Becoming a Young Man of God: An 8-Week Curriculum for Middle School Guys

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From the time they're born, boys are given a 'code' to live by: don't cry, don't play with dolls, don't be a wimp...you get the picture. For a middle school guy, it's tough enough to figure out what it means to just be yourself---let alone how to become a man.

Becoming a Young Man of God is an eight-week study that will help them discover what it really means to be a man. With fun, interactive activities and age-appropriate discussion questions, you'll find that this study will ...

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Overview

From the time they're born, boys are given a 'code' to live by: don't cry, don't play with dolls, don't be a wimp...you get the picture. For a middle school guy, it's tough enough to figure out what it means to just be yourself---let alone how to become a man.

Becoming a Young Man of God is an eight-week study that will help them discover what it really means to be a man. With fun, interactive activities and age-appropriate discussion questions, you'll find that this study will help small groups of middle school guys learn how they can become the men God created them to be. In this study, you'll help guys:
• critically examine what they've been taught about what it means to be a man
• explore the rich heritage of men in the Bible
• discover their identity in God
• find new ways to feel confident

Help the guys in your group begin the journey to manhood with a clear perspective on what it means to be a man. Help break the code.

** After you've helped guys break the code, you can help them study the ultimate man---Jesus, in Living as a Young Man of God. Focusing on the life of Christ, they will learn to deal with the issues most guys face.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Karen Jensen
Becoming a Young Woman of God and its follow-up, Living as a Young Woman of God, are designed as eight-week curriculums for middle school girls ages eleven through fourteen, with male counterparts to each book for the same age range. These books are interactive workbooks with brief explanations and lots of write-in activities and questions for discussions. They focus on topics such as what it means to be a man or woman of God, looking at culture and its influence, making choices, setting goals, and more. The female series focuses on feelings and self-worth; although the male series includes these topics, it also includes a look at leading in ministry. All four titles follow the same format and are easily accessible to their target audience. They also do a good job of helping teens personalize the information and internalize the concepts that are being taught. Youth Specialties is one of the leading producers of youth ministry materials and these workbooks continue in that vein; however, given their format, they are not suitable for most school and public libraries. They definitely work best in a small group setting that is focused on spiritual growth and development. In the copies reviewed, the Man of God titles included a brief chapter that was followed by a leader guide/outline to help navigate the discussion while the Woman of God titles did not. Overall the male-oriented titles were slightly more developed than those for girls, but as a whole they comprise a good series of books that meets its intended goal. Reviewer: Karen Jensen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310278788
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Rawson is the middle school director at The Chapel in Sandusky, Ohio. He graduated from Dartmouth Middle School in San Jose, California, had locker number 423, and was not allowed to attend the actual graduation or the dance afterwards! Somehow he still made it. Ken loves to hang out with his sweet wife, Jen, and their kids Ciera, Noah, Charis, and Maverick.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Puzzle of Manhood     8
Breaking the Code: Taking Off the Mask     12
Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up? Media Versus Reality     32
Extreme Makeover, Guys' Edition: Being a Child of the King     46
Identity, Part One: You Are Loved by God and Forgiven Forever     62
Identity, Part Two: You Are a New Creation, Holy and Free     76
Finishing the Task: Men Are Responsible     92
Cross Training: Men Train Spiritually for the Race That Matters     106
Men at Work: Leading in Ministry     124
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