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Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry (A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry) Hardcover – August 25, 2012


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  • Series: A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (August 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310670780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310670780
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph T. Cochran on January 23, 2013
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Andrew Root has undertaken the arduous task of writing a four-volume theology for youth ministry. Youth workers everywhere will benefit from Root's meticulous study by reading these four works and journeying with Root and his fictional narrative of a young female youth worker, Nadia.

After recently finishing the journey, I can attest to the towering value of this series. Because of the structure and style of this series, the reader receives more than just a canned collection of doctrine. Andrew Root's interchange between Nadia's wrestling with thinking and then applying theology to youth ministry and Root's own commentary on youth ministry sharpens the mind and forces youth workers to wrestle with the tensions and paradigms Root introduces.

Root undergoes the process of distilling theology by first walking youth workers through the concept of thinking theologically in volume one, Taking Theology to Youth Ministry. He proceeds to write on the significance of the cross in volume two, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry. His third volume tackles the difficult discussion of how to approach the scriptures in Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry. The fourth volume then explores missions and eschatology in Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry.

For the purpose of this review, a brief examination of the series strengths and weaknesses will be addressed, interlaced with observations and examples from each of volumes two through four. An in depth review of volume one has already been written here. Overall, I found this series to be a very rewarding read. Though I do not agree with everything the author says about theology and his philosophy of youth ministry, this work has been a primer for me to sort out my view of applying theology to youth ministry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M. Alexander VINE VOICE on September 1, 2012
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I finished his first of this series Taking Theology to Youth Ministry in a day; I did the same with this one. And since I've finished, I can't stop chewing on it and thinking about it.

The cross is not static or a set of principles to present to students. It is active. It is where God IS found, and it is the place we must point to God's presence for young people. The theology that Root presents is vital to youth ministry. If we present the cross as merely a symbol or something to be used when we need it, we are doing youth a disservice. We need to fully understand the implications of the cross in order to present God in meaningful ways to youth people.

I don't want to summarize the book for you here. All I want to say this book is vital to any youth pastor, adult who works with youth, anyone who works with a church, or pastor. Please, please read this book! And buy them for your whole team!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil on December 17, 2013
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Nadia's struggles and triumphs ring very true with me. Root's writing is simply pure genius in a lot of ways. I highly recommend this series of books.
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