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King of the Campus

Author: Stephen Lutz August 11, 2016

This book is aimed at students on their way to college; it is a discussion of how college is an opportunity to grow in Christian faith and in the Christian life. Amidst the party scene that encompasses so much of campus life, stress about college rankings, membership in fraternities and sororities as a means of […]

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Banned: Questions About Christians

Author: Christian Piatt May 20, 2016

This latest book in the Banned Questions series, published in 2013 by Chalice Press, lists 50 questions about the beliefs and habits of Christians and then proceeds to offer three different answers for each. The authors of the answers are taken from a pool of about sixteen contributors whose short biographical sketches are included at the […]

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Dwelling with Phillipians: A Conversation with Scripture through Image and Word

Author: Elizabeth Halstead, Paul Detterman, Joyce Borger, John D. Witvliet, Eds April 6, 2016

This resource from Eerdman’s publishing invites individuals or classes to study and experience Paul’s letter to the Phillipians through an “evocative juxtaposition of texts and images” (ix). Divided into sixteen sections, the book offers excepts from ancient and contemporary theologians, poetry, photographs, art and hymns alongside discussion questions and portions of Paul’s letter. For instance, […]

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The Gospel According to Harry Potter, Revised and Expanded Edition

Author: Connie Neal and Samuel F. Parvin April 1, 2016

The Gospel According to Harry Potter The Spiritual Journey of the World’s Greatest Seeker First published in 2004 by WJK books and revised and expanded in 2008 to include seven Harry Potter titles, this  resource invites youth to explore what the Bible and the Christian Church says about wizardry, magic and sorcery, how readers of the series might discern aspects […]

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Dive: Devotions

Author: Brian Keeley March 17, 2016

DIVE: Devotions Publisher: Faith Alive Resources Denominational Affiliation:  Christian Reformed Church (appropriate for any churches in the Reformed family) Year Published: 2011 forward Age Group: Teens Use: Intended to be flexible, for use as a discussion-starter resource for young teens, a freestanding curriculum resource for high school or older middle schoolers OR as Sunday School […]

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Quest of Faith: Understanding What you Confess

Author: Robert De Moor March 8, 2016

This older study, originally from 1989 and reprinted in 2009, would be a good resource to consider for groups of new members (especially younger adults or older teens)  who want to discuss and explore aspects of faith and theology as they clarify their own beliefs and understandings. The format of the book presents a lead […]

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D365 Devotionals for Youth

Author: Passport, Inc January 4, 2016

Don’t forget about the free, online, daily devotionals for youth D365.org launched in 2001 by Passport, Inc. whose goal has been to provide young people with inspirational, relevant Scripture readings and prayers. The site leads the viewer through five buttons: Pause, Listen, Think, Pray, Go and invites reflection and moments of quiet prayer. The effort […]

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From Twilight to Breaking Dawn: Religious Themes in the Twilight Series

Author: Sandra Gravett January 4, 2016

This book, written in 2010 by Appalachian State Professor of Philosophy and Religion Sandra Gravett, provides interesting insight into the popular Twilight young adult fiction series. Gravett is a Hebrew Bible and semitic studies scholar by training whose secondary field is religion and culture. The seven chapters each end with discussion/reflection questions, making it ideal […]

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Journey Toward Forgiveness: From rage to reconciliation

Author: MennoMedia November 14, 2015

This hour-long documentary available from MennoMedia on DVD includes seven short segments, separate stories that can be shown and discussed one-by-one.  The resource teaches healing and reconciliation by providing real-life examples of people who have overcome anger and pain to forgive.  The resource could be used with adult or older youth as a way to promote […]

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