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  • Series: Youth Specialties
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (May 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310273137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310273134
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Walt Mueller is the founder and president of the Center for Parent Youth Understanding, a nonprofit ministry organization that has served churches, schools, and community organizations worldwide for nearly twenty years. He's a sought-after authority on youth culture and family issues and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and the BBC.

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Walt Mueller is the founder and president of the Center for Parent Youth Understanding, a nonprofit ministry organization that has served churches, schools, and community organizations worldwide for nearly twenty years. He's a sought-after authority on youth culture and family issues and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and the BBC.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Gormley on November 12, 2007
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I am a youth minister of over 300 high school students and to 250 junior high students. I discovered this book through the Youth Specialties podcast a few months back and was so taken by author Walt Mueller's report of youth culture that I purchased and devoured the book.

This book offers parents and youth workers alike an opportunity to see the major trends and attitudes that are working within youth culture. I think the best treatment in this book is on Media and Marketing. Utilizing this information, I taught a class to parents of teens and then had a Life Night (our weekly gatherings in our Life Teen program) for our senior high students on Media and Marketing.

This book, especially in conjunction with "Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenager", can equip the parent or youth worker to become "cross-cultural missionaries" for the life and love of the young people today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Turner on March 24, 2010
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Mueller's book is certainly fact-filled and informative which shines through as the strength of his book. Mueller, who updates his research for this book every few years, has given youth pastors, workers and volunteers a helpful guide for informing them about the world most American teens live in today. His research is well-documented and the quotes from teens and their peers help reinforce his data.

I believe the book is a helpful aid when looking for current data and research findings on our youth, but the book is certainly not a "how to" guide for youth ministry and Christian life formation. It's meant to be a survey over the various issues faced by current teens and the book definitely succeeds at that time and again with the numerous problems it discusses, from sex and drugs to entertainment mediums and peer relationships.

This book is a good guide for any youth pastor or volunteer wanting an update on current youth culture from a reliable and respected source in evangelical Christian youth ministry. Though the book is more of an informative survey than a helpful methodology relating to current youth ministry, I definitely recommend it for all those wanting a trustworthy source for research and engagement.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Wynne on March 6, 2008
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Mueller understands culture. Along with his passion to help youth, he delivers this necessary tool for any youth worker.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Jones on February 15, 2010
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Title: Youth Ministry 101 by Walt Mueller

Pages: 480

Time spent on the "to read" shelf: I started reading it right away, but I did not finish it until almost 3 years later.

Days spent reading it: About 3 years, but I finished half of it in about a week when I buckled down to finish it.

Why I read it: After seeing Walt Mueller at NYMC, Susan and I knew that we had to pick up his book and read it. He was incredibly knowledgeable about youth culture and specifically about how media shapes their worldview.

Brief review: Walt Mueller's book Youth Culture 101 is sure to be the standard by which all other youth culture books are evaluated. It is well documented, well thought out, and well presented. Mueller starts off with an overview of why culture is so important to understand, and further explains why youth culture is so unique. Mueller is especially impressive when it comes to youth and media. He dedicates a few chapters to the subject. He talks about how media (movies, music, TV, advertisements, etc.) really influences us. His main approach is to talk about how it impacts youth, but one cannot walk away from this book without evaluating your own media consumption. It's crazy actually how much we are exposed to in any given day.

Mueller has a simple message. We need to evaluate the message of media in our lives, not just consume the product it promises. He helps Christians to critically look at these influences, run them through a grid of how they line up with Biblical values, and then encourages us to act on how they compare. He has other resources that go over these same principles. It is called the 3-D approach to media. And you can find it, along with other resources on youth culture, at [...].
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