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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (September 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310668751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310668756
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Relationships Unfiltered is especially well designed for volunteer leadership teams with thoughtful discussion questions for each chapter. If you only have time to read through one book with your leadership team this year---this is the one! (Youth Worker Journal)

About the Author

Andrew Root (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota). He is the author of several books, including Relationships Unfiltered and coauthor of The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Kenda Creasy Dean. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs, Kirby and Kimmel. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.


More About the Author

Hey, my name is Andrew Root (I go by Andy), I teach classes on youth ministry, young adults, family, church, and culture (all with a deep theological bent) at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. I've written ten books that are out (and two on the way). You can see those below. I live in St. Paul, my wife Kara is a Presbyterian minister and we have two kids (Owen and Maisy) and two dogs (that destroy my yard). When I'm not teaching and writing I watch a ton of TV and movies and I'm a huge Twins, Wild, and Gopher hockey fan. Check out my webpage, find me on Facebook, or follow me on twitter.

www.andrewroot.org
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Root does a wonderful job of bringing the theoretical down to the practical.
Charles May
Root centers the book around adult relationships with youth at the most influential time of their lives.
Lance Quick
This is a MUST read for anyone involved in the life of a tween, pre-teen, or teenager.
C. Rowe

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Casey Mccollum on October 5, 2009
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I have been involved with Youth Ministry for almost 10 years and i have read dozens of YM books. Without a doubt this book rises to the top (along with "Revisiting Relational YM" from which this book comes). In the rubble of YM programming books Root's offering is actually THEOLOGICAL in nature, not simply pragmatic or utilitarian. His claims that relational YM can be problematic and misguided might be off-putting at first to some but if you truly grasp what he is saying it will be a game changer for how you do ministry.

It is time for a more theologically rigorous youth ministry because pizza parties and Play Station won't change the world - or our students lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles May on June 7, 2010
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This book is outstanding. Root does a wonderful job of bringing the theoretical down to the practical. I used his book during our staff training at my camp (a Lutheran family camp) to illustrate what it means to really be there for someone. I love how he uses Bonhoeffer and Luther's theology of the cross. It really spells out why Christ's crucifixtion and resurrection are models for our relationships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance Quick on May 3, 2010
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There is a misconception in the congregation and maybe even the youth ministry field centered around relational youth ministry. Root takes it on and does it in a readable concise way. Root centers the book around adult relationships with youth at the most influential time of their lives. It is OK to be human with the youth, in fact preferable to having an agenda for conversion to a way of thinking. Youth need and look for someone to be "real" with them. This includes pointing out an offending behavior in a honest but non demeaning way. In a field driven by numbers and programs, it is refreshing to see ministry and theology center and to the front. Ministry has never been about "club" atmosphere but about helping the "needy" person. Root challenges the professional youth person to get the ministry into the congregation, maintain their own integrity with family and friends, and keep God front and center.
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By C. Rowe on August 30, 2010
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This is a MUST read for anyone involved in the life of a tween, pre-teen, or teenager. I might go as far as saying it's a MUST read for anyone involved in the life of a church. Andrew Root does a remarkable job of defining the role of the youth worker - both paid and volunteer. Relational youth ministry is all about being present in the lives of kids - it's no different than having a relationship with anyone else. No special knowledge is required, just a willingness to be open to sharing life together.

I highly recommend this book to all people involved in congregational life.
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This is a fantastic, easy to read, narrative book which makes it a great addition to the youth minister's library to give to others. I fully plan to use this as a small group study for my youth workers. It is a compelling and for the more scholarly types, read Revisting Relational Youth Ministry.

Andrew Root hits the nail on the head when he recommends that we stop meeting with youth with an agenda in mind and focus on the relationship. It is an excellent read!
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By Poppa S on April 19, 2014
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This book is a must read for youth ministers who truly are trying to reach the youth they serve. This teaches how we can either be followers and proclaimers of Christ, or just salesman for a Church
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