Growing With: Every Parent's Guide to Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in Their Faith, Family, and Future

Growing With: Every Parent's Guide to Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in Their Faith, Family, and Future

by Kara Powell, Steven Argue


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Many parents of a teenager or young adult feel as though they're guessing about what to do next—with mixed results. We want to stay connected with our maturing child, but we're not sure how. And deep down, we fear our child doesn't want or need us.

Based on brand-new research and interviews with remarkable families, Growing With equips parents to take steps toward their teenagers and young adults in a mutual journey of intentional growth that trusts God to transform them all. By highlighting three groundbreaking family strategies, authors Kara Powell and Steven Argue show parents that it's never too early or too late to

- accept the child you have, not the child you wish you had
- work toward solutions rather than only identifying problems
- develop empathy that nudges rather than judges
- fight for your child, not against them
- connect your children with a faith and church big enough to handle their doubts and struggles
- dive into tough discussions about dating, career, and finances
- and unleash your child's passions and talents to change our world

For any parent who longs for their kids to keep their roots even as they spread their wings, Growing With offers practical help and hope for the days—and years—ahead.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801019265
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 603,609
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kara Powell is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (see Named by Christianity Today as one of "50 Women to Watch," Kara serves as a youth and family strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.

Steven Argue is associate professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and applied research strategist at the Fuller Youth Institute. He also serves on the board for the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. Steve researches, speaks, and writes regularly on topics surrounding adolescence, emerging adulthood, faith, and spiritual struggle. He and his wife, Jen, love being the parents of three emerging adult daughters.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Part 1 Growing With Parenting 17

1 Growing Up Today: How Our Kids' Paths Are Different from Ours 19

2 Pursuing the Growing With Posture: Parenting in Real Time 48

Part 2 Thriving In Family: "Withing" 73

3 Getting Warmer: Everyday Steps That Build Withing 75

4 Walls of Support: Withing That Repairs and Reorients Your Relationship 105

Part 3 Thriving In Faith: "Faithing" 135

5 Personal Faithing: A Quest for a Faith That Grows With 137

6 Faithing Together: Searching for Communities That Support Our Faith Journeys 165

Part 4 Thriving In Future: "Adulting" 199

7 Relational Adulting: Friends, Love, and the Search for Connection 201

8 Vocational Adulting: Shaping Our World through Service and Career 236

Conclusion: Growing With from Here On 273

Appendix: Growing Young Families Project 279

Notes 283

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