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Catt brings fresh insight to “stories of people in the Bible who displayed great courage when it would have been easier to play it safe . . . (who) challenge me to keep moving forward. They demand that I examine my priorities and deal with anything that brings fear ...
Catt brings fresh insight to “stories of people in the Bible who displayed great courage when it would have been easier to play it safe . . . (who) challenge me to keep moving forward. They demand that I examine my priorities and deal with anything that brings fear to my heart.”
Teen readers will be inspired to resolve to live for God as they learn more about Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, Ruth, Daniel, and many more.
Best-selling youth market author Amy Parker arranges the heart-stirring material into four categories: Courageous Faith, Courageous Leadership, Courageous Priorities, and Courageous Influence. Discussion questions are also included at the end of each chapter.
Introduction: Why You Need This Book and Why I Had to Write It 1
Section 1 Courageous Faith
Chapter 1 The Courage to Get Going 11
Chapter 2 The Courage to Face an Uncertain Future 23
Section 2 Courageous Leadership
Chapter 3 The Courage to Lead on All Levels 42
Chapter 4 The Courage to Be a Humble Hero 52
Section 3 Courageous Priorities
Chapter 5 The Courage to Make Up Your Mind 71
Chapter 6 The Courage to Choose and Refuse 82
Chapter 7 The Courage to Face Persecution 95
Section 4 Courageous Influence
Chapter 8 The Courage to Face Criticism 116
Chapter 9 The Courage to Stir Up the Fire 128
Chapter 10 The Courage Catalyst 140
Conclusion: We Need You! 147
My Resolution 160
Posted September 26, 2012
This book is a take-off from the film Courageous. Written in mind for our Teens. All Teens should have a copy of this book!
From the back cover of Courageous Teens:
You need the courage to stand strong when everything eles is falling apart.
You need the courage to say no when the world entices with diversions.
You need the courage to be a faithful leader of the next generation.
The authors not only use the film Courageous but also the Bible for their resources in writing this book. They have chosen courageous people from the film and from the Bible as roll models for our teens. What better role models than the people God has chosen to lead by example.
This book can be used as a devotional, for inspiration, bible study and group bible study. The question presented throughout the book will peak the teens interest and encourage them to apply what they have learned in their daily walk with God.
Teens are always looking for a hero. There are so many great warriors, leaders and teachers in the bible.
When you think of courageous people and the Bible at the same time who would you choose as a role model?
What is holding you back from being a Courageous role model to our youth?
"DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED. BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS."
JOSHUA 10:25 (HCSB)
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from HANDLEBAR-Central and B&H Publishing Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
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Posted November 15, 2012
Raising godly teens and tweens is a challenge. Whether you're a young person who wants to grow in your faith or a parent trying to lead your young person as they mature, it can be tricky to find books that will help in that process. Courageous for Teens is one of those books.
The book intertwines scenes from the movie Courageous with scripture and profiles of Bible characters who lived with courage. Abraham movign to a new land. Ruth moving to a foreign land. Add many of your favorite Bible stories to the list. Each chapter then ends with five application questions and each section ends with a page of recap. For example "Joshua found courage through...", "Gideon gained strength by..." When the teen finishes this book, they will have examined courageous faith, leadership, priorities, and influence.
It's a book the teen can tackle alone, in a group, or with their parents. It's easy to read and grasp the concepts. Then the challenge begins of applying those to your life.
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Posted September 18, 2012
"The story is told of a battle where the flag bearer got so far ahead of the regiment that the officer called back to headquarters and asked, "Shall we bring the flag back to the regiment?"
The commanding officer said, "No, make the regiment catch up with the flag!"
Today we need young people with the hearts of warriors; people who will run to catch up with the flag Christ carries ahead of us. People who won't turn back. But the responsibility to mentor those young people falls to me, to my generation. During our Disciple Now weekend in 2012, Tally Wilgis, pastor of one of our church plants in Baltimore, was our greatest speaker. Talley asked the students, "How many of you know for certain that one of your parents has led a person to Christ in the last year?" Out of the 250 students, only 12 stood in agreement.
In a church filled with "Bible-believing" people, it's hard for me to imagine we are that apathetic about sharing our faith. It is a denial of the Great Commission and a bad example for you, our next generation. Faith works or it is not faith. Faith gives evidence by what it does.
Unless the people of my generation take time to equip you, our young people, with spiritual courage, the church is just one generation away from extinction. In this book, I explore the examples of people in the Bible who displayed great courage when playing it safe would have easier. Each section begins with a segment of Joshua's story of courage and throughout we explore other leading examples of courage in the Bible, Esther and Moses, Daniel and Jesus - each story challenges us to keep moving forward. They cause us to examine our priorities and deal with anything that brings fear to our hearts. They call us to have a faith that matches our mountains.
If we can raise up an army of courageous soldiers for Christ, we can once again recapture that adventuresome faith of biblical days and win the world for Christ. It's not too late. We need to step out in faith! We need to be courageous! We need to do it now!" (pg 1-3)
In the book, Courageous Teens by Michael Catt and Amy Parker, the challenge for this next generation is laid out for teens to rise up and become empowered to lead the world in whatever capacity they can to Jesus Christ. Written by the creators of the movie Courageous, each chapter opens with a scene from the movie, and then moves on to a specific Bible passage to reference the chapters contents that lay out how to develop a courageous heart with a passion and call to follow Christ. The chapters close with some thinking questions.
This book would be an incredible resource to use in youth groups, church camps and Bible Study's to enable this next generation to be equipped in what is to be expected, how to develop courage, how to face an unknown future, creating the courage to lead on all levels, how to become a humble hero, how to do what's right when faced with what's wrong, and so many more topics. I am super excited to share this with our youth pastor so he can use it with middle schoolers and high school students to inspire them to be a positive change in the world. There is even a resolution pledge, much like the one listed in the movie Courageous that teens can sign showing their commitment to follow through on what they have learned through this book!
I received this book compliments of Handlebar Central and B & H Publishers for my honest opinion and can't wait to see how this generation can be equipped to carry on the Great Commission with boldness, courage, and all the right tools to be successful in sharing their faith and their personal testimonies. I easily rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to working within my own family and church to encourage our youth in the right direction when it comes to their faith. I look forward to hearing more stories of just how God will use this resource to help our younger generation prepare for the future.
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Posted September 14, 2012
Overview: Michael Catt with Amy Parker writes courageous Teens. Michael Catt is the senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Amy Parker has written more than twenty books for children, teens, and adults including the best-selling A Night Night Prayer and three Mom’s Choice Awards winners... She and her husband have two children.
This book would be a wonderful group bible study for teens and/or tweens. Mr. Catt gives teens a challenge to make a difference, be good at it, and overcome any challenge, become stronger in their faith. Catt gives them examples from the Bible of what and the how to do the challenges.
I am glad that I was given the opportunity to read and review Courageous Teens. I almost passed on it, and I am so glad that I did not. I respect the idea that Catt talks with these teens with maturity and respect for their thoughts and feelings. I enjoyed going through each challenge in the book i.e.: Courageous Faith, Courageous Leadership, Courageous Priorities, and Courageous Influence, I needed to read this book and apply allot of the content to my own life. I believe this book could benefit adults as well as teens. I feel the challenges made me stronger in my faith and taught me that we can all own our feelings, and have the right to feel the way we do.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the Publisher for my honest and un-biased opinion.
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Posted March 19, 2013
Posted March 19, 2013