Resource of the Year: Youth
Your Teenager Is Not Crazy: Understanding Your Teen’s Brain Can Make You a Better Parent
By Dr. Jeramy Clark and Jerusha Clark (Baker Books)
The Clarks do a great job walking the reader through the minds of students. Many of us have heard about the link between teenagers’ brains and their actions, but the Clarks bring the facts of brain development and actions together. They walk through personal experiences, as well as research data, to give parents—but also youth pastors and leaders—insight into the thoughts of teens.
The authors deal with 26 commonly heard statements from students such as: “You don’t understand me,” “Why are you freaking out?” and “I can’t take this.” They break these statements down to give you a clearer picture of what it really means and what your response can be.
Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations Into the Family of Faith
By Chap Clark (Baker Academic)
Chap Clark writes and edits in this book alongside some great voices in youth ministry to speak about adoptive youth ministry: fully welcoming students into the family of faith.
Shine: Sharing the Light of the World
By Greg Stier (Dare 2 Share Ministries)
In this six-part video curriculum, which includes all the resources you need, Greg Stier and the Dare 2 Share team engage and challenge a group of students to share their faith.
Teen to Teen: 365 Daily Devotions by Teens
By Patti Hummel (B&H Kids)
This is an excellent pair of resources—a 365-day devotional written by teen guys for teen guys, and there is also one created by teen girls for teen girls.
EVALUATED BY RUSSELL ST. BERNARD, an Outreach magazine consulting editor, the youth minster at Reid Temple AME Church’s north campus in Glenn Dale, Maryland, and the founder of After the Music Stops.