Item description for Branded: Adolescents Converting from Consumer Faith (Youth Ministry Alternatives) by Katherine Turpin...
Overview Addresses and examines three key elements: The distortion of adolescent vocation in a consumer-focused culture; The dream that adolescents would discover the freedom to live into a vocational path not dominated by consumer culture; and An educational process of enlivening agency and imagination that would allow for such freedom of vocational development.
Publishers Description This book addresses and examines three key elements: 1) the distortion of adolescent vocation in a consumer-focused culture; 2) the dream that adolescents would discover the freedom to live into a vocational path not dominated by consumer culture; and 3) an educational process of enlivening agency and imagination that would allow for such freedom of vocational development.
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Studio: Pilgrim Press, The
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Pilgrim Press
Series Youth Ministry Alternatives
Series Number 2
ISBN 0829817387 ISBN13 9780829817386
Reviews - What do customers think about Branded: Adolescents Converting from Consumer Faith (Youth Ministry Alternatives)?
Realistic, challenging call to counter consumerism Mar 2, 2008
This book is useful for Christian youth leaders who want to start thinking about how to challenge assumptions many middle-class youth make about values, particularly relating to consumerism. Turpin relies heavily on Methodist and Quaker traditions (especially Wesley's theology of sanctification) to envision a movement away from consumer faith and toward alternatives. Turpin is realistic in pointing out that young people, when moving away from consumer culture, may not choose Christian faith (or religious faith in general) to replace it. Turpin implies that Christianity should feel a kinship with ecological and social justice-concerned young people and see their work as part of God's work through them. Turpin also implies that the church should be the alternative vision/community of faith that can mentor and form young people outside the realm of hyper-consumption. This may be the hardest part of Turpin's agenda to accomplish, because it challenges the wider church culture. If you're looking for pre-fabricated activities on consumerism, this book isn't for you. Turpin only offers a couple of concrete activities; she concentrates more on setting out guiding principles for creating an atmosphere of counter-consumerist, Christian community. I think that's all she intended to do in the book, and she pulls if off.
If you are a youth minister, avoid this book! Feb 22, 2008
To be completely honest, I did not like this book at all and found the experience of reading it to be repugnant. I disagree with the author on her main point as defining consumerism as a "faith system." This is because I completely disagree with the authors working definition of faith (found on page 38). I much prefer the definition of faith given in Hebrews 11:1, and in a pinch I can even settle for Tillich's definition of faith as ultimate concern. Consumerism, while it is an idolatrous element of American culture, does not reach a state of ultimate concern. I believe that consumerism is a by-product of pride and selfishness, which in turn is a by-product of living in a fallen world (and this is a point that author also hints that she disagrees with). My absolute biggest complaint with this book, and the reason why I have such negative feelings against it, is that the author seems to sincerely believes that the main goal of Christian youth ministry should be to rid youth of consumerism. I find the fact that the author suggest that youth should not necessarily replace their consumerist value system with a faith in Jesus Christ (pg 143) to be highly objectionable and borderline offensive. In my opinion the single goal of youth ministry should be to connect teenagers to Jesus Christ. To suggest that the main emphasis of youth ministry be anything but deepening youths' understanding of and relationship with Jesus, strikes me as wrong. I do agree that consumerism stands against the way that God wishes people to live, and I agree with the author that consumerism should be addressed, but it should be addressed through the lens of Christ. The teachings of Jesus are highly critical of today's consumerist culture, and I sincerely believe that as teenagers deepen their love and following of Jesus that they will begin to question consumer values. It almost seems like the author takes Jesus for granted, relegating him to the background and instead focuses on what is ultimately a periphery concern and not on what is of ultimate concern. In the end, I completely and thoroughly disagree with the main thesis and argument of the author. I do find some of the suggestions she offers about small groups interesting. However, these insights are so tainted with the authors overriding anti-consumerism convictions that they almost have to be discarded for me, as does most of the book.