Drawing on years of experience as a teen advocate, Joseph Moore provides insight into how teens think, while offering tips to help you confidently talk about such delicate issues as prayer, morality, sin, and guilt. With practical information for anyone offering spiritual guidance to a teen, this book is an indispensable resource.
This revised and updated edition contains practical information for those undertaking the responsibility of spiritual guidance for a teenager. Providing an understanding of what makes a teenager "tick," this book will give you the skills and confidence to persuasively talk about such delicate issues as prayer, morality, sin, and guilt. Whether you are preparing for a role as confirmation sponsor or simply seeking to inspire and understand the teens in your life, this book is an indispensable resource.
This revised edition offers fresh solutions to current issues for teens and the adults they confide in. This practical information takes into account the needs of teens as they sort out the conflicts in their lives.
Joseph Moore is a former teacher and youth minister and program director at Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he worked to reintegrate offenders back into the community. He is the author of Choice and Connect. He lives in North Easton, Massachusetts.
The book When a Teen Chooses You by Joseph Moore is a must read for any adult who might find themselves in a position to provide spiritual guidance to teenagers. The book's simple and direct style helps to take the fear out of providing guidance to teenagers.
This book is not one that tells you what to say to a teenager. It is not one that acts as if teenagers are bumbling idiots who need to be told exactly what to feel, think, say or do. Instead, this is a book that helps you to understand the questions a teenager might have and how to direct a conversation so that the teen is able to come to their own conclusions within a recognized spiritual framework.
I particularly enjoyed this book because it encouraged the adult to simply guide the teen through thoughtful questions. The author assumes that a teenager may need guidance but does not necessarily need black and white, yes and no answers. By encouraging the adult to guide rather than direct, a door is opened to providing a relationship built on mutual respect. It is precisely this sort of a relationship that will allow a teenager to feel safe in coming to an adult when they need help sorting out a spiritual or moral concern. Lost in the Laundry Pile
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