Join us on a journey to find a faith of your own. A faith that isn’t your parents’ or your youth pastor’s or your church’s. Start from scratch, question everything, and get hold of a faith that’s real. We call it firsthand faith. “It’s rare to find young people unafraid to voice their doubts while still being bold in their faith. Ryan and Josh are two of those people.” —Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Circle Maker
“All Christian parents want their children to develop a faith of their own. Firsthand asks tough questions and guides those with a secondhand faith to find Christ for themselves.” —Craig Groeschel, pastor of LifeChurch.tv, Edmond, OK, and author of Soul Detox
“Josh and Ryan Shook, the sons of well-known pastor and author Kerry Shook, have fully embraced the fact that although their dad gave them a great start, they need to run their own race. Learn how to embrace a firsthand faith and walk in the strength of a personal relationship with Christ.” —Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC, and author of the New York Times bestseller Greater
“Ryan and Josh Shook don’t shy away from the tough questions but face them head-on in this powerful book that will encourage young adults not to settle for an inherited faith but to discover a true relationship with Jesus that is unique, exciting, and every bit their own.” —Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Point Church, Nashville, TN, and author of Plan B
Praise for Firsthand
“You can’t live a purpose-driven life without a real and personal faith. Christ didn’t come to start a religion; he came to connect with you in a genuine firsthand relationship. Ryan and Josh Shook will challenge you never to settle for a secondhand religion but instead to develop a personal faith that transforms your life.” —Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA, and author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Purpose Driven Life
“It’s rare to find young people unafraid to voice their doubts while still being bold in their faith. Ryan and Josh are two of those people.” —Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, and author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Circle Maker.
“Josh and Ryan Shook, as the sons of a well-known Pastor and Author – Kerry Shook, have fully embraced the fact that although their dad gave them a great start, they need to run their own race. Learn how to embrace a Firsthand faith and walk in the strength of a personal relationship with Christ.” —Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor, Elevation Church & author of the New York Times bestseller, Greater
“Firsthand is a rich and insightful book for believers who are tired of second-hand religion. Honest, compelling and well-written, Ryan Shook and Josh Shook have given us a huge gift! Their candor is so refreshing, and they point to the way to a vibrant, personal faith. This could be one of the most important books you'll ever read.” —Jud Wilhite, author of Pursued, senior pastor of Central Christian Church
“Every Christian parent wants their children to develop a faith of their own. Firsthand asks tough questions and guides those with a second-hand faith to find Christ for themselves.” —Craig Groeschel, Pastor of LifeChurch.tv, author of Soul Detox, Clean Living in a Contaminated World
“Ryan and Josh Shook don’t shy away from the tough questions, but face them head on, in this powerful book that will encourage young adults to not settle for an inherited faith, but to discover a true relationship with Jesus that is unique, exciting, and every bit your own.” —Pete Wilson, Pastor of Cross Point Church, and author of Plan B and Empty Promises
About Ryan Shook
RYAN SHOOK is a filmmaker and blogger. A graduate of Baylor University, he is married to Sarah, and they live in Los Angeles, California.
About Josh Shook
JOSH SHOOK is a musician, a song writer, and a graduate of Belmont University. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Hand-me-down faith may work when things are going well, but when pressures and problems hit, what you thought you believed will crumble
Firsthand faith is not something you wear on the outside. Firsthand faith, in our experience, is centered deep in your own mind and heart. Sure, it’s still a work in progress, but it’s yours. It’s you. When hard times hit, you have a lot to draw on to weather the storm. In fact, firsthand faith is so real and personal that it just gets stronger when it is challenged.
Who wouldn’t want that kind of living, breathing faith?”
Excerpted from Firsthand by Ryan and Josh Shook
Daily Reflection: Are you relying on the faith of another (parent, spouse, child, friend), or do you know the Lord firsthand?
Brothers Ryan (23) and Josh (22) Shook, the oldest children of mega-church pastor Kerry Shook, have confronted their own experience with disillusionment with their faith and offer a clarion call to their generation to move beyond an inherited beliefs to a genuine faith of their own.
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There is nothing more important that owning your faith. This is the important topic that Ryan and Josh Shook seek to address in Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own. The Shook brothers have written an important book for teenagers and young adults.
For people who grew up in church, it is easy to try to live off of your parent's faith. Many students are involved in faith because their parents expect them to be and...
Being a Youth Leader, I am well aware of the stats regarding youth falling away from their church, and their beliefs and convictions once they hit the early and mid-twenties. Daunting when you are teaching 13-18 year old's. So I looked at this book from the perspective of being able to use it as a guide to teach the youth. I believe it will work.
Every youth needs to make a full transition from faith becoming their own. Many don't. And...
Firsthand by Ryan and Josh Shook is a must read. If you are in ministry, lead a small group, a youth pastor or even a parent - this book is a great one to read. Ryan and Josh, brothers, talk about how as Pastor's kids they grew up having a faith but when they went to college and crisis of their own happened, they realized that their faith wasn't firm. How do you have firsthand faith? Faith that is not your parents, teachers, or someone...
Firsthand is a smart, honest, and deeply felt journey that invites you to leave behind handed-down beliefs and find authentic faith.
"Our goal is to help you replace secondhand religion with a meaningful relationship," write authors Ryan and Josh Shook. "We want to help you get from a religion that you wear on the outside to a faith of your own-one that is authentically yours all the way through."
The brothers tell about growing up in a...
This book is a must read for anyone who grew up in a Christian home and never truly felt that it was a faith that belonged to them. Religion needs to be sought and explored. It's exciting to see something that steps out of religiosity and gets real. People cannot live on their parent's faith, they must develop their own. Great book - wonderful truth. Great advice. Great read.