I wrote three books about helping teenagers in crisis with Rich Van Pelt—one each for youth workers, parents, and volunteers. These books are designed to help adults understand how to recognize a crisis when they see one and how to respond decisively and compassionately to get kids the help they need quickly and with as little drama as possible.
Youʼll learn how to:
• Respond quickly and effectively to crises
• Balance legal, ethical, and spiritual outcomes
• Forge preventive partnerships with parents, schools, and students
The International Justice Mission has a remarkably effective record of working to extract children from forced labor, release girls from forced prostitution, bring murderous cops and soldiers to justice and restore stolen land to poor farmers.
The Justice Mission helps youth workers engage teenagers to understand how injustice works and how to oppression beginning right where they are.
Good Sex 2.0 is a whole-person approach to understanding teenage sexuality, including tools to help youth workers involve teenagers in understanding, appreciating, and taking responsibility for their sexual behavior. And, good news(!) Good Sex 2.0 involves no lectures, intimidation, or moralizing.
The Good Sex 2.0 curriculum is treasury of help for processing and understanding:
When a holiday rolls around, busy youth workers sometimes find themselves left with heavy-handed—or, just as bad, goofy—resources that don't do much to help teenagers connect to the the celebration at deeper levels. This DVD-enhanced package includes group sessions, talk outlines, and short videos to energize lessons for
• MLK jr Day or Black History Month
• Valentine's Day
• Ash Wednesday, Lent or Easter
• Mother's Day
• Father's Day
• Advent or Christmas
Holidays is a thought-provoking, non-cheesey resource for youth workers (and maybe even parents) around some of the busiest times of the year.
A volunteer youth worker can be a flesh and blood display of God’s compassion for teenagers in a way no one else can—or she can be every teenager's nightmare, right?
After two decades as a paid youth worker, when I gave up that business card to work on a video series for youth workers called EdgeTV, I returned to the ranks of volunteer youth workers from which I came. That transition taught me things I never learned as a youth ministry professional. How to Volunteer Like a Pro records many of the most practical lessons:
• tips on what to do on the first day
• ideas about developing relationships with students
• ways to combat youth culture shock
• preparing teenagers for life after youth group
• saying goodbye when it is time to leave
...all that and a lot more that to help volunteer youth workers nurture teenagers to adulthood.
I'm convinced there are ten things we should never say to kids (there are more, but we have to start somewhere).
The trouble is, most of us grew up hearing these ten toxic messages—the toxic ten—from our own dear parents and teachers (and they from theirs’) and, even though we swore we'd never be that guy, God help us, with all those voices ringing in our ears, that's exactly the guy we turned into.
We can do better. The author of Raising Adults and (with Rich Van Pelt) The Parent's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis promises this book—by turns, funny and serious and a little bit weird—is about how to stop saying those ten things and how to replace them with ten messages that are way more useful to hear and a heck of a lot more fun to say.
As Brennan Manning turned 70, he decided the Sell-By date on one of his favorite books, Abba's Child, had expired - but only because younger readers seemed to struggle with the language he'd used to deliver what they all agreed, once they got it, was an astounding truth.
Brennan decided the solution to that problem was something other than expecting people to wait until they were older and had read a lot of other books to tackle Abba's Child. Instead, he asked his publisher to find someone to remix the book for a new generation. To my great joy, they picked me. And what popped out — because that's how books work, right? they just sort of pop out? — Brennan and I agreed neither of us could have written alone.
This unexpected collaboration on the extraordinary truth about how we can stop playing games, stop wearing masks, stop pretending things are better, or worse, or other, than they truly are, makes Posers, Fakers and Wannabes one of my favorite projects ever.
The Boy Who Believed in Magic is a story book for big people about getting unstuck ... or not.
It's just 2,000 words but it covers most of a lifetime.
It features wonderful illustrations by Gavin McKinley
It asks more questions than it answers.
15-year-olds get it. Sometimes their parents don't ... or won't.
I'm not big on those vague, "This is certainly a book" kind of endorsements marketers and other liars like to put on book jackets. I think what Brennan Manning, with whom I later worked on Posers, Fakers and Wannabes, told me in a letter is not that: Brennan said The Boy Who Believed in Magic is, "stunning in its simplicity, ruthless in its candor, raw in its power." I hope so ... I really do.