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Author draws hope from 'millennials'

Views this election as a tipping point

POSTED: November 5, 2012 12:33 a.m.
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Many have said they believe Tuesday’s presidential election may be one of the most important in the history of the United States.

Phill Bettis, a Forsyth County attorney and contributing columnist and blogger for the Forsyth County News, said the timing of the important event goes hand in hand with what he believes may be a revolution of sorts.

“The Little Book of Annoying Questions:  Understanding the Coming New American Revolution and an Unexpected Generation” was published this summer by Crossbooks, a division of LifeWay, a Christian publishing house.

In the book, Bettis expresses his belief that a portion of the generation known as “millennials,” or those born between the approximate years of 1980 and 2000, will rise up to lead the nation into a time of new greatness.

“Through sometimes annoying and uncomfortable questions, my writing is designed to illuminate a new group of young people emerging in this era who are needed, timely and fascinating,” Bettis said.

He said he believes the country is entering a period in its history that may serve as a “tipping point.”

“Every so often societies, nations and even our world need a healthy dose of refreshing ideas and leadership,” he said. “And make no mistake about it, we are hungering for good leadership and new ideas [in the United States now].”

Bettis said writing the book was a “bit of a personal journey.”

“I wanted to sort through for myself what I thought was going on, and the early iterations of the book were probably more negative than I really felt,” he said. “A lot of it was getting that poison out of my system to say, ‘OK, here’s what everybody else is telling me.’”

Through the process of creating the final version of the book, Bettis said he was able to come to his own conclusions about the fate of the country and millennials.

“They’re ready to be exceptional. They’re ready to lead,” he said. “They’re ready to see something better than what we’ve seen over the course of the last decade or so.”

He’s received a lot of feedback, both positive and negative, since the book debuted.

“I’ve run into a lot of people who’ve read the book and say, ‘I don’t think what you’re saying is going to happen with young folks. I don’t have a bit of hope in that,’” Bettis said.

“And I’m saying, ‘God’s still talking to folks, so don’t give up hope.’”

In his writing process, Bettis said he drew inspiration from his own children: Emily, 28; Barry, 26; and Spenser, 22.

He also found great hope in many of their friends and some of his younger co-workers.

“I had this test lab in my own house,” he said. “I got to see these great kids … and what I saw too was their friends and those who are very successful and who want to go do something with their lives. And then we also see the other end of the spectrum of those who are self-destructive and who go their own path.”

Regardless of whether readers believe his theories, Bettis said he hopes the book stirs thought and hope.

“[While writing] I thought of that passage in Ecclesiastes, that says there is a season and time for everything,” he said. “I think this group realizes it’s time to restore our nation and that’s what’s so hopeful and probably the most important takeaway from the book.”

 

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