Delighted: What Teenagers Are Teaching the Church About Joy
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2020)
WHO: Youth experts Kenda Creasy Dean, Wesley W. Ellis, Justin Forbes and Abigail Visco Rusert
THEY SAY: “What does it mean to do youth ministry, not in order to achieve or create joy, but because of joy?”
THE BIG IDEA: Grounding youth in joy models a way forward for the church.
The authors tackle three dimensions of passion, acute during adolescence, that seem basic to joy: the adolescent need for fidelity, transcendence and intimacy. Also examined are three practices that allow God to make room in young people’s hearts: friendship, celebration and confession.