Devotion. A Raw-Truth Journal on Following Jesus is a youth thirty-day devotional that will change the life of any person who actively reads and journals their way through it. Mike Yaconelli was a pastor and youth worker with an obvious sense of the emotional, physical, and spiritual situations youth face. In this book he challenges youth to think and reflect on thirty traits exhibited by the New Testament disciples.
Some of the traits included are: boldness, daring, confusion, discouragement, doubt, alienation, fear, generosity, hatred, ordinary, overconfidence, sensitivity, shrewdness, strength, and weakness. Each devotional includes a paragraph or two defining the day's word, a scripture portion, a here-and-now story illustrating the word, a TOP 10 list request, and a journal section to complete.
"Ordinary means average, usual, plain, common, and typical. In other words, nothing special...and nothing spectacular...Disciples are just ordinary people who follow an extraordinary Lord...When it comes to following Jesus, being ordinary is one of the main qualifications."
This book is totally geared to youth. You find yourself turning the book every which direction to read the "Fact for the Day," or to follow a quote from the bottom up the side. The illustrating is marvelous. Yet I was challenged as an adult as I read the different situations he presented. Challenged--but encouraged. An unbeatable combination for a great read.
This is my first book by Mike Yaconelli, but it won't be my last. He was an awesome writer who told it like it is and leaves you wanting more. – Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
Discipleship means being like the Big Twelve disciples, right? But, says author Mike Yaconelli, when you read the Gospels and Acts at face value, the disciples weren’t always on top of things. In fact, the disciples were clueless, selfish, erratic, inconsistent, and faithless at least half the time. But Jesus loved them and used them all the more for it. Yaconelli scrubs away centuries of sentimental buildup and shows 21st century teens that there’s hope for them, too.
This thirty-day journal takes teens on an adventure through thirty character traits that are all marks of a disciple, things like fear, boldness, fearlessness, laziness, weakness, sensitivity, brokenness, alienation, hunger, immaturity, strength, and preparedness. Each daily reading includes an event from Scripture, a pointed description of that day’s disciple’s trait, a teenager’s first-person commentary, the obvious and not-so-obvious truth lesson, Scripture references for extra reading on the trait, and questions that invite kids to ponder and write their own application related to their experience.