My rating: 4 of 5 stars
While this book first came out around 10 years ago, Jenkins seems to have added quite a bit to the 2011 edition. He offers a clear and comprehensive look at the trends shaping Christianity on the different continents of the world, charting the explosions in Africa and Asia and the emergence of Protestantism (of both the evangelical and Pentecostal varieties) in Latin America along with the trends (of both growth and decline) in Europe and North America.
It’s an excellent book and a fascinating look at the shift of Christianity’s center from the affluent First World to the Third World. Jenkins writes clearly and seems to have an impressive breadth of knowledge about Catholic and Protestant movements around the world.
This volume is the first in the “Future of Christianity” trilogy, and this new edition incoroporates his work from the other two: God’s Continent (about Christianity and Islam in Europe) and The New Faces of Christianity (about Africa, Asia, and Latin America). If the subject of world Christianity interests you at all, I’d really recommend this book. There will be trends that excite you and trends that disturb you, depending on your perspective, but you’ll come away with a much better knowledge of global Christianity.
You can also see Nick Smith’s overview of the Future of Christianity trilogy here.