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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is needed now more than ever, March 3, 2012
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This review is from: Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture (Paperback)
I've been working with youth for over 17 years. During those years I have worked along side other youth pastors and youth leaders. What I have seen is what most are seeing in the church and youth ministry these days, that many churches in America have lost their roots, the means of Grace given to us by God. In his book, Cosby takes us back to what is missing in so many churches today. We tend to think that the means that God has given us to grow is not enough and we need to add our own thoughts, methods, and ideas into our ministry. Cosby takes us back to the basics of Scripture, Sacraments, and Prayer and then adds in Service and Community.

Cosby talks about holding our youth to high standards in teaching and expectations from youth. Don't we all want this for our children. We do this at home as we raise them. We don't try to entertain our kids, well at least I hope we don't, but we try to raise them to be responsible, learned Christians in the world who know Christ intimately and seek to deny themselves and follow Him. Shouldn't we expect the same from our youth ministry and church ministry?

There are some who will read this book and be encouraged because are already implementing this philosophy of ministry. May this spur you on to continue in faithfulness. Some will read this book and immediately shun it because of it's doctrine. The main takeaway from this book is that if we want to capture the hearts and minds hearts of our youth to grow up knowing Christ, serving him, and seeking him in the Word, then we need to take a close look at what Cosby has written.

Cosby's use of Scripture shows that he believes that Scripture is fundamental means that God has given us to know Him, know what He has done for us, and know what He expects of us as his children. Too often I have heard conference speakers, youth pastors and pastors teach and thought they were using Scripture but the lesson was not on the Scripture given, only used to "authenticate" the message. Cosby digs into areas of Scripture in his book that show he believes that Scripture can transform lives. Cosby's use of Scripture shows that he believes that Scripture is fundamental means that God has given us to know Him, know what He has done for us, and know what He expects of us as his children.

My hope is that those who read this book will be challenged to look at what Cosby presents. That they will look at their ministry to see if they are truly faithful to what God has called them to do. And, that youth pastors and youth leaders will be energized and refreshed and end the burnout that is going on in our country from trying to entertain our youth.
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