pithy and thought-provoking, making it the perfect bathroom reader. If you treat the chapters as separate entities and do not look for interconnection and flow, the book is quite good.

Alternatively, this is the sort of book you could get someone to read a chapter of. I think Herd does a good job of offering a winsome apologetic without spelling out all the answers to everyone’s tough questions.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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