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Coming of Age: Exploring the Identity and Spirituality of Younger Men Paperback – January 1, 2006

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"This book does an excellent job of presenting both the issues faced by younger men in their daily lives and spiritual journeys, and strategies congregations can use in walking with them. As the father of three younger men, I have experienced the struggles they face as they deal with questions around relationships, work and avocation, and spiritual hunger. These authors have provided ways for the church to take an aggressive approach to ministry with younger men through personal engagement and action, assisting them in working out the critical issues of their lives. If you are wondering 'where have all the young men gone?' from your congregation, this book is for you." — Bishop Mark Hanson, ELCA

"Authors Anderson, Hill and Martinson have heard the voices of young men whose stories reveal depth of spirituality and the workings of faith. In our "feminized churches" these are the marginalized. This is not a critique of women's places in our ministries. It is a corrective to make room for those outside. Truth in love. Buy this book. Read this book. Pray through this book and for women and men to find their place in our churches again." — Pastor Michael Foss, Senior Pastor of Prince of Peace in Burnsville, Minnesota, author Power Surge, Real Faith for Real Life, and A Servant's Manual

"Coming of Age is a major contribution to the field of men's ministry from the evangelical, mainline church perspective. It is must reading for anyone who cares about young men- and reaching them for Christ." —Doug Haugen, Director, Lutheran Men in Mission, the men's ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

"Coming of Age provides much needed information for the church regarding men and especially young men who are much less present in the pew than was the case just twenty years ago. We have in this book, reflective research identifying common themes based on the interviews of 88 young men from very different walks of life with suggestions as to how we can provide opportunities for young men to see God at work in the world and in the church. When young men live in a culture that focuses on self, work, sports, consumerism and personal experience suggestions are made as to how the church, can lift up forgiveness, repentance, sacraments and Holy Scripture. I recommend reading and reflection to pastors and lay leaders who wish to reach out the young men who are dropping away from the church in record numbers." — The Rev. Dr. Leonard H. Bolick, Bishop, North Carolina Synod, ELCA

About the Author

David F. Anderson is a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a private pilot. Scott Eberhardt is an associate professor in the department of aeronautics and astronautics at the University of Washington. He is also the director of the Kirsten Wind Tunnel and a private pilot.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806652241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806652245
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Brewer on January 14, 2014
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I bought "Coming of Age: Exploring the identity and Spirituality of Younger Men" hoping it was be a valuable tool to help the young men I've mentored and to equip Christian men in my life. I was seriously disappointed. It's really not a Christian book, it's one where what it means to be a man of God is defined by each man's opinion & not by God's Word. I threw my copy away.

Avoid this book!
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You will love the blending of the case stories with the conclusions and implications. The book gave our men's study group worthwhile discussion material.
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This is essential reading for church leaders. Paul Hill, David Anderson, and Rollie Martinson are involved in research and writing that will significantly change how we think about church, and the relationship between home and congregation. Their earlier book, Frogs Without Legs, set the stage, and now they are focusing more specifically on how to put the legs back on the church.

For a complete summary of the research, see [...] .
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