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Overview Jonathan's drug use has come between him and Jesus. Rachel, trapped in an abusive relationship, is afraid to return to church. How can you help spiritually alienated teenagers? Offering practical insights, Dunn teaches you to be attuned to teens' deepest needs so that you can help them pace their lives---physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Publishers Description Alberto is an energetic, people-pleasing eighth grader. He seems to have it all--from the junior high varsity team to his family's beautiful new home to leadership in his youth group. But he feels pressured by team members who mock his Christianity and rejected by his dad whose work requires more and more travel. His young spiritual life is in a precarious place. Last year, as a high school sophomore, Jonathan began spending time with some recreational drug users. He was confident in his ability to hang out with these guys without getting involved with drugs. But he crossed the line. Jonathan is broken and cannot find his way back to the comfort of his previous trust in Jesus. Rachel is estranged from her parents. In her freshman year at college, she is sharing an apartment with her boyfriend. She is torn between her emotional dependence on his attention and the fear that he will once again hurt her in a drunken rage. She has tried church but deemed it to be unsafe for a person like herself. This generation is the first to travel a truly postmodern pilgrimage where religious pluralism and faddish spiritual experiences are in vogue while Christianity is considered out of style. You want to reach them. But how? Richard Dunn suggests that the key is to set the pace in their lives--physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Pacing takes time. It requires listening to youth and digging beneath the surface. But it pays off, because pacing allows you to enter the world of an adolescent and communicate caring. In this book, Dunn shows you how to set the pace with sensitivity to the unique spiritual issues that occur during each stage of adolescent development: junior high, senior high and college.
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 21, 2001
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830822844 ISBN13 9780830822843
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More About Richard R. Dunn
DR. RICHARD R. DUNN (M.A., Ed.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the lead pastor at Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, where his responsibilities include directing a large student ministries program. He was formerly chair of educational ministries at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a fifteen-year veteran of church, campus, and camping youth ministries. Dr. Dunn is the author of "Shaping the Spiritual Life of Students" and "Can t Fight the Feeling" and the co-editor of "Reaching a Generation for Christ." Dr. Dunn and his wife, Teresa, have two children and live in Knoxville, Tennessee. MARK H. SENTER III contributed to or edited three generations of Moody Press youth ministry text books, the most recent of which is the Gold Medallion Book Award winning, "Reaching a Generation for Christ," co-edited with Richard R. Dunn. He has authored five other books. Recognized as the leading historian of Protestant youth ministry in America, Senter was honored by the Association of Youth Ministry Educators with the Distinguished Youth Ministry Educator Award in 2011. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute who earned his PhD at Loyola University, Chicago, Senter is Professor Emeritus at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois."
Reviews - What do customers think about Shaping the Spiritual Life of Students: A Guide for Youth Workers, Pastors, Teachers & Campus Ministers?
Must Have Feb 6, 2007
This book is an absolute must have for anyone who even knows an adolescent anywhere from Middle school through college. I had to read it for a youth ministry class & it still was the best book I have read in my entire college career. Dunn has tremendous insight & gives wonderful practical advice on how to approach problems within working with adolescents. Buy one for yourself & one for anyone else you know that works with students!
youth minister's point of view Jan 9, 2007
This is a good read. It is pretty common sense and those of us that have many years invested in youth ministry will find it full of reminders that we tend to forget ona day to day basis. Good reading for a newbie as well.
I refer back to this book often Oct 10, 2005
This book contains great information and advice on how to authentically interact with a teenager while in the role of mentor. There are also three chapters at the end of the book that deal with teen social, spiritual, emotional, etc. development. A wonderful book for people who want to fulfill the axiom, "it takes a village to raise a child".
Great Resource for Youth Workers Oct 5, 2005
I don't think I could recommend this book enough for my fellow youth workers. The book covers a great deal in it's 251 pages. The book is a good mixture of challenging ideas and refreshing stories from one of the larger names in youth ministry. Check out this book if you are looking for a quality resource about leading students into a meaningful relationship with God.