Send your teenagers on a 30-day adventure to discover the defining character traits of Jesus' disciples---things like fear, boldness, laziness, hunger, strength, immaturity, alienation, and sensitivity. Hey, wait a minute! Sound like somebody you know? Each biblically based reading features obvious---and not so obvious---truths and lessons, first-person teen commentary, and points to ponder. 96 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
A 30-day devotional journal for junior and senior highers---for small groups or private use Discipleship means being like the Big Twelve disciples, right? But, says author Mike Yaconelli, when you read the Gospels and Acts at face value, the disciples weren't always on top of things. In fact, the disciples were clueless, selfish, erratic, inconsistent, and faithless at least half the time. But Jesus loved them and used them all the more for it. Yaconelli scrubs away centuries of sentimental buildup and shows 21st century teens that there's hope for them, too. This thirty-day journal takes teens on an adventure through thirty character traits that are all marks of a disciple, things like fear, boldness, fearlessness, laziness, weakness, sensitivity, brokenness, alienation, hunger, immaturity, strength, and preparedness. Each daily reading includes an event from Scripture, a pointed description of that day's disciple's trait, a teenager's first-person commentary, the obvious and not-so-obvious truth lesson, Scripture references for extra reading on the trait, and questions that invite kids to ponder and write their own application related to their experience.
Mike Yaconelli is the author of bestselling books Dangerous Wonder and Messy Spirituality. He was the senior editor for the Wittenburg Door (1971-1996), a satirical religious magazine noted for its irreverent humor, in-depth interviews, and commitment to reforming the evangelical church. He was the cofounder of Youth Specialties, an international organization devoted to equipping youth workers through training and resources. Mike was a prophetic voice in the church-at-large and was a devoted husband and father until his death in 2003. SPANISH BIO: Michael Yaconelli (Julio 24, 1942- Octubre 30, 2003), escritor, teologo y lider, empleo cuarenta y dos anos de su vida como pastor y ministro de estudiantes. Era el pastor laico de la Iglesia Grace Community, dueno y cofundador de Youth Specialties, antiguo editor de The Door, autor de Espiritualidad sin hipocresia, y muchos libros mas. Michael, Mike, como lo conocian sus amigos, ha sido considerado el pastor de los pastores de jovenes en los Estados Unidos.
Devotion. A Raw-Truth Journal on Following Jesus is a youth thirty-day devotional that will change the life of any person who actively reads and journals their way through it. Mike Yaconelli was a pastor and youth worker with an obvious sense of the emotional, physical, and spiritual situations youth face. In this book he challenges youth to think and reflect on thirty traits exhibited by the New Testament disciples.
Some of the traits included are: boldness, daring, confusion, discouragement, doubt, alienation, fear, generosity, hatred, ordinary, overconfidence, sensitivity, shrewdness, strength, and weakness. Each devotional includes a paragraph or two defining the day's word, a scripture portion, a here-and-now story illustrating the word, a TOP 10 list request, and a journal section to complete.
"Ordinary means average, usual, plain, common, and typical. In other words, nothing special...and nothing spectacular...Disciples are just ordinary people who follow an extraordinary Lord...When it comes to following Jesus, being ordinary is one of the main qualifications."
This book is totally geared to youth. You find yourself turning the book every which direction to read the "Fact for the Day," or to follow a quote from the bottom up the side. The illustrating is marvelous. Yet I was challenged as an adult as I read the different situations he presented. Challenged--but encouraged. An unbeatable combination for a great read.
This is my first book by Mike Yaconelli, but it won't be my last. He was an awesome writer who told it like it is and leaves you wanting more. Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
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