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So the Next Generation Will Know by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace

“How do I teach what I’ve learned about Christ to today’s youth?” Here’s the Answer:
As the debate over worldview enters new territory, this guide will help caring adults reach and engage a younger generation that’s under assault from secular culture. As believers, we’re concerned because we’re watching a generation disengage from the church. Christian parents, youth leaders, and educators who work with Generation Z strive to share what they know about Jesus in ways that make sense but struggle to relate to the unique perspectives and connected life that permeates this youngest generation. Written by two youth influencers and experts on Generation Z, Sean McDowell, PhD, and J. Warner Wallace, So the Next Generation Will Know is an extraordinarily practical guide for anyone concerned with ensuring the next generation embraces and lives a biblical worldview.

Whether you’re a Christian parent, youth leader, or educator who works with Generation Z, this book was written for you. As powerful ideas in our increasingly secular culture shape more of this generation, trusted leaders must share what they know about Jesus in ways that will reach them. But how? Backed by the latest research, this powerful book shows how to share biblical truth with a generation that desperately needs to hear it.

Written by two youth influencers and experts on Generation Z, Sean McDowell, PhD, and J. Warner Wallace, So the Next Generation Will Know is an extraordinarily practical guide for anyone concerned with ensuring the next generation understands and embraces a biblical worldview. You can download the Table of Contents, Foreword (by Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles) and the Preface for FREE. We are sure you’re going to find the material in this book to be incredibly helpful.

Sean McDowell, PhD, is a bestselling author, coauthor, or editor of more than 18 books, including  Evidence That Demands a Verdict (with his father, Josh McDowell). He is also an associate professor of apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Sean speaks internationally on a variety of topics related to culture, students, and apologetics.

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, speaker, and author. He is a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. J. Warner and Susie Wallace also write popular apologetics books for kids and create the award-winning Case Makers Academy (

Deep insights. Practical suggestions. Tested strategies. All combine into an intensely practical guide for engaging today’s youth with a biblical worldview. Purchase So the Next Generation Will Know NOW. Here’s what others are saying:

“Parents of the next generation face new and unprecedented challenges, especially for those who desire to rear their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Though times have changed, the mandate for faithful parenting hasn’t. So the Next Generation Will Know creates a bridge between the uncertain tides of modernity and the biblical expectations for teaching children. It provides helpful principles that equip parents and even youth pastors for reaching, instructing, and molding the hearts of the next generation.”

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This may be the most important Christian book of the year! What’s more vital than understanding how to teach the truth of Christianity to the next generation? Let this book coach you in equipping the encouraging the Christian leaders of tomorrow. The obstacles are great, but the opportunities are greater still!”

Lee Strobel
Best-selling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith

“J. Warner and Sean are absolutely on target–we MUST be intentional in loving and equipping the next generation with the truth about God and the truth of God.  This is no ‘fluffy’ book, but a challenging and exceptional book for parents, grandparents, and youth workers who all care about those we are sending to a time we will not see.”

Dr. Dennis Rainey
Co-Founder, FamilyLife

“After 30 years practicing pediatric medicine and speaking to thousands of kids across America, I have never seen such confusion, angst and anxiety among our kids. They need help in the form of sound, clear teaching about the biblical truths that those of us with faith can offer. J Warner Wallace and Sean McDowell are the perfect men to do that. This will make an extraordinary impact on the next generation.”

Meg Meeker, M.D.
Author of the national best seller, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

So the Next Generation Will Know is an important book for today. Parents and teachers and pastors need all the help they can get…This new book provides great tips to help them teach their kids a Christian worldview and pave the way for their bright future!”

George Foreman
Two-time world heavyweight champion, Olympic gold medalist, and Pastor of The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ

So the Next Generation Will Know is a clarion call for youth influencers to be intentional and strategic in how they minister to students today. Based on in-depth research and personal experience, Sean and J. Warner offer practical strategies for parents, youth workers, and teachers to equip this new generation with biblical truth. If you are looking to have lasting impact on young people today this book will be your indispensable guide.”

