Stories of Emergence
Synopsis: Follow the stories of these "formers" who were steeped in their beliefs - a former fundamentalist, Pentecostal, liberal, feminist, communist, and several others - and walk with them on their journeys to authentic faith. Description: Imagine coming to...
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Synopsis: Follow the stories of these "formers" who were steeped in their beliefs - a former fundamentalist, Pentecostal, liberal, feminist, communist, and several others - and walk with them on their journeys to authentic faith.
Description: Imagine coming to a crossroads where you're no longer sure who you are, why you do what you do, why you believe the way you do. You're not even sure you care. Where do you go?
Follow the stories of people who were steeped in their beliefs - a former fundamentalist, a former Pentecostal, a former liberal, a former feminist, a former communist, and several other "formers" - and walk with them on their journeys out of those beliefs. See what twists and turns arise before them, and find out what they learned (about faith, themselves, their beliefs, the world) as they emerged on the other side.
This diverse group of Christian leaders discloses and shares in vulnerable, uncommon ways, allowing you full access into their doubts, fears, convictions, and unanswered questions. Each takes you on a path from absolute to authentic: from a place of false conviction and thin resolution, through struggles and growing pains, to a new place that's much more about process than about having "arrived."
When it comes to journeys of faith, we often don't know what lies at the end of the road. It's difficult to take the first step when we are so unsure of the destination. As you read these stories, you'll find there is room to challenge your fears as well as your faith. 240 pages, from Zondervan.
The Christian leaders contributing to this book are a collection of "formers"-former fundamentalist, former Pentecostal, former liberal, former feminist, former communist, and others. Here they share their transformational journeys of and to faith, disclosing their doubts, fears, convictions, and unanswered questions. Church leaders will gain insight into their own journeys as well as those they seek to minister to.
Mike Yaconelli was the founder of Youth Specialties. He spent 43 years of his life in ministry to youth, and 20 years as a pastor of a small church in Yreka, California (in recent years, Mike called it "the slowest growing church in America"). Mike and his wife, Karla, split their time between Yreka and San Diego. Mike speaks on the Heart of Youth Ministry training video, wrote The Disciple Experiment: A Faith-In-Action Student Journal and dozens of other youth ministry books. Mike was also the author of Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith, and Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People, which are both available in book stores or online from Youth Specialties.
Before Mike passed away in October of 2003, he wrote two more books for Youth Specialties: The CORE Realities of Youth Ministry and Devotion. His fingerprints are all over Youth Specialties and this websiteyou can't miss his presence here!