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Raising Giant Killers

Synopsis

As children grow and experience life, they face "giants" in many forms--the hurts, struggles, fears and temptations of the world that seduce countless young people away from their divine call to represent Jesus in both purity and power. It is vital for parents to train children to defeat these giants--to become giant-killers. 

With honesty, humor, and keen biblical insight, bestselling authors Bill and Beni Johnson help you discover the keys to successful parenting in God's kingdom. "Parents, we rule for the purpose of protection, but we also serve with the purpose of empowering," they write. "We want to release our children into their destiny--that's the privilege of parenting."

In these pages you will gain the wisdom, kingdom concepts, and practical tools you need to help raise your children to their best.

Sacred Pathways

If we are wanting to develop life-long disciples then it is important to understand that people connect with God in different ways. So often we have these default answers to how people should connect with God, but it is not how all people are wired. Heck, it is not how we are wired, but it is the advice we receive and so we do our best.

Sacred Pathways explores 9 styles of connection with God. As with all styles, people are often a mixture of a few. The better you understand the styles, the better you can lead people to find their primary way of connecting. A quick summary of each style is below.

Shaping The Spiritual Life Of Students

I read this book a number of years ago, but it still holds true as a good tool for discipleship and pastoral care.

The core principle of the book is about walking beside youth in their journey, at their speed. And walking with them in all areas. The author calls this pacing.

Here is an excerpt:

Book - Celebration of Discipline

I first read this book over 8 years ago as part of a course and while the language in that version was as little dated, the information was challenging.

There are three categories of disciplines that are covered here. Inward disciplines, which included meditation, prayer, fasting and study. Outward disciplines, which covered simplicity, solitude, submission and service. And corporate disciplines included confession, worship, guidance and celebration.

Book - Understanding Sexual Identity

I read this book a number of months ago in response to questions by some youth leaders. They were looking for some answers around ministry in the area of sexuality and same sex attraction (SSA). This book is written specifically towards youth ministry and so I found the language was fairly easy to understand, which is always helpful. I would recommend reading it as well.