Doug Fields
Veteran Youth Pastor, author of Purpose Driven Youth Ministry, and co-founder of

“When two preeminent apologists like Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace combine their intellect, heart, and soul to write a book, I immediately think, ‘I must have this book as a resource!’ I was not disappointed. Get this book.  It is such a great resource.”

Dr. Derwin L. Gray
Lead-Elder Pastor of Transformation Church, Author of High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World

“If you work with students and want to learn how to more effectively pass on your faith to the next generation, start here. Whether you are parent, youth leader, or teacher, you will find practical, actionable ideas about how to give your students a biblical worldview. In this clearly written, creative, and well-researched book, learn from Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace as they share from their wealth of experience training the next generation. Start experimenting and watch the students you work with come alive and want to take their faith seriously! This book is a game-changer for your youth ministry.”

Jonathan Morrow
Author of Welcome to College and creator of 5 Things Every Teenager Needs to Build a Lasting Faith

“The time when young people are most likely to abandon their Christian upbringing is in their teens. And the reason most often given is unanswered doubts and questions. It’s time for parents, pastors, teachers and youth leaders to step to the plate and provide answers to those questions. J. Warner Wallace and Sean McDowell have spent years working with teens and it shows. This book is clear, readable, and practical. It will provide you with motivation and creative tips on how to structure teaching on worldview and apologetics into your family, church, or school.”

Nancy Pearcey
Author of Total Truth and Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life & Sexuality

“My go-to resource from two guys that not only ‘get’ Gen Z, but also know how to reach them!”

Jonathan McKee
Author of The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices

So the Next Generation Will Know equips parents, educators, pastors and all of us to be more effective at engaging Gen Z to love God and others.  We all have a responsibility to help our kids and the next generation find its way back to God, and this book by J. Warner Wallace and Sean McDowell will be a big help!”

Dave Ferguson
Lead Pastor- Community Christian Church and author of Finding Your Way Back to God…

So the Next Generation Will Know is a must read for every Christian believer. This book helps both parents and teachers connect with youth and answers pertinent questions that arise about Christianity.”

Brett Hundley
NFL Quarterback with the Seattle Seahawks

“The honest truth is that I wasn’t sure I would resonate with this book, because, while I have deep respect for the authors, I am also aware that we have somewhat differing worldviews and theological constructs. But I absolutely loved it — personal and practical and focused on the right things. As someone who has given my life’s work to engaging teenagers with the love of Jesus, I wish every person in every pew would read this book and engage our collective responsibility to the amazing young people in our midst.”

Mark Oestreicher
Partner at the Youth Cartel and author of more than 60 books, including Youth Ministry 3.0

So the Next Generation Will Know is an impassioned call to purposefully pour into our young people and love, train and unleash them with the message and mission of Jesus. As founder and CEO of Dare 2 Share, mobilizing teenagers to know and share their faith is near and dear to my heart. But this book’s message also resonates with me on a personal level. Raised in a violent, crime-ridden, inner city family, my own faith journey was deeply impacted as a teenager by the kind of theologically robust, activation-oriented youth group McDowell and Wallace champion within these pages. This practical primer is packed with field-tested ideas that help adults raise the bar for teenagers and nudge them beyond their comfort zone, so they’ll grow deeper in their walk with Jesus as they go wider into the world with His message.”

Greg Stier
Founder and CEO of Dare 2 Share Ministries

“J. Warner and Sean show us how to develop a deeper relationship with our teens in a digital age and how to walk beside them in their curiosity for the Truth! As parents of 3 boys entering their teen years, this book helps give us the tools to keep a deeper relationship – through God – with our children. I recommend it for anyone with young people in their lives asking the tough questions.”

Melissa Joan Hart
Actress and star of God’s Not Dead 2 and Clarissa Explains It All, Melissa & Joey, and No Good Nick

“As a mom to six young men, the practical wisdom gleaned through McDowell and Wallace’s compelling research and its implications couldn’t be timelier and more needed in the Church. For parents, teachers, leaders, content creators, ministers, and all those who desire to see future Christ-followers walk with clarity and conviction, So the Next Generation Will Know is a must-read.”

Ruth Chou Simons
Artist, writer, entrepreneur, speaker, author of the bestselling book GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart, and founder of