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Teaching Fellow Recommended Books

Tripp, Paul David. Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens.

DeVries, Mark. Family-Based Youth Ministry: Reaching the Been-There Done-That Generation.

Senter, Mark, Wesley Black, Chapman Clark and Malan Nel. Four Views of Youth Ministry and the Church.

Fields, Doug. Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry.

Fields, Doug. Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry.

Borthwick, Paul. Organizing Your Youth Ministry. Zondervan, 1988, 252 pp.
This book contains sound principles of leadership and management from a veteran youth pastor.

Burns, Jim. The Youth Builder. Harvest House Publishers, 1988, 325 pp.
One of the best nuts and bolts books on youth ministry from a nationally established practitioner and trainer. Burns and Rice should be in your and every church or organization’s library.

French, Thomas. South of Heaven: Welcome to High School at the End of the Twentieth Century. Doubleday, 1993, 363 pp.
Unfortumately, this book is out of print, but find it. It will take you inside a typical high school, and what you will find will be troubling, heart touching and instructive.

Gurian, Michael. The Wonder of Boys: What Parents, Mentors and Educators Can Do To Shape Boys into Exceptional Men. New York: Putnam, 1996, 294 pp.
Several Books were written in the 1990's about society’s abuse of young women. Apart from the works of Jawanza Kunjufu written about black boys, in the 1980's, this is a first consideration of boys.

Pipher Mary. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. New York: Ballantine Books, 1994, 304 pp.
A powerful and important critique about our culture’s socialization of pubescent and teenage girls and how leaders and parents can respond.

Rice, Wayne. Junior High Youth Ministry. Zondervan, 1987.
Perhaps the first book to read on youth ministry, and the first to give to your volunteers and interns. It is a readable and inspiring book. This is an excellent introduction to youth ministry, junior highs, adolescent development and ideas for youth programs.

Ward, Pete, Sam Adams & Jude Levermore, Youth Work and How To Do It. Oxford, Eng.: Lnx, 1984, 158 pp.
A very thoughtful “how-to-do-it” and “how-to-train-others” manual.

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