Live Smart: Preparing for the Future God Wants for You

Live Smart: Preparing for the Future God Wants for You


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A Guide to Living Wisely While You're Young

As a professor and youth director, author Dan Dumas has seen that young people have high expectations for themselves. They want their lives to matter, and there's no reason our expectations for them should be any different.

This book presents practical tools and biblical advice to middle school and high school-aged readers so they can make the most of their youth. It covers everything from making the right friendships to how to think about education and how to invest in their relationships with God. The habits a person forms when they're young can last a lifetime--now's the time to make it count.

This book is ideal for parents and youth pastors to give to young people to read on their own or study in groups.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764217760
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 761,462
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dan Dumas ( has served as a college pastor for fourteen years with extensive experience discipling young people. Dan serves as a senior vice president at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches and provides leadership for youth conferences (RENOWN and D3). He also teaches classes at Boyce College. Dan lives with his wife and children in Louisville, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction: A Bear, a Lion, and You 13

Part 1 You + God

1 Fear God 19

2 Know the Bible and Pray Like Crazy 29

3 Love the Church 39

Part 2 You + Others

4 Submit to Authority 49

5 Serve Others 57

6 Seek Mentors 65

7 Choose Friends Wisely 73

Part 3 You + Yourself

8 Take More Risks 81

9 Work Hard 87

10 Make Character King 95

11 Flee Sexual Immorality 103

12 Embrace Correction 109

Part 4 You + the Gospel

13 Know the Gospel 119

14 Speak, Defend, and Spread the Gospel 127

Conclusion: Into the Deep 135

Notes 139

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Live Smart: Preparing for the Future God Wants for You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Amusbooks More than 1 year ago
Live smart by Dan Dumas. In this book Dumas teaches us about following God's way and not our own. He explains very well how sometimes we think we know whats best but when honest with ourselves: we all know God has the better plan! I love how just by reading his book you can tell he's excited about what he wants to say. There are times when he seems to go a little overboard with the explanation or might continue on a topic for too long. So for me it got a kind of hard to read at times. Dumas really has a heart for people to understand this an in all words, Live Smart! I would recommend this to anyone who hasn't read books like this before. I've grown up reading on these sort of topics so it was kind of the same thing said in a different way. If you want the truth an honesty about choosing God's way, than you should read this book!
Jani417 More than 1 year ago
This is the book that every high school graduate needs now! Filled with wisdom, humor, down to earth examples, scriptural references and much more, it is an essential tool for new grads whether or not they are going away to school. The target audience is young adults, but some of us grandparents can learn and benefit from Dan Dumas’ wit and wisdom. This is a book to read cover to cover, then keep on the shelf as a reference for future. No young person can go wrong by following the advice and using the practical tools provided by Pastor Dumas. This book is well-organized so readers can find the information they seek easily. The book is written in an unpretentious, non-preachy voice, so the simple statements of fact and bits of humor will stand out and appeal to readers. The older readers will wish they’d had this book back in the days when we were finding our way (and losing it) because the advice is so sound and sensible. The publication date is perfect because shoppers are seeking first-rate reading for their favorite graduates. I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of honest review and I give it an enthusiastic thumb’s up! Now, put your thumbs down and go buy a copy of Live Smart for all of your grads!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago