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These lively and effective illustratoins, stories, parables, and anecdotes have been collected from many of youth ministry's best speakers, then compiled and edited by veteran youth worker Wayne Rice. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but they are all guaranteed to make teenagers think and remember the truths they illustrate. These field-tested, topically indexed stories include tips, strategies, and guidelines on how to choose and use them. Take a cue from Jesus, who spoke with parables and sprinkled his talks with stories and illustrations, and let these powerful anecdotes give your youth talks that extra spark you're looking for.
Even the greatest teachers know that nothing teaches like a great story. Which is why youre holding in your hands yet another collection of 100 stories, parables, and anecdotes for youth group talks--the fourth installment of the best-selling Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks series compiled by Wayne Rice. These imaginative, thoughtful, read-em-off-the-page yarns are perfect for bringing youth talks to life, whether your stage is Sunday school, camps and retreats, small groups . . . even parent meetings! These all-new, teenager-tested tales are straight from the "Illustrations That Always Work" files of veteran youth workers such as-- Kara Powell Rick Bundschuh Sonny Salsbury Tim Timmons Les Christie Chuck Wysong Darrel Pearson --and many others! Whatever your talk is about--salvation or self-image, adversity or alcohol, marriage or missions, God or greed--youre sure to find the perfect illustration for it in these pages. PLUS, youll get-- A topical index to all illustrations Tips, strategies, and guidelines for choosing and using these anecdotes Suggestions at the end of each story for ways to tie it into your teaching Dive into more than a years worth of spiritually rich narratives that will enliven your teaching and help make Gods truth a little more concrete for your students.
Wayne Rice is founder and director of Understanding Your Teenager (UYT), an organization serving parents of teens and pre-teens. He is adjunct professor of youth ministry at Bethel Theological Seminary (San Diego) and at North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls. He lives with his wife in Lakeside, CA.