Highland Park

Book Study: The Anxious Generation

  • When Tuesdays through July 16
  • Time 11:45 am
  • Location Room B
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Join us for a Summer Book Club study on The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness by Jonathan Haidt.

Have arguments about screen-time and social media become a part of your daily life as a parent or a spouse? Do you secretly have a love-hate relationship with your phone? Does the world your grandkids are growing up in make you wonder what changed? Or maybe someone you love is one of the millions of Americans caught up in the recent mental health epidemic that seems like it came out of nowhere?

The mental health of adolescents plunged in the early 2010s. Rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicide rose sharply, more than doubling on many measures. In this newest bestselling book, Jonathan Haidt, who previously co-authored of The Coddling of the American Mind, explains what happened, why it affects us all, and what we can do about it. While his observations are unapologetically those of a secular psychologist, his prescriptions are unexpectedly spiritual and draw from a deep well of ancient religious practice.

Join us for this 4-week study and discussion series which will partially focus on a Christian application the book’s conclusions as we discover new opportunities to embrace biblical Spiritual Disciplines in our increasingly frenetic modern life.

When: Tuesdays, 6/25 – 7/16

Time: 11:45 am – 1:15pm

“This book poses a challenge that will determine the shape of the rest of the century. Jonathan Haidt shows us how we’ve arrived at this point of crisis with technology and the next generation. This book does not merely stand athwart the iPhone yelling ‘Stop!’ Haidt provides research-tested yet practical counsel for parents, communities, houses of worship, and governments about how things could be different. I plan to give this book to as many people as I can, while praying that we all have the wisdom to ponder and then to act.”

—Russell Moore, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today

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