This FANTASTIC book, edited by Dorothy Bass and Don Richter, was published in 2002 by Upper Room Books.
18 teens and 18 adults collaborate to write chapters about Friends, Stuff, Bodies, Food, Prayer, Music, Truth, Grieving, Creation to name a few (there are 20 different topics in the book). Rather than being a preachy book of don'ts, or offering predictable answers to predictable questions, the teens and their adult co-authors give some solid reflection and points of view on these different topics, and challenge teens with some practical suggestions to discover a “Way to Live” that brings God into all parts of their lives. Many of the adults who helped author this book are involved in youth theology programs like Ask & Imagine.
“Way to Live” can be easily ordered through the Anglican Book Centre, or on line through www.amazon.com. It makes a great book for youth groups, or for any teen who wants to see how their Christian faith connects to the world, and discover a “way to live” that faith.
Visit the Way to Live website for more information.
“…This book invites you into a community of people who don't just go with the flow. This community
9;s image of 'the good life' is not about having lots of stuff or being more successful than other people. Instead, it's about getting involved in the loving, challenging life of God.” “Way to Live” p 6
How could you use this book?
- Janine in Alberta used it as the basis for a confirmation class with teens.
- Jenny in Toronto used it as a study book with a group of youth to talk about 6 different faith practices they could follow during Lent.
- The Ask & Imagine program uses the different 'practices' in this book as the basis for peer teaching sessions.
- Dan in British Columbia gave it to senior youth at a weekend retreat and used it for theme talks.
- A parish in Southern Ontario used it as their Sunday Morning program with 13-15 year olds, using the 140 page Way to Live leader's guide (download it free here) to help them plan sessions.
- Christyn gave it as a gift to each of the graduates from a youth leadership training program in her Diocese.
You can get Way to Live from the Anglican Book Centre, from Augsburg Fortress, or from Amazon.com