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Bored with God: How Parents, Youth Leaders and Teachers Can Overcome Student Apathy
Inter-varsity Press / 2004 / Paperback
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In this book, Sean Dunn catalogs what he's seen of apathy in his ministry to youth. Teenagers can be frustratingly sleepy in their faith, but once these slumbering giants are awakened to a life with God, they can apply virtually tireless energy to the problems of a world bored with God. And their energy is particularly contagious. Dunn offers sympathetic guidance from the Scriptures for keeping apathy from spreading and for shepherding students into spiritual hunger.
You know that part of the Old Testament where the priest finds a suspicious sore on your arm and shaves a ring around it? A week later the priest takes another look to see if the skin has gotten better or if the sore has spread. If it's spreading, the priest knows you've got a big problem on your hands. Like most diseases, apathy surfaces in observable symptoms that are frustrating to its victims and to the people who care for them. Teenagers are particularly susceptible to apathy--and apathy is particularly contagious. In Bored with God, Sean Dunn catalogs what he's seen of apathy in his ministry to youth. He offers sympathetic guidance from the Scriptures for keeping apathy from spreading and for shepherding students into spiritual hunger. Teenagers can be frustratingly sleepy in their faith, but once these slumbering giants are awakened to a life with God, they can apply virtually tireless energy to the problems of a world bored with God. And their energy is particularly contagious.
The founder and president of Champion Ministries, Dunn has partnered with over forty denominations to minister to more than 200,000 young people and adults. He is the author of several books for youth, including
Bored With God by Sean Dunn is a captivating and compassionate look at the causes and cure for spiritual apathy in the youth of todays church. From the opening sentence of the introduction, familiar scenarios draw in the reader. It is this insight into the lives of church youth that is so valuable.
While Dunn has done an excellent job of identifying the problem of hypocrisy in church youth, as well as some of the its causes and the different forms it takes, he seems to be less specific about its cures. Admirably, he makes the point in several places that prayer is always the starting place, and he does this in such a way that it is not a mere cliché. But I was left with a vague dissatisfaction; I wanted him to say more. His sub-points in each chapter are good, but brief frequently no more than a paragraph. He makes appropriate Scripture references, but again, I wished for more clear Biblical applications. His sections on personalizing Scripture in prayer were some of the most appropriate examples of that practice I have read in some time. It was not a blanket to claim every promise of Scripture, and I was grateful for that.
Bored With God will be a helpful resource for parents and church leaders alike. Though not exhaustive, it is on the mark in its assessment of much of todays youth culture. Pam Glass, Christian Book Previews.com
"Sean Dunn has powerfully addressed an issue that has baffled and frightened countless parents and youth workers for far too long--the spiritual boredom that is present in so many teens. Sean's insights are powerful and accurate, and his tips are highly practical. This is breakthrough stuff!"
"In Bored with God, Sean Dunn confronts a deadly spiritual epidemic that is affecting young people everywhere: spiritual apathy. Sean's predominant research tool is life experience with teens, and he masterfully blends practical wisdom with real-life examples in every chapter. You will recognize young people you love in these stories and glean wisdom in how to help them catch fire for God."
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