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Taking Theology 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: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (August 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310670764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310670766
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,000 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.


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.

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His use of characters is well thought out and fits within the framework of the message of the book.
Joseph T. Cochran
The book fleshes out these concepts in the context of Nadia and her struggle to bring that understanding to youth, parents and leaders of the church.
Paul Martin
In fact, I would say that it would lead someone, looking for help with youth ministry, to more questions than answers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Martin on August 18, 2012
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The scope of this book will be jarring for many who read it. It begins telling the story of Nadia and her difficulties in becoming a youth minister. Her struggles are those that all youth workers face (or should face) working with adolescents. After pieces of her story are told, the author unpacks the deeper ideas of her dilemma.

Basically, Root calls youth ministry into action by redefining theology as us reflecting on God's action in our lives rather than a static set of principles. He also clarifies youth ministry as seeking to participate in God's action with and for adolescents. The book fleshes out these concepts in the context of Nadia and her struggle to bring that understanding to youth, parents and leaders of the church. It doesn't focus on the how of youth ministry like most books, but instead distills the "why" letting that inform the "how."

I have been doing youth ministry for almost two decades. This book is the most helpful book I have ever read in affirming and articulating the evolution of youth ministry in my life. I read a lot, so this has a lot of weight. For veteran youth workers, this book should help to clearly see the situation working with teenagers.

For those newer to youth ministry, this book might be a bit unsettling. It provides a wonderful framework for beginning youth workers, but it should challenge many of the old paradigms youth ministry was built on.

Either way, this book should be a part of every youth minister's collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John M. Alexander VINE VOICE on September 1, 2012
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I admit, I'm biased. Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, written by Root, was a defining text in my direction as a youth pastor. It has set the pace for my work. So, whenever Root writes a book, I buy it.

With that being said, I read his latest, Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, in one day. It is, without question, a homerun. Root follows the journey of a youth pastor named Nadia and her struggles with incorporating real, substantial theology into the pragmatic world of youth ministry. And while Root bounces back and forth between practical examples of Nadia's journey and complext theology broken down into simpler forms and sentences, he does a masterful job of relating the two worlds.

Most theologians and academics struggle with saying anything that is practical for youth ministry or church in general (i.e., most seminary professors). However, in my opinion, there is no one better than Root at toeing the fine line of theology and ministry, or as he would say, letting ministry precede theology.

Root's writing doesn't appeal to one type of church or another. I love this. A lot of times, books will either appeal to the megachurch or the small-town church with 20 students. I find Root's writing to transcend size, denomination, and church type.

If you are a youth pastor, I can't highly recommend this book enough. If you are someone who works with youth, works in a church, is a pastor of any sort, please please read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Kramme on February 1, 2013
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I wish "Youth Ministry" wasn't in the title of this book because some people might not think it's for them. The content of the book and the thoughts it provokes have so much potential to deepen & enrich the faith of youth and adults alike.
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This book is a book that I enjoyed reading. There are several reasons why I liked this book.
1. The length and easy read. I enjoy books that I can sit and read in one sitting. It was also easy to follow along and understand what the author had to say.
2. There are points that Root makes that seem like no brainers, but I've never really thought about those points until I read this book.
3. He made the story of Nadia flow well. (I must admit though he went back and forth between the story and what he had to say and at times it was confusing because he doesn't really say when he's going back to the story and back to what he is saying.)

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I plan on reading the other three books in the series and plan on putting them in my collection. I would recommend this book to anyone who is wondering how to bring theology to youth ministry.
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