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  • Series: invert
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (February 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310255597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310255598
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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.


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Michael Yaconelli has been in the ministry for forty-two years, both as a pastor and a minister to students. He is the lay pastor of Grace Community Church, owner and cofounder of Youth Specialties, former editor of "The Door", and the author of Dangerous Wonder. He lives in Yreka, California.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Previews on July 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Warren Benton on October 20, 2008
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I bought this because I am a youth leader and though it would be something to pull ideas from. I was quite suprised how truly good this book is. I Have find myself really getting deeper with this.
This is my second book by yaconelli, and he does not disappoint. He is very real and transparent. This book has given me many ideas of discussion with the youth I work with.
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I'm a youth pastor who is looking for some devotional material for my teens. Bad design might not be the best term. But the layout of the reading material is literally all over there place. There is stuff to read that is diagonal, sideways, upside down, small print, and large print. The font even changes. This doesn't necessarily mean that teens that read it cannot follow, but I have a difficult time reading a certain section because I try to start reading something else to the side of it, or above, or below, or in front of. It's crazy.
The material is great if you can get past all of that. Not everyone can.
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