"More Lost Than Found" by Jared Herd is a commentary on the broken state of mainstream churches. The gap left by disillusionment with "church" institution must be filled with a true personal relationship with God, lest another generation is left to drift in the sea of Postmodernism. It is true that each of us perceives life through the lens of our own experiences, and while Herd identifies the issue succinctly, at times his perspective is fuzzy and his path wandering.
Herd identifies the root of the problem, "Perhaps the violent rejection of that message by those on the outside isn't an issue with Jesus--it's an issue with how the Savior has been translated for them" (Herd, 2011, xv). This is a valid observation of the problem, what is necessary is a clear road map to the solution. Through many deliberations and personal stories, the author never came to that place. I heartily agree with his determination that Christianity is in need of renovation rather than demolition, "We approach our faith like an old house; we start with the assumption that a lot is good and must be kept. We keep in mind the vision of the original architect" (Herd, 2011, 163). Our path must begin and end in faith, which as Romans 10:17 explains, "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ" (NIV). This book is written with an eye toward young people who have been hurt and rejected by the "church at large." My prayer is that in spite of all this brokenness, souls truly see the message of grace that is the truth of the gospel.
Reverend Patti Harrison