Books Worth Reading: Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker



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.

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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

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Books Worth Reading: Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry



Books Worth Reading

Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry

By Andrew Root



Andrew Root has authored and coauthored some of the most engaging and important books on youth ministry in the last 10 years. Here is another one of his engaging and thought provoking books. Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry is the third book of four from a series entitled A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry.

four book series


Book one: Taking Theology to Youth Ministry

Book two: Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry

Book three: Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry

Book four: Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry


In this series of books the reader follows the narrative of Nadia, a youth worker trying to understand and teach students about God, the Bible, Salvation and Mission. Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry focuses on Nadia discovering what it might look like to teach youth the Bible today.

It’s a book worth reading because:

–  It’s narrative helps to unpack the theological in a more engaging way

–  It’s brief in size (114 pages) but deeply insightful

–  It builds up a model of teaching the Bible that may actually get your youth reading their Bibles.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who cares for young people and desires them to have a reason to engage the Bible.

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