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Courageous Teens Paperback – September 15, 2012
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About the Author
Amy Parker has written more than twenty books for children, teens, and adults including the best-selling A Night Night Prayer and three Mom’s Choice Awards winners. Amy and her husband have two children.
- ASIN : 143367906X
- Publisher : B&H Kids (September 15, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781433679063
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433679063
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.45 x 8.5 inches
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There are 4 sections and 10 total chapters. Each chapter has questions at the end and each section has a recap page. These would be really useful in a group setting.
The first section "Courageous Faith" is about learning to trust God. It uses a lot from the life of Abraham to teach. It encourages teens to find what motivates them and to find courage regarding facing a future that we don't always plan for our selves. It uses the examples of Esther and Joseph.
The second section "Courageous Leadership" is about a personal relationship with God, finding courage to lead and be a humble hero. It used Joshua and Moses as some of the examples. I like the inclusion of Gideon here. That's a study in learning to be humble and let God have all the glory!!
The third section "Courageous Priorities" is about doing what's right. This is probably the hardest lesson for teens. So many are pulled in so many directions. It's good to ground yourself in your faith and let that be your guide. Examples are Elijah, Martin Luther and Moses. The chapter on facing persecution is, I'm afraid, going to be more and more relevant to teens. The Biblical example is Stephen.
The final section "Courageous Influence" is about taking what's been learned so far and using it to reach others. I like that this section uses modern examples as well as Nehemiah and Paul. The chapter regarding mentoring has really touched my heart and given me a desire to reach out to the youth in our church.
This is a powerful book, with a powerful message. I cannot wait to hand it to one of the youth group leaders at church and suggest that this be the Spring Bible study.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.
This book consists of 10 short chapters that include a life message based on themes of trusting in God, becoming great leaders, setting priorities, enduring persecution, and influencing others. These messages are supported by scripture, discussion questions, recaps and relevant quotes from the movie Courageous, on which Michael Catt was executive producer. The format lends itself to group or independent Bible study as well classroom use.
The only (slight) downside is some of the life lessons tend to become a little long winded and almost "preachy" in tone, so those with a shorter attention span might need to take a break and come back to reading latter. In my opinion as an educator and parent of an autistic child, this is a very minor disadvantage that could be easily overcome when preparing the studies or lessons based upon the book, and do not detract from its overall usefulness as a teaching tool.
If you are concerned about equipping children for living in an increasingly high tech world that exerts a tremendous amount of pressure on them to conform, or if you just want to take your own Christian walk up a notch, you'll find plenty of tools to use by reading Courageous Teens. I recommend it to everyone who wants to learn how to take a stand for Jesus.
I received a free copy of this book from Handlebar Marketing in exchange for an honest review. The review expressed here reflects my own thoughts and opinions of Courageous Teens. Courageous Teens