Item description for Is It a Lost Cause?: Having the Heart of God for the Church's Children by Marva J. Dawn...
Overview In this insightful book, Marva Dawn examines some of the forces in our culture that harm our children's spiritual development and suggests biblically centered parenting habits that can produce godly and faith-full children today.
Publishers Description Best-selling author Marva J. Dawn here turns her pen to the challenging topic of children, providing readers with the theological grounding necessary to guide today's youth toward godly and faith-filled lives. New cover design.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.01" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Release Date Sep 19, 1997
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802843735 ISBN13 9780802843739
Availability 0 units.
More About Marva J. Dawn
Marva J. Dawn is a theologian, author, musician, and educator with Christians Equipped for Ministry, Vancouver, Washington, and Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College. A scholar with four masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Dawn has spoken for clergy and worship conferences and seminaries throughout North America and in Madagascar and in Eastern and Western Europe. She has written many books, most of which are published by Eerdmans.
Marva J. Dawn currently resides in the state of Washington. Marva J. Dawn was born in 1955.
Reviews - What do customers think about Is It a Lost Cause?: Having the Heart of God for the Church's Children?
Hymns and Thoughts for Church School Teachers Apr 28, 2007
Marva Dawn has a believer's heart and a teachers mind and together they give us wonderful insights as to how to foster young people in the faith of Jesus Christ. This book would be a wonderful gift for a minister or Christian educator and would no doubt be referenced often.
Marva has included outstanding hymns that convey the message of each of the chapters, at the beginning of each chapter. "Bless the Ones Who Nurture Children" is just about the best hymn anywhere about teachers in the church. It would make an excellent rally day hymn or as a thank you hymn on teacher appreciation Sunday.
There are excellent discussion questions for each chapter which would make it a good adult study book, too.
If you find this review helpful you might want to read some of my other reviews, including those on subjects ranging from biography to architecture, as well as religion and fiction.
Excellent Mar 19, 2004
This book is excellent for Christian educators and youth ministers who are feeling burntout and discouraged over the state of children in the church. Dawn goes beyond the recommendations of pre-packaged youth minstry programs and addresses the need to CHALLENGE youth in order to make them disciples. Dawn offers several examples of her own experiences in which children and teens embraced difficult teachings and sophisticated music in favor of things that supposedly cater to kids. This books is also a wake-up call to Christian parents who are too quick to embrace popular culture in their own homes and who may mistakenly believe that youth ministry is doing its job correctly.
She's right on Jan 8, 2004
This is a great book for parents, pastors, worship leaders, as well as lay persons. She explains worship, educates on why the church does what it does how it does, and challenges churches of all denominations and leanings (traditional to contemporary) to re-examine the way they approach youth involvement in church.
thought and spirit-provoking Aug 2, 2003
I enjoyed the hymns at the beginning of each chapter and the discussion questions at the end of each chapter. This would be a great book for a group to read together in that sense. Marva Dawn comments on a whole range of subjects, from worship to the media and the meaning of work. It doesn't have much of the "fluffy" stuff that I find in a lot of so-called "popular Christian books," and I find it bracing and refreshing, good tonic for the spirit and mind. Wish I could get some people in my church to read and discuss and act together on the ideas brought out in the book.
Viable alternative to raising kids in an amoral society Feb 19, 1999
Written from a Christian perspective, this book has something to say to both Christians and non-Christians who are seriously concerned at the way our children are being raised (or more aptly destroyed) by modern "post-Christian" culture. Marva Dawn correctly assesses the threats to the well being of our children and offers the best way to counteract such influences. Mrs. Dawn rightly focuses on the Biblically rooted, Christ centered Christian community of faith as the key to saving our children from the influences of a dying culture. This book is a must read for the pastor, parent and educator (Christian or not) seeking alternatives to the way modern society has tried and failed to "raise" our kids. This work is insightful and at times heart wrenching in the statistics offered as examples. Be prepared to "dog-ear" pages and highlight passages at will! The information and insight in this book is worth coming back to again and again. (Chapters I believe Christian leaders should take special note of are 3-6 and 10)