I firmly believe that if your theology doesn't challenge you to be involved in your community, work to bring about change, create inclusion, and seek justice for those on the edges of our society, then something is wrong. This book encourages us to do all of these things; inspiring those who work with young people to take seriously the political aspect of Jesus' ministry. I warmly welcome it.
Facilitating students to understand the wider political and social policy context they work within whether this is in the church, voluntary or statutory sector is a vital part of all our courses. Helping youth workers with a Christian value-base understand the concepts, language and implications inherent in contemporary work is essential if opportunities to make a difference in the world are to be maximised. This book is a very provocative and timely critique of these matters and an excellent resource for both student and experienced youth workers.
Nigel's research is a brilliant up to date resource for our trainee youth workers. His book is both stretching and challenging: copies will definitely be available in our library!
It is obvious that this is a book born out of extensive research and thought, and yet it remains accessible. Whether you want to help young people engage with politics or are a young person wanting to put theological flesh to your political passion, this book is a perfect starting point.