Growing Up Christian: Have You Taken Over Ownership of Your Relationship with God?  -     By: Karl Graustein, Mark Jacobsen
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 Growing Up Christian: Have You Taken Over Ownership of Your Relationship with God?

P & R Publishing / 2005 / Paperback

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Do you know teens that appeared to be Christians in high school, but later walked away from their faith? Young Christians that party on Saturday night and put on their Sunday best for church the next morning? High school students that are attracted to the values and practices of the world? This book is a unique resource that addresses the many issues that challenge teens growing up in a Christian environment. Packed full of practical suggestions, this book will help teens overcome these dangers and grow in their faith and love for God. Youth ministers, teachers, and parents will find here a helpful resource to use with 15 to 18 year olds.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 087552611X
ISBN-13: 9780875526119
Ages: 15-17

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Publisher's Description

Many teens are active in church youth programs, yet drop out of church later in life and never return. Other young adults rest on the merits of their parents’ faith without ever experiencing their own relationship with Jesus Christ. In this book, the authors seek to help teenagers who have grown up in Christian homes by reminding them of the blessings of growing up in a Christian home, warning them of some of the dangers they face, providing practical suggestions for avoiding these dangers, and urging them to think and live in a way that pleases God.

Author Bio

Karl earned a bachelors degree from Wheaton College in 1993 and a masters degree from Regent University in 1997. He is the headmaster at St. Simons Christian School on St. Simons Island, Georgia. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.

Editorial Reviews

As a ‘church kid’ myself, I know the dangers that accompany being so familiar with the things of God that you take them for granted. . . . [this] book is one that can shake teenagers and parents out of a false sense of safety and ignite a much-needed spiritual passion.
Growing Up Christian will provide a shot of encouragement to those uncounted teens who have grown up immersed in Christianity.
With much attention paid to converts, teens who grow up in the church sometimes feel like second-class citizens in their own home towns. This book can help them to count their blessings and pray for more.
If you’ve found yourself saying, ‘My testimony isn’t very exciting. I grew up in a Christian home,’’ then Growing Up Christian is just the thing to help you see how your Christian upbringing is an asset not a liability. The book’s wise teachings and compelling stories will affirm your faith, strengthen your resolve, and equip you for culture-shaping leadership.
Growing Up Christian is a great book. Karl Graustein gets it! He understands the pitfalls and dangers that track with the rich privilege of growing up in a Christian home. He addresses all the standard temptations; getting ensnared by sin, presuming oneself to be saved, craving for popularity. In winsome, “kid friendly” ways he turns the reader to knowing God, knowing the Bible, solid theology, fellowship with others. This book has a look and feel that young people will appreciate. Much of the teaching is found in engaging interactive text boxes that will make this book a small group leader’s dream. I look forward to seeing this book used in the church I serve.

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic Text for High Schoolers
    March 1, 2011
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ive been a Sunday School teacher for over 20 years and have struggled finding texts that are Biblically Solid, Relevant to High Schoolers, and Focuses on Practical Application.

    I've found that many "youth" books are geared to middle schoolers and miss the boat on what high school juniors and seniors are really going through.

    This book is focused on the kids that have grown up in church all their lives and makes them realize there are benefits and dangers because of that. The book challenges young people to realize they are prone to 1) thinking they are Christian - when they arent even saved 2) taking God's grace for granted 3) living double lives.

    It also encourages them to make personal convictions about what they believe.

    High schoolers need to decide what they believe and what boundaries they'll set up before they enter the confusing and spiritually challenging world of college. This book helps them work through it. Definately recommended.

    I also recommend the Seven Checkpoints by Andy Stanley..
  2. Great Northwest
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Might give your teen ideas
    February 25, 2011
    Great Northwest
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This book didn't work for us. We are home schoolers and don't deal with a lot of the peer pressure and boyfriend/girlfriend related topics discussed.

    However, if your teen is not in our situation I think this book could be helpful. It is graphic in how it describes senareos teens face- which can be good and bad.

    I recommend mom or dad reading it first then deciding if your teen would benefit from it.
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