The Unlikely Theory That Will Change How You View Culture, the Church, And, Most Importantly, Yourself. We follow the culture of the road because it is everywhere. There's no shortage of prescriptions for restlessness out there: "Seek adventure. Live your life. Don't hold back."
Like the characters in a Jack Kerouac novel, we've dirtied the dream of white picket fences with exhaust fumes. The new dream is the open road-and freedom. Yet we still desire the solace of faith. We like the concept of the sacred, but unwittingly subscribe to secularized, westernized spirituality. We're convinced that there is a deeper plot to this thing called life, yet watered-down, therapeutic forms of religion are all we choose to swallow, and our personal story trumps any larger narrative.
This is the non-committal culture of the road. Though driving on it freely, we have forgotten where we're headed. Jesus said His road is narrow. He wasn't some aimless nomad. He had more than just a half tank of gas - He had passion, objectives, and a destination. Do you?
In this masterfully written book, our friend Mark Sayers has pretty much unlocked the cultural code of millions of young adults. His insights into mass culture, the corporate psyche, and of spirituality sometimes border on the uncanny. With this work, Mark rightly takes his place as a major prophetic voice to the contemporary western church today. --Alan and Debra Hirsch, Authors, Activists, Dreamers
Mark Sayers's gifts as a cultural critic, theologian, and story-teller are all on fine display in this remarkable and well-written analysis of western culture. Through the prism of Jack Kerouac's novel, "On The Road," Sayers tells the story of our culture and then offers a better way-a way home-through his reflections on God's call of Abraham. This, and much more, make "The Road Trip that Changed the World" a gripping and profound work. --Douglas Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy, Denver Seminary, and author of "Christian Apologetics"
We often talk about what "culture" is doing to "them." We rarely think deeply about what "culture" is doing to "us." Sayers reveals what our cultural addiction to infinite choice has done to our stability as individuals-both inside and outside the church. "The Road Trip that Changed the World" is a terrific work of cultural hermeneutics, and we need to take Mark's challenges very seriously. --John Stonestreet, Speaker and author for Breakpoint and Summit Ministries