The Twenty-something Soul: Understanding the Religious and Secular Lives of American Young Adults

by Tim Clydesdale, Kathleen Garces-Foley. Oxford University Press, 2019.


Through stories and interviews, this book provides a picture of young adults in America and their thoughts on religion.


overview of research findings; chapters on Catholics, Mainline Protestants, Evangelicals, and Nones; selected bibliography

Recommended Audience

Christian leaders interested in the lives of young adults


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Better understand how to engage young adults by reading and discussing as a leadership team.
  • Improve your young adult ministry by sharing this with staff or lay leaders.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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