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Book Review: When Good Kids Make Bad Choices

Fitzpatrick, Elyse, Jim Newheiser, and Laura Hendrickson. When Good Kids Make Bad Choices. Eugene, OR.: Harvest House Publishers, 2005. 255 pp. $12.99. When Good Kids Make Bad Choices, authored by biblical counselors Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jim Newheiser in partnership with counselor, former medical doctor, and psychiatrist Dr. Laura Hendrickson, is a remarkably clear and practical text for parents struggling to cope with rebellious teens. In fact, though it is targeted

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Book Review: An Unstoppable Force, by Erwin McManus

McManus, Erwin Raphael. An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had In Mind. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2001. Erwin McManus is the Lead Pastor of Mosaic, a growing and innovating church in Los Angeles. When he came as Pastor to the church, it was known as “The Church on Brady” and, while it had been growing for a time, it had plateaued and begun to decline (6). In

Book Review: Breakout Churches, by Thom Rainer

Thom Rainer’s Breakout Churches is the result of an extended research study into churches that have experienced significant and extended evangelistic growth after a period of plateau or decline. After surveying, contacting, gathering information, and comparing, Rainer examined 50,000 churches for the book (13-14). His selection process required that churches retain the same pastor through both the decline and the growth, that they have had at least 26 conversions annually

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Book Review: Think Orange, by Reggie Joiner

The Main Idea: In Think Orange, Joiner makes the case for churches and families to join together to lead their children spiritually, then continues in the text to give various methodologies and strategies for forming an “Orange” merger of the church with the family for a more powerful ministry to kids (10-11). The Good: This book headlines the current drive in churches to prioritize encouraging and equipping families for ministry.

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Book Review: Age of Opportunity, by Paul Tripp

If one were to ask the average parent of a teenager to describe the experience of raising teens in one word, “opportunity” would almost certainly not be the word they would use. In fact, most parents regard this time in their child’s life as a terrifying and frustrating period that they can only hope to endure without injury or scandal. Paul David Tripp, however, writes that the teenage years can

Book Review: Shepherding A Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp

Tripp, Tedd. Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Second Edition. Wapwallopen, PA.: Shepherd Press, 2005. 212 pp. $13.96. Shepherding a Child’s Heart has, for years, been one of the most foundational texts for Christian parents seeking advice on how to raise their children biblically and soundly.[1] Author Tedd Tripp, a “pastor, counselor, school administrator, and father,” shares key insights from experience within his family and ministry and from Scripture to help parents