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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Judson Pr (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081701733X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817017330
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens offers a prophetic prescription for young people surrounded by challenging realities by facilitating a platform that empowers, engages, and enriches with the transformative power of faith in God. Via powerful biblical narratives, Rev. Tune frames the optics of hope and change for a generation poised to lead our cities out of the desert of despair and into the promise of tomorrow.” --Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Hispanic Evangelical Association

God’s Graffiti will arrest your attention. All who read this book will be blessed by the insights and inspiration that reflects both his wisdom from the school of hard knocks and his wrestling with the Word of God. Young people and young adults will appreciate his “real talk” that gets in your face with Good News that’s biblically based. He brilliantly gleans lessons from Scripture and makes sense out of the nonsense that haunts those who are hurting. Those who have known a life of privilege should also read God’s Graffiti. It will sensitize you to the plight of those who continue to be victimized by injustice and inequality. Christians will be challenged to join Rev. Tune in his ministry on the front lines bringing hope and healing to the hood.” --Frederick Douglass Haynes III, Senior Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Chairman of the Board, FaithFormula Human Services Corporation

>“With raw candor and vulnerability, God’s Graffiti speaks to so-called at-risk youth with the voice of one of their own. Author Romal Tune, writes to these young people as one who knows, testifying to the God who restores their beginnings and transforms their endings. A wonderful resource to use for devotion or Bible study that is destined to become a classic in working with at-risk kids.” --Dr. Felicia Howell LaBoy, Assistant Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair, Director, the Center for Urban Ministry, United Theological Seminary

About the Author

Romal Tune is Founder and Executive Administrator of two touchstone organizations dedicated to connecting faith communities, corporate and public entities, social-change advocates, and underserved young people: the national non-profit Faith For Change, which solicits community involvement with high-needs schools, and FFC Consulting, which engages and connects companies and organizations with the faith-based community at large. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post as well as other publications, Tune is also a popular motivational speaker and teacher. He graduated magna cum laude from Howard University and Duke Divinity School.

More About the Author

I'm a father, a public speaker, author, and a Harley rider. I believe "change is a contact sport." That means we can't allow ourselves to be spiritual spectators. God is active in our lives and calls us to be active in the lives of others: "What does the Lord require of you?
 To act justly and to love mercy 
and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8) Your life has purpose. My career goal is to help people overcome the pain of their past and live in purpose. The biggest thing I want you to know is that you matter. Your dreams matter, your story matters and your future matters. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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This book blessed my life in amazing ways; it will do the same for you!
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Romal Tune's life stories and the unique view of stories of the Bible make this book relatable and doable.
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Everyone has a story to tell and God's Graffiti tells us the story of many of our lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Juana Jordan on July 8, 2013
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If you ever wondered whether you could have a do-over, whether your life really means something or whether its messiness could be used for something great, God's Graffiti is the story that says, "YES!" It's a blueprint and roadmap of how God can transform's life's traumatic circumstances and produce one that has purpose and movement.

Courageously written and thoroughly reflective and insightful, Romal Tune takes the mask off, gets raw and becomes brutally honest and transparent. He reveals, through the stories of biblical characters he labels as at-risk, such as Moses, Jephthah, Esther, and Rahab, who he was and has now become -- and who we ALL can become -- as a result of the transformative power of God. His is a story about God's grace throughout history and God's unwavering love. In a clearly-written style that tells it like it is, God's Graffiti gives teenagers language for what they have or may be experiencing and offers them, through reflective questions, an opportunity to retrace the steps of their own lives and see the possibilities ahead. It is indeed a story as Romal Tune says that takes "lives [that] may not seem to communicate much of anything to other people" and spotlight the "beauty, meaning and deeper story behind the experiences God uses to write the stories of our lives."

Although the title says it is for the teens and young people in our lives, it is also a book every adult, every church youth group and anyone who works around and with young people should read and have on their bookshelf. Through Romal Tune's own life-changing experiences and that of the experiences of the Biblical characters he has chosen to do case-studies on, Tune shows how our own Humpty-Dumpty falls can indeed be pieced back together again.
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I found this book to be a great read for many different audiences. Romal does a great job of instilling belief, and conveying the foundational confidence that God gives us in each of the stories he shares. Also, his ability to share a fuller perspective of historical/Biblical figures and their life journey was enlightening. I found myself looking at the Bible with a different perspective and getting re-invigorated to look at it more in depth after getting burned out after studying Theology in college. I have spent time building relationships with youth and running youth programs and made sure to get the book in their hands. In addition, after spending time running a youth organization this past year, we made sure to buy the books as Christmas gifts for youth in our North Minneapolis community. In addition, I have been sharing this book with board members, donors, and community members as a point of education, awareness, and inspiration. This book flows across historical, cultural, and generational lines, making the message relevant to a wide audience and useful in multiple capacities. I was blessed by this book when I first read it and continue to be blessed by it every time I pick it up!
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By Kyla Jones on September 2, 2014
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God's Graffiti is a must have!!! For anyone looking for direction, confused about their identity in the spiritual sense, unsure where to turn - read this book!! It's amazing how Mr. Tune is able to take ancient biblical text and transform it into relational theology everyone can understand. Boy, girl, old, young, this is a must read for every demographic and every market.

Romal Tune has a clear vision when it comes to writing prophetic text to inspire today's generation to move forward in life and not let your past define you. It's an awesome resource to use for any organization, especially youth leaders and will change the lives of your teens in the most magnificent ways. Young Ladies 4 Christ, Inc. has used this as their summer reading text, and to hear the young ladies speak so highly about the book and how it has changed their lives, is the most amazing thing ever! They are absolutely ready for his follow up!

Order at least 3-4 copies because you will want to share and pass the good word on. God's Graffiti is one of a kind and will remain a classic in the eyes of many!! Don't miss out!!
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By chuck Wilson on August 4, 2014
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Romal Tune takes the reader on a dual journey that consists of: his personal path to freedom and various parallel biblical anecdotes that offer a glimpse into the complexities of the lives well-known bible personalities. Tune combines the spiritual aspects of finding oneself and the difficulty of accepting and forgiving caregivers who didn't always make the best choices for us during our early years.

Tunes triumphant journey is inspiring to all who have ever fallen, gotten up and pressed onward to fulfilling one’s dreams and aspirations. God's Graffiti should be required reading for ALL primary caregivers of children -- as well as teachers, coaches and anyone invested in making a difference in the lives others (and themselves)!
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I purchased this book after hearing Rev. Tune speak at the Children's Defense Fund Proctor Institute. His relational theology as told through the organization of gangs was absolutely brilliant. His book proved to be just as brilliant. In fact, I have now used several chapters of God's Graffiti with groups of tweens during summer camp sessions. The message of Rev. Tune's story seemed to reach all of these tweens - all of whom came from a mixture of different socioeconomic, race, and faith backgrounds. This is a powerful book for any group.
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