Monday, February 4, 2019

Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel by Drew Hill

 Being a mom of two teens (and two future teens) this book has been very helpful understanding the challenges that teens face. My hope is that I can use what I learn to reach not only my kids but the youth that we are in contact with for Jesus. Author Drew Hill, shares experiences in a relatable language. That is a rare gift from an author to write in a way that feels like a conversation and Alongside is written that way. There are a few places to fill in blanks because at heart this book is a devotional too. This practical book is a must read for anyone with teens or working with teens.

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 About the book:

Alongside is a much-needed resource for both parents and those in youth ministry. In this transformative book, Drew Hill unpacks the challenges teenagers face and how youth leaders and parents can share the gospel with them at this crucial age. Full of practical insight and biblical knowledge, Alongside is an invitation to love teenagers well with the hope of the gospel.
Our teenage friends are full of questions and longings. They’re trying to figure out who they are, where they belong, and if they matter during this pivotal time of development—all while facing new realities of loneliness and isolation, despite their social media followers.
Teenagers want to be chased, and Alongside brings scripture to life and helps parents and those in youth ministry practically connect the life of Jesus to the lives of their adolescent children and friends.
Through Scripture and captivating personal stories from years of experience working in youth ministry, Hill pulls back the curtain and invites readers to step into the unfiltered world of teenagers.
How do we start meaningful conversations with our teenage friends? How do we build trust across the dining room table? What would it look like to prayerfully cultivate a group of leaders or parents with a shared goal of seeing Christ transform the lives of teenagers in our communities? What does Jesus have to say about caring for our middle or high school friends and how can he use us in his plan to rescue them?
Alongside offers practical application and biblical truths to highlight the complexities of relational youth ministry, address the needs real teenagers encounter in their daily lives and engage their hearts rather than just their behavior. Hill explores what it looks like to not only share the love of Jesus with our teenage friends but to share our very lives with them as well.

About the author:
Drew Hill is a pastor and author in Greensboro, NC. He is also on staff with the national Young Life office and provides resources for thousands of youth leaders around the world through his blog at Hill graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary in Colorado.

Hill writes, consults, and regularly speaks to teenagers, parents, and youth workers. Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel is his first book.

Drew and his wife, Natalie, have three children: Honey, Hutch and Macy Heart.

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