- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: New Growth Press; First edition (October 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942572069
- ISBN-13: 978-1942572060
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
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Get Your Story Straight: A Teen's Guide to Learning and Living the Gospel Paperback – October 13, 2015
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“We are story people, created by a storytelling God. Get Your Story Straight is a brilliant resource designed to help students discover the beauty and power of the greatest story ever written, the story of Jesus. This guide provides a creative and clear way for students to unpack the living and breathing Word of God.”--Louie Giglio, Passion City Church/Passion Conferences
“If you’re a teenager, you should know some things about Kristen Hatton and her new book: 1) She’ll speak to you honestly; there’s no soft-peddling the big issues. 2) She’ll treat you with dignity; there’s no talking down here. 3) She’ll take you seriously; she knows what’s at stake in your life. 4) She’ll help you to maturity; she’s learned the path. Good reasons to make Get Your Story Straight your book of the year!”--Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas
“After working with teenagers for decades, I am well aware of the challenges that come with adolescence. Kristen Hatton cuts to the heart of today’s ‘me-centered’ culture by placing Christ as the true hero of everyone’s story. With a heavy emphasis on how God exists for his own glory, this devotional is a humbling reminder of his transformative grace. It’s perfect for every teenager’s walk with Christ!”--Dr. Joe White, President, Kanakuk Ministries
About the Author
Kristen Hatton is a native Texan now putting roots down in Edmond, OK with her church-planter/pastor husband and their three children. With a public relations background from Southern Methodist University, Kristen has a wide array of professional experiences, none of which she counts as important as the job of being a “present” mom. Through leading a small group Bible study of teenagers, she has discovered her passion for teaching and writing about God’s grace. To see more visit kristenhatton.com.
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In going through this devotional, teens will learn about the problem of sin and their need for Christ, what he has done for them through the gospel, and what it means to be justified by faith. They will learn how the gospel transforms all of life, even the daily challenges of adolescence.
One such example comes from a study on Hebrews 12:
"Life is hard. We are weighed down by our sin, idols, circumstances, relationships, and trials and left here on earth to endure. Yet God, who providentially directs our paths, does not leave us alone. In fact, he sent his Son to endure life in this fallen world for us--to endure the rejection, hatred, mockery, and shame that followed him all the way to the cross. But he did it for the joy set before him, the joy of spending eternity in heaven next to his Father with YOU. Therefore, fix your eyes on him. He is the object of your faith, the perfecter of your faith, and the encourager for your faith" (p.216).
What I love most about Get Your Story Straight is that it teaches teens how to study the Bible and gets them in the word each day. The book is divided into 52 chapters, one for each week of the year. At the beginning of the week, the teen reads through a passage of Scripture and answers questions about what they read. On the next day, they read Kristen's explanation of the passage and consider more questions. Day three, the reader is encouraged to read the passage of Scripture again and answer more questions. Day four does the same. And day five encourages the reader to journal and pray about what they learned that week.
Kristen often points out repetitions of words and phrases and has the reader underline them. She asks specific questions of the text that help the reader understand what they have read. She then helps the reader think through how the text applies to their own heart. In addition, Kristen has the teen memorize various passages throughout the book.
As a mom of a preteen, I am thrilled about this book. Though my son is not yet a teen, I know he can already benefit from this study and plan to go through it with him. If you have teens yourself or will soon, you'll want to get this devotional for your children.
These devotions are written for teens who are engaging in the world of high school and sports and friends and relationships and teachers and employers and increasing responsibilities. Kristen Hatton definitely wrote to reach kids where they are, but she certainly did not "write down" to them.
Kristen leads teens to think about all the big themes- renewal and purpose and character and salvation and freedom and purity and truth and what it means to be a human who walks with God. And she continually draws the whole "Christian life" message back to its source- Christ.
Kristen openly addresses the pit-trap of moralism, that place where your behavior is excellent and you don't act like a rebel, but inside you're not resting in the love of God and you're not confident of His transforming grace. Way too many parent/teen resources are totally satisfied with moralism. "If we can only get them in line, and their outsides are clean, then we'll be happy." Kristen wants kids to be alive in Christ, alive to the work of God, and actively engaged in it.
That's what we need. And this book can be a mind-stretching, heart-strengthening, Jesus-proclaiming experience for those kids who will read it.
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