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NEWS: The Gospel Coalition Reviews “Firsthand”

“What’s refreshing about Josh and Ryan’s approach is that they don’t herald doubt as an art form; instead, they encourage doubters to pursue the truth,” states in its review of Ryan and Josh Shook’s New York Times bestseller, Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own.

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.

Click  here to read The Gospel Coalition’s full review.

Ryan, Josh & Kerry Shook on “Family Talk”

 Ryan and Josh Shook, authors of Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of  Your Own, are guests along with their father Pastor Kerry Shook on “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk” radio broadcast on Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7.  The Shook family discusses the difficulty young adults are having as they tranisition to a personal faith and not that of their parents or others.  Ryan and Josh advise parents and peers to ask the hard questions and to go directly to God with their doubts.

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“Firsthand” Makes NY Times Bestseller List


Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own (WaterBrook Press, March 19, 2013) by debut authors Ryan and Josh Shook has swept through the national bestseller lists during its first week on sale with the book ranking #4 on the New York  Times Hardcover How-to, Advice, Misc list (Apr. 7), #5 on the Publishers Weekly Hardcover Non-fiction list (Apr. 1), #8 on the Wall Street Journal Hardcover Non-fiction list (Mar. 29), and #107 on USA Today’s Top 150 (Mar. 28).

Brothers Ryan (24) and Josh (23) Shook, the oldest sons of mega-church pastor Kerry Shook of the Woodlands Church near Houston, joined forces to tell their experiences of leaving home and doubting their faith. The two discovered that each of them needed to develop a personal relationship with Christ instead of relying on the one passed [ … ]

Houston Post: Ryan & Josh Shook Rediscover ‘Firsthand’ Faith


Ryan and Josh Shook are profiled in the Houston Chronicle regarding their debut book Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own (March 19, 2013) and their personal struggles as  pastor’s kids to find a personal faith instead of copying that of their parents.

“You don’t have to be a pastor’s kid to find the faith that you had – or faked – for years doesn’t feel real anymore, they say. Ask most 20-somethings raised in a Christian home: They’ve gone through struggles and left the church, or like the Shooks, been forced to find a deeper understanding of Christianity,” writes the Houston Post.

Ryan and Josh Shook, along with their father Kerry, pastor of the Woodlands Church, will appear together at Lakewood Church in Houston on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 PM.