Books Worth Reading: Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker

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Books Worth Reading

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker

By Andrew Root

 

Andrew Root in his book, Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, has created a wonderful biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. But at the same time has created an in-depth look at youth ministry in our day and time using the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Part one of this book takes you through the life and ministry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It’s not a typical biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as this one focuses in on what seems to be absent in most biographies about Bonhoeffer, his work with children and youth.

Part two highlights two of Bonhoeffer’s most popular works, Discipleship and Life Together and frames them around youth ministry today.

It’s a book worth reading because:

  • It’s an engaging biography of one of the most important theologians of the 20th century.
  • A deep look at his ministry with children and youth and how that work was a major influence in his writings and teachings.
  • A solid theological framework of embodying Dietrich Bonhoeffer in youth ministries today.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and/or people interested in rethinking youth ministry.

Got a book worth reading? Leave a comment below or email me nwheeler@cumberland.org

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Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker Online Book Club Meeting

It’s time for our first online book club discussion meeting. This month we will be discussing the book;

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision For Discipleship and Life Together by Andrew Root

Andy Root is the associate professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is one of the leading theologians engaged in youth ministry today.

Here is a summary of the book from Amazon

The youth ministry focus of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life is often forgotten or overlooked, even though he did much work with young people and wrote a number of papers, sermons, and addresses about or for the youth of the church. However, youth ministry expert Andrew Root explains that this focus is central to Bonhoeffer’s story and thought. Root presents Bonhoeffer as the forefather and model of the growing theological turn in youth ministry. By linking contemporary youth workers with this epic theologian, the author shows the depth of youth ministry work and underscores its importance in the church. He also shows how Bonhoeffer’s life and thought impact present-day youth ministry practice.

The online discussion will happen Wednesday, May 27th at 2PM CST (time subject to change). If you would like to receive an invite to the Google Video Hangout leave a comment below or email me at nwheeler@cumberland.org

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Youth Ministry Book Club

Hey everyone, this is Nathan Wheeler. I hope you are enjoying the blog. I was thinking of starting a youth ministry book club. We would pick a book, read it and get together online to discuss it.

The schedule would look like this:

Book One: Spring

Read March-April 2015

Discuss May 2015

I figured since it is my idea that I will choose the first book to start us off and as we continue take suggestions and decide as a group on what we would like to read next.

For Spring 2015,

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision For Discipleship and Life Together by Andrew Root

Andy Root is associate professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is one of the leading theologians engaged in youth ministry today.

Here is a summary of the book from Amazon

The youth ministry focus of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life is often forgotten or overlooked, even though he did much work with young people and wrote a number of papers, sermons, and addresses about or for the youth of the church. However, youth ministry expert Andrew Root explains that this focus is central to Bonhoeffer’s story and thought. Root presents Bonhoeffer as the forefather and model of the growing theological turn in youth ministry. By linking contemporary youth workers with this epic theologian, the author shows the depth of youth ministry work and underscores its importance in the church. He also shows how Bonhoeffer’s life and thought impact present-day youth ministry practice.

Over the next few months I’ll post a few blogs or quotes from the book.

To those of us reading the book we will set up sometime in May to discuss the book online.

Grab the book from a local bookstore or online and join the youth ministry book club!

If you plan on doing the book club send a comment below or email me nwheeler@cumberland.org

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