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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”1506446744″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”216″]Honest, Knowledgeable Answers
to Pressing Science Queries
A Brief Review of 

Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs,
and Zombies: Youth Ministry
in the Age of Science
Andrew Root

Paperback: Fortress Press, 2018
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Reviewed by Leslie Starasta
Many individuals inside and outside of the church feel that science and faith are incompatible.  An oft-repeated story is that of the active youth group member who heads off to the state university only to have their Christian faith shredded by a professor.  However, these questions are bubbling to the surface at an earlier age as high school and even junior high students, particularly in our STEM-obsessed society, are faced with these issues.  Church members, parents, and church staff, particularly youth ministers, are often unprepared to face the questions young people raise and can easily fumble the question.  Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science provides a much needed and engaging resource to help with these questions.

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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0801098467″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”167″]One of the best theology books released this month is: 

Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church’s Obsession with Youthfulness
Andrew Root

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2017
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Here is a great book trailer video in which Root introduces the book, and its connection to philosopher Charles Taylor’s important work: [easyazon_link identifier=”0674026764″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]A Secular Age[/easyazon_link]

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Here are a some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

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[easyazon_link identifier=”0802868576″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Hope and Community: A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World[/easyazon_link]

Veli-Matti Karkkainen

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Quote of the Day:
“A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.”
-Norman Cousins, Writer
Born on this day 1915

Poem of the Day:
Songs of the Summer Days
By George MacDonald

Kindle Ebook of the Day: 
The Children of Divorce: Loss of Family as Loss of Being
by Andrew Root – Only $1.99!!!
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The Wake Up Call – June 24, 2014


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A Review of Four New Books by Andrew Root on Theology and Youth Ministry.


Part 2


Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry.
Hardback: Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2013.
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Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry.
Hardback: Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2013.
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Reviewed by Jasmine Smart


The most frequent complaint I’ve heard from fellow seminarians about studying systematic theology is that it doesn’t seem to matter. The people I meet every day in my ministry just want to know that there is something to live for, and that Jesus can work in their lives. In the words of a popular internet meme: “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For” something like the Trinity, or Atonement, or other theological jargon like that.


Andy Root continues to impress me with his ability to take theological issues and contextualize them into a contemporary ministry setting.  The implication is, even without recognizing it, everyone is working from a theological perspective, and because of that, it is better to be aware of your own theology (and those theologies others might have which might clash with yours).

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0310670764″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”233″ alt=”Andrew Root” ]Passionate Reflection on God’s Action

A Review of Four New Books by Andrew Root on Theology and Youth Ministry.

Part I

Taking Theology to Youth Ministry
Hardback: Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2012.
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Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry
Hardback: Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2012.
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Watch for Part Two of this review tomorrow,
covering Books Three and Four of this series!


Reviewed by Jasmine Smart


I did not start thinking about a possible future in Youth Ministry until I was close to completing college. I was not the type who left high school wanting to still be a kid myself, which I think, accurate or not, is a stereotype I hold about youth ministers. I was definitely ready to grow up, and if I went into ministry, I wanted it to be with adults, that way I could bring the theology I loved to ministry.


Yet I never could quite get teenagers out of my mind as I realized for many of my peers in college, much of their worldview and ideology had already been shaped in high school or earlier. So when I discovered a series of publications committed to making youth ministry more aware of its theology, I had to take interest. Andrew Root describes this phenomenon in a previous book a “theological turn” in youth ministry, and he says: “I believe a small but growing (in numbers and depth) group of youth workers are ready, even yearning, to think theologically about youth ministry” (Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, 10).

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