The Five Smooth Stones: Essential Principles for Biblical Ministry. By Robertson McQuilkin. Nashville: B & H, 2007.
Review by Thomas Kimber, former church planter with the Evangelical Free Church International Mission, adjunct professor at Talbot School of Theology.
The future of Christian learning: an Evangelical and Catholic dialogue. By Mark A. Noll and James Turner; Thomas Albert Howard, ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos. 2008.
Review by Randall Nolan, Curriculum developer, Briercrest Distance Learning, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Theological reflection and education for ministry: The search for integration in theology. By John E. Paver. Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 2006.
Review by Sylvia Soeherman, Christian Education Department, Southeast Asia Bible Seminary,Malang, Indonesia.
Treating trauma and traumatic grief in children and adolescents. By Judith A. Cohen, Anthony P. Mannarino, and Esther Deblinger. New York: The Guilford Press. 2006.
Review by Kim Pond, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Religion,Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX.
Children and spirituality: Searching for meaning and connectedness. By Brendan Hyde. London: Jessica Kingsley. 2008.
Review by Annie George, faculty member in the Department of Christian Ministry, Faith Theological Seminary, Kerala, India.
Strategies for educating African American children. By Judith St. Clair Hull. Chicago: Urban Ministries. 2006.
Review by Dawn R.Morton, Adjunct Professor of Christian Education, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH.
Follow me:What’s next for you? By Greg L.Hawkins and Cally Parkinson. Barrington, IL: Willow Creek Association. 2008.
Review by Kevin E. Lawson, Director of Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in Educational Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons (Revised and Updated). By Howard Gardner. New York: Basic Books, 2006.
Reviewed by Betty J. T. Shen Lu, Doctoral student, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA
Renewing minds: Serving church and society through Christian higher education. By David S. Dockery. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman. 2007.
Review by Richard Holt, Vice President of Program Design, Lee Hecht Harrison Inc., Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and Ed.D. student, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA.
Transforming church: Bringing out the good to get to great. By Kevin Graham Ford. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House. 2007.
Review by Joy Eunjung Song, Ph.D. student, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
Real power: Stages of personal power in organization. 3rd ed. By Janet O. Hagberg. Salem,WI: Sheffield. 2003.
Reviewed by Troy Wathen, Headmaster, Providence Classical School, Spring, TX.
The teaching ministry of the church. 2nd ed. Edited by William R. Yount. Nashville, TN: B&H. 2008.
Review by Jeff Ritchey, Christian Education, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, Cochrane, AB Canada.
Introduction to Christian education and formation: A lifelong plan for Christcentered formation. By Ron Habermas. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2008.
Review by James Mohler, Chair, Department of Biblical & Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA.
Water from a deep well: Christian spirituality from the early martyrs to modern missionaries. By Gerald L. Sittser. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. 2007.
Review by Rob Rhea, Chaplain and Director of Student Ministry, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C., Canada.
Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ through Community. By James C. Wilhoit. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2008.
Reviewed by Mark H. Heinemann, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Dallas Seminary, Dallas, TX.
Helping our children grow in faith: how the church can nurture the spiritual development of kids. By Robert Keeley. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2008. 160 pp. $14.99. paper.
Review by Susan E. Payne, Assistant Professor, Christian Ministries, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN.
Review by Gregory C. Carlson, Chair and Professor of Christian Ministries, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL.
Review by Holly Catterton Allen, Associate Professor of Christian Ministries and Director of Children and Family Ministries, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR.
Because of the realities of postmodernism, contemporary youth are disconnected from one another, and from the church. The task of the youth minister is not confrontation with the culture, but to enter the culture as an agent of redemption. Rather than being motivated by fear, we must become ethnographic servants, capable of "reading' and serving the various adolescent cultures we engage. This article offers insights into contemporary cultural issues, and grounding in theological absolutes which must drive effective youth ministry in the current settings.
One of the most neglected groups within both church and parachurch ministries in this century has been that of the early adolescent. For decades, it has been overshadowed and sometimes swallowed up by heavy emphasis upon high school ministries. Though the 1980s have reflected a positive tend in the progress of junior high work, Mohler and Fortosis underscore convincingly the need for a greater understanding of the unique stage of early adolescence. Also included in the article are brief profiles of the early adolescent leader, effective junior high teaching approaches, and recommendations for the future of junior high ministries.