The list below are books that are currently being used by some of the educators and other faith leaders in the New Hope Presbytery!
Faith Formation through Christian Education & Youth Ministry
Sticky Faith is geared to spark a movement that empowers adults to develop robust and long-term faith in kids of all ages. This easy-to-read guide presents both a compelling rationale and a powerful strategy to show parents how to encourage their children’s spiritual growth so that it will stick with them into adulthood and empower them to develop a living, lasting faith.
- Sustainable Youth Ministries: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It by Mark Devries (IVP Books)-
You’re looking for a youth pastor. Again. What goes wrong? Why do youth ministries crumble? And what is the cost to students, parents, volunteers and church staff? Is a sustainable youth ministry possible, even after a youth pastor leaves? Youth ministry expert Mark DeVries knows the answer is yes, because he helps build sustainable youth ministries through his coaching service called Youth Ministry Architects.
- Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century: Engaging All Ages and Generations by John Roberto (Lifelong Faith Associates)
Reimagining Faith Formation is a proposal for what twenty-first century faith formation can look like. Lifelong Faith Associates is committed to helping congregations develop lifelong Christian faith formation for all ages and generations, increasing the capacity of leaders and communities to nurture faith growth in everyone.
The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation provides leaders with a deeper understanding of adulthood today, a vision of twenty-first century adult faith formation, and the tools and processes for designing faith formation for all the seasons of adulthood.
- Real Kids, Real Faith: Practices for Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Lives by Karen Marie Yust (Jossey-Bass)
In a culture that has lost touch with love, compassion, and meaning, how can parents be intentional about building a spiritual foundation for their children’s development? In looking to their own upbringing for guidance, parents often feel even more at a loss—they don’t want to make the same mistakes their parents did, so they either become too strict, or they take a completely hands-off approach. A pastor, a teacher, and a mother, Karen Marie Yust offers a refreshing array of resources and provisions to guide and sustain parents and children on their mutual journey.
- Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frathouse: Wrestling with Faith and College by Adam J. Copeland (Rowman and Littlefield)
- The Four Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World by Laurence Scott (William Heinemann Ltd)
- The Spiritual Child: New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving by Lisa Miller (Picador Publishing)
Miller makes a compelling case for the importance of nurturing faith formation in children. The author shares personal observations and new scientific information about the connection of spirituality to physical health, mental health, social awareness and happiness. The book offers many anecdotes that lead to the health, social awareness and happiness. The book offers many anecdotes that lead to the understanding that a child’s innate natural spirituality is a powerful lifelong strength and compass. Miller, an educational psychologist on the factually at Columbia University, writes to a broad audience — those who are religious and those who do not consider themselves religious will find her book to be a valuable read. It’s excellent information for families as well as faith educators.
The Importance of Being Little offers insight into the unique learning world of children ages three to six. Current research is shared, along with the personal experiences of author Erika Christakis, whose credentials include being a mother, preschool director and instructor of early childhood education at Yale. With dry wit and humor, Christakis reminds us to honor the unique strengths and vulnerabilities of young children. She urges us to make time to listen respectfully and guide children in ways that balance assistance and freedom. She observes that many times we miss the mark and offers ideas for improvement. It should be noted that the book comes from an educational rather than a theological perspective, but with that understanding, those who work with young children in the church will benefit from this author’s recommendations for education and nurture of young children.
Internationally known clinical psychologist and lecturer Wendy Mogel’s sage reflections on raising children in a world where entitlement and competition abound have struck a chord with thousands of readers.
In the follow-up to her bestselling book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, Dr. Wendy Mogel shows parents how to navigate the teenage years, when a child’s sense of entitlement and independence grows, the pressure to compete skyrockets, and communication becomes fraught with obstacles.
Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.
Rowboat churches depend largely on human effort. When church budgets shrink and membership declines, rowboat churches frantically row harder against a current, often frustrated and disappointed at their efforts. Sailboat churches, on the other hand, take up the oars, hoist sails, and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide them.
With lively prose (“a fresh voice and energy” -Publishers Weekly), Dana documents the Sabbath experiment as a guide for families of all shapes and sizes. Each chapter includes tips to help you claim Sabbath moments—to see time not as an enemy to subdue, but as a friend to savor.
In Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Fr. Richard Rohr helps us to understand the tasks of the two halves of life and teaches us that those who have failed, or gone down, are the only ones who can really understand “up.” Those who have somehow fallen, and fallen well, are the only ones who can grow spiritually and not misuse “up.” What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as “falling upward!”
For nearly two decades, this classic collection of tough, beautiful, and earthy prayers has lightened hearts and dared spirits to soar.
Interrupted follows the author’s messy journey through life and church and into living on mission. Snatching Jen from the grip of her consumer life, God began asking her questions like, “What is really the point of My Church? What have I really asked of you?” She was far too busy doing church than being church, even as a pastor’s wife, an author of five Christian books, and a committed believer for 26 years. She discovered she had missed the point.
Christ brought Jen and her family to a place of living on mission by asking them tough questions, leading them through Scripture, and walking together with them on the path. Interrupted invites readers to take a similar journey.
Immortal Diamond explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning in Richard Rohr’s inimitable style. This book likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation.