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Overview Mueller believes that in order to reach youth with the truth of the gospel, adults need to see what they see and hear what they hear. This text will help readers navigate teens' world views in order to share matters of faith. (Ministry and Pastoral)
Publishers Description Before we can reach today's youth with the turth of the gospel, we need to see what they see and hear what they hear. We need to catch the messages encrypted in their culture and understand what's really being communicated. InEngaging the Soul of Youth Culture Walt Mueller, founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, helps us to navigate the troubling and confusing terrain of teen worldviews so that we can effectively and compassionately pass along good news: our God is their God, our Savior can be their Savior.
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Christianity Today - 11/01/2007 page 81
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.92" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830833374 ISBN13 9780830833375
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More About Walt Mueller
Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. His organization is always looking for new ways to be salt and light in the culture-at-large. Walt's the author of eight books and is a sought-after authority on youth culture and family issues.
Walt Mueller currently resides in Elizabethtown, in the state of Pennsylvania. Walt Mueller was born in 1956.
Reviews - What do customers think about Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture: Bridging Teen Worldviews And Christian Truth?
New Take on Ministry Nov 6, 2006
I ablolutely loved this book. I enjoyed Mueller's approach to Youth Ministry--as missions. The youth culture of today can be so diverse and distant that it looks like a foreign mission field. It is very important to investigate carefully what is really going on. His statistics are frightening. I suggest that anyone who is involeved with youth should read this--the parent, the YMCA associate, teacher, or the local Youth minister.
Right on Target Jun 25, 2006
Perhaps you've read books in the past that give you that "aha"! And other books that give you that distinct impression that you're not nearly as smart as you thought you were (there are quite a few books that fit that description for me!) Walt Mueller has accomplished both for me. As a 12 year youth ministry veteran, I've never read a book quite so realistic in its portrayal of youth culture today (with the exception of perhaps, Chap Clark's *Hurt*). At the same time, unlike Clark's work, Mueller brings a great deal more practical hope... that the gap between youth culture and "adult" culture, while expansive, is very much crossable when the Gospel, mixed something so simple as our committed presence and willingness to enter into their world, incarnationally, as it were. Please do not read this book as another "ministry made easy" type book. It just won't do justice to the breadth of Mueller's insights and the depth of his empirical study of this culture (or for that matter, to the unique difficulties inherent in youth ministry). And make no mistake, it is a culture, with it's own unique language, worldview, and ways of social/relational engagement. Mueller's book is a great road map to engage the soul of youth culture. That's his thesis, and he delivers.
Home run again Apr 27, 2006
Dr. Mueller has once again combined good research with parental insights to provide a balanced view of the youth culture. He is not angry or alarmed--only passionate about a positive outcome for this generation. Must read for parents and youth workers.
Hands On or Hands Off? Apr 24, 2006
The title of Walt Mueller's latest book begs the questions, "Why should we engage the soul of youth culture? And what does it mean to do that?" With great skill, Mueller ably answers both of those questions. In terms of the first question, Mueller makes some great points about the failure of the Church to adequately minister to youth. My favorite illustration is that of the minister who was sitting on a youth culture "expert" panel who had the chance to talk to a non-Christian youth. After explaining how he passed a particular group of kids on his way to his office at the church each day, he began to wonder how to reach those kids. The non-Christian youth answered, "Get out of your office."
Some will be challenged by the reasons Mueller gives for engaging youth culture. But if we do not make attempts to understand the world our youth live in, then we leave them to a world more than ready to give them answers. In terms of the second question, "How?" one engages the culture, Mueller gives wonderful, hands on tools to get the job done. Through practical tips and examples from his own process, Mueller gives the novice youth culture watcher the tools he or she needs to get a grasp of what's going on in kids' lives.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, pastor, youth worker or teacher, "Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture" is a challenging and practical gift to the Church. A must read for anyone who has anything to do with young people.
Great content and insight Mar 23, 2006
Being a person who works and speaks with at-risk students (who aren't these days) engaging their culture can be one of the most frustrating yet rewarding experiences. It is difficult keeping your message relevant. This book was engaging with its useful information and insights. It has helped me look at what I do differently and has changed the lens in which I look at things.