Not What You Think: Why the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need

Not What You Think: Why the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need


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So, you're skeptical about the Bible . . . well guess what: you're not alone.

The Bible is seen by many contemporary readers as intolerant, outdated, out of step with societal norms at best, and a tool of oppression at worst. In this earnest and illuminating read, millennial thought leaders and aspiring theologians Michael and Lauren McAfee are here to say: fair enough. But they're also here to raise a few questions of their own: What if we cleared the deck on our preconceptions of this book and encountered it anew? What if we came with the understanding that our questions are welcome? And what if these pages presented less of a system to figure out, and more of a story to step into - a story with more surprising plot twists than we might think?

Michael and Lauren spent their childhoods in church and Sunday school, they spent part of their twenties finding their way in the world in New York City, and today they're shaping their careers while pursuing doctoral studies in theology and ethics. Along the way, they've had to wrangle very real questions - both their own, and of their friends - about why, where, and how the most controversial book in history fits in our world today.

Not What You Think not only blows the dust off dated misperceptions of this ancient book, it engages the problems of this book head-on - the parts that make modern readers squeamish, skeptical, and uncertain. Join Michael and Lauren as they explore the nature of the Bible - an ancient mosaic of story, literature, history, and poetry - and what it means for this generation and its relationship with God. Ultimately, Not What You Think is an invitation to come and see, and be surprised.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310355212
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 97,006
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

As the Director of Bible Engagement for Museum of the Bible, Michael McAfee forges strategic partnerships with faith leaders and nonprofits, speaks to audiences around the country, and leads a team of marketing specialists to support the museum's mission. After completing his MDiv at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Michael is now a PhD student under Dr. Russell Moore. Michael is married to his Sunday school sweetheart, Lauren, and they live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. You can follow Michael at

Lauren Green McAfee is a speaker, writer, connector, and coffee enthusiast with a heart to engage others in the Bible. While pursuing her graduate degrees in pastoral counseling and theology, Lauren worked for her father, Steve Green, as he founded Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Today Lauren works for Hobby Lobby as Corporate Ambassador, and is pursuing a PhD in Ethics and Public Policy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lauren and her husband Michael live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Connect with Lauren at

Table of Contents

Foreword Tim Keller 11

A Word to Non-Millennials 15

Acknowledgments 17

Part 1 Who We Are: The Shaping of Millennials

1 Are We Missing Out? 21

2 What Is a Millennial? The Five I's 37

3 Our Problem with Truth 55

4 What Is the Bible's Message? 73

Part 2 Where We Are From: The Bible and History

5 Millennials and History 89

6 The Bible's Impact 105

7 What Makes the Bible Unique? 119

Part 3 Where We Are Going: The Millennial Mind on the Bible

8 Should I Read at All? 133

9 The Bible Is the Story of Us 145

10 The Bible and Spirituality 157

Part 4 How We Get There: The Starting Point

11 How to Start 175

12 The Challenge 189

Notes 203

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Anonymous 8 months ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was written by Millenials for Millenials, which isn't me. However, I care and want to learn their point of view. So much information is bombarded at them, how do they know where to turn to decipher truth from hype. There are some things it simply doesn't matter what they believe. The Bible is a book that you cannot rely on what others say it is about. Michael and Lauren explain why it's important to read it. They explain the different parts of the Bible. People who haven't read the Bible would be amazed how many things in our daily lives, sayings, culture gets traced back to the Bible. The Bible is old yet it speaks to needs we still have today. I would encourage everyone to read the Bible. If you are a Millenial and don't think it could be relevant to you then definitely read the McAfee's book. They wrote it with you in mind.