Are you ever intimidated by teenagers? Do they seem different, strange, or even incomprehensible to you? How are you and others in your church doing in reaching out to them with the gospel and seeing their lives completely transformed by the power of God? In order to help parents, church members, and youth pastors, Walt Mueller has written a very convicting book about how Christians can effectively carry the gospel into the lives of postmodern American teenagers.
Believing that today’s youth exist in a unique culture, Walt Mueller calls upon Christians to think of themselves as cross-cultural missionaries right here in the United States. And as cross-cultural missionaries, he believes that one of the most important things that we are failing to do is to listen to the youth around us, striving to understand who they are and what they are experiencing. “We aren’t listening, and we don’t even know it!” (p. 19).
What is the solution? Mueller calls upon Christians to infiltrate the tumultuous, media-shaped culture of today’s youth to understand them so that we can effectively share the gospel with them. The goal is not a profession of faith, but an all-of-life transformation that flows from true, God-wrought salvation.
Although this book will make many professing Christians uncomfortable, it will definitely help members of the body of Christ understand post-modern youth culture, and help them to begin to consider how to best reach our lost, sinful, American teens. – James Billings, Christian Book Previews.com
Before we can reach today's youth with the turth of the gospel, we need to see what they see and hear what they hear. We need to catch the messages encrypted in their culture and understand what's really being communicated.
In Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture Walt Mueller, founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, helps us to navigate the troubling and confusing terrain of teen worldviews so that we can effectively and compassionately pass along good news: our God is their God, our Savior can be their Savior.