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Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids Paperback – September 28, 2011
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About the Author
Dr. Kara E. Powell is an educator, professor, youth minister, author, and speaker. She is the Executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (see www.fulleryouthinstitute.org). Kara also serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties and currently volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue church in Pasadena, CA. She is the author of many books including Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids (with Chap Clark) and Deep Justice Journeys. Kara lives in Pasadena with her husband, Dave, and their children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica.
Chap Clark, PhD (Univ. of Denver), has more than 25 years of experience in youth and family ministry. He is Associate Provost for Regional Campuses and Special Projects and Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Chap’s extensive books, articles, and videos focus primarily on relationships. Among his many books are Hurt and Hurt 2.0; Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World (coauthored with his wife, Dee); and Deep Justice in a Broken World. Chap and Dee live in Gig Harbor, Washington.
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According to their research, between 40 and 50 percent of kids who graduate from a church or youth group will fail to stick with their faith in college. Only 20 percent of those who left the faith planned to. That means 80 percent of those who abandoned the faith were planning to stick with it. On the positive side, they estimate that between 30 and 60 percent return in their late twenties. But this still means between 40 and 70 percent of students who leave their faith never return.
Powell and Clark make a few initial points I found particularly helpful. First, parents influence the faith of students more than anyone (or anything) else: "More than even your support, its who you are that shapes your kid" (21). My research and experience as a teacher confirms that this is true. Second, there is no sticky faith bullet. There is no single reason why kids leave and no single reason that will make them stay. Young people are complex and their faith is influenced by a host of factors.
The core of building a sticky faith, say Powell and Clark, is helping kids develop a clear and honest understanding of the gospel and biblical faith. Sadly, most Christian kids understand the gospel in terms of what we do.Read more ›
By Kara E. Powell and Dr. Chap Clark
Reviewed by Clint Walker
Drop into many churches in the United States and you will hear parents and grandparents making the same complaint. The church will be full of older folks, with a few middle-aged people sprinkled in. In most of these churches you will hear how the church was once full of children, but now there are hardly any young adults or children present. They will go on to say that some of their children live nearby, and yet they cannot get them to join them in their church involvement. "What are we to do?" they ask, "How could have things been different?"
Into this world of concern about young people retaining their faith come the Fuller Youth Institute, and its leaders Kara Powell and Chap Clark. Combining keen insight with painstaking research, Powell and Clark believed they have uncovered some thoughtful ways parents can raise their kids so that their faith "sticks" even after they leave home. Their learning is compiled in the book Sticky Faith. Much of what they have to share is very helpful, and parents would be wise to heed it.
Over and over again, children and teenagers cite their parents as their primary role models and their heroes. Thus, Sticky Faith directly challenges parents to be very intentional in their child's spiritual development, and addresses them as the primary influencers that they are.
The book challenges parents to be involved in their children's lives on a number of fronts. First, it encourages parents to live their faith transparently before their children, and to invite their children into a family that functions as a community of faith.Read more ›
what to do to help you child "Stay in the Faith". You will be Blessed by this information and maybe even shocked by the statistics. Be on guard and use this book as a tool to keep your children from falling away from their beliefs.
A MUST READ if you care about the future of your children!
I found this book to be very insightful...one that I will probably re-visit every five years or so to get fresh ideas as my boys grow older. Right now (at ages 4, 6, & 8) I recognize the need for my husband and I to model and talk about our faith with our boys, also including them in serving others. The book talks about the need to surround children with a web of healthy adult relationships who will encourage and care about them. There are also many helpful suggestions for the later teenage years and to help with the transition to college. While I feel a long way off from that phase, I can remember my own college experience, and the advice provided seems to be right on target. The authors "top suggestion is this: trust the Lord with your kids and continue to ask - maybe at times beg - the Lord to build in them a sticky faith." There are certainly things we as parents can do, but ultimately we need to trust them into His hands.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.
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Incredible read! I would recommend pastors, parents, and anyone in ministry or mentoring youth to read this book. Worried about students keeping their faith in the long-term? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tanner
Excellent insight and practical suggestions. We need to flip the Church's current 70%-85% failure rate with teens to a 70%-85% success rate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sticky Faith is awesome! Great for preparing high school seniors (or younger) for college. At the very least it gets them thinking and planning for what they'll do.Published 8 months ago by Seth Beardsley
A very culturally molded book about how to ensure kids don't lose faith. The author while trying to make a noble attempt at providing the secret sauce of ensuring your kids keep... Read morePublished 9 months ago by J Mac
Don't let the tagline fool you--this book isn't about messy, crafty Bible activities for little children. Read morePublished 9 months ago by FreeShippingAddict