Monday, February 4, 2019

New Growth Press Review: Alongside by Drew hill

About the Book: 

Alongside is a much-needed resource for both parents and those in youth ministry. In this transformative book, Drew Hill unpacks the challenges teenagers face and how youth leaders and parents can share the gospel with them at this crucial age. Full of practical insight and biblical knowledge, Alongside is an invitation to love teenagers well with the hope of the gospel.

Our teenage friends are full of questions and longings. They’re trying to figure out who they are, where they belong, and if they matter during this pivotal time of development—all while facing new realities of loneliness and isolation, despite their social media followers.

Teenagers want to be chased, and Alongside brings scripture to life and helps parents and those in youth ministry practically connect the life of Jesus to the lives of their adolescent children and friends.

Through Scripture and captivating personal stories from years of experience working in youth ministry, Hill pulls back the curtain and invites readers to step into the unfiltered world of teenagers.

How do we start meaningful conversations with our teenage friends? How do we build trust across the dining room table? What would it look like to prayerfully cultivate a group of leaders or parents with a shared goal of seeing Christ transform the lives of teenagers in our communities? What does Jesus have to say about caring for our middle or high school friends and how can he use us in his plan to rescue them?

Alongside offers practical application and biblical truths to highlight the complexities of relational youth ministry, address the needs real teenagers encounter in their daily lives and engage their hearts rather than just their behavior. Hill explores what it looks like to not only share the love of Jesus with our teenage friends but to share our very lives with them as well.

About the Author:

Drew Hill is married to Natalie. They have three children: Honey, Hutch, and Macy Heart. Drew graduated from the University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his masters of divinity from Denver Seminary in Colorado. He is a pastor in Greensboro, North Carolina, and also works with Young Life.

My Thoughts and Review: 

I was very excited to read and review this book, being that I am a Mom to 3 Teenage Boys. Teenagers can be difficult to parent, as they begin to drift away and do their own thing. I believe parents still need to have a hold on our kids hearts and minds to continue to nurture them in the Word through the difficult situations of being a Teenager. 

Alongside by Drew Hill was a great read and very encouraging. The author breaks the book down into 21 chapters. It can be used by Parents or Youth Ministry groups. Each Chapter can be read in about 10 minutes a day. The chapters consist of Life situations that are tied into Biblical situations. The end of each Chapter has a section of questions or exercises for Parents and then a different set for Youth Ministry. A Scripture Verse and Prayer are also part of each chapter. 

My favorite Chapter was Chapter 2: SOS. It is about how teens and others are frequently sending out messages for "HELP" but the signs are missed by those around them. The questions for Parents are more of an exercise to get with our teen and have a meaningful conversation about being rescued. 

Our Teenagers in America and in the Church need Parents and Adults to come Alongside them in life and help them through the difficult years of growing and moving into Adulthood. Drew Hill has written an EXCELLENT book that should be a MUST read for all parents of Teenagers. I read this for this review and plan on using it for our family! 

Read A Sample Chapter HERE

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