“How Should a Christian Live” is the third installment in the four-part Word of Promise Next Generation series that brings the NT to early adolescence audience with creativity and depth. This installment covers 1 Corinthians through Philemon with 12 work-book style chapters and a 6-hour mp3 recording of the scripture text by a variety of young stars like Jordin Sparks, Sean Astin, and Emily Osment. For the right person, the Word of Promise Next Generation will effectively draw them into God’s Word.
How do you know who the right person is? Just take a look at the various components of the work-book. Each chapter has a narrative running through it. In one chapter it might be about Josiah from the OT or fictional account of a frightened babysitter named Leah. The narrative is divided into five sections: Get It, Grab It, Hold It, Live it, and Give It. Included are a variety of word games – unscrambles, crosswords, codes, etc. There are some “Info Bubbles” that include helpful definitions of words like discipline, wisdom, sanctified, and faithful. Finally, each chapter includes several pages for journaling.
It seems like this series is going to appeal more to young adolescent girls than their male counterparts. They will appreciate the drama and length of the narratives more than boys will. Girls are also more likely to appreciate the challenge of the word games and the opportunity to journal about what they are learning. The design and format of the material will appeal to most boys so they may complete the material, too – especially if they are doing so as part of a group. While some thought could have been given present material that would appeal more to boys (the lone sports illustration is about 1992 Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug – not exactly Shaun White or LeBron James), I’m just glad that someone is developing discipleship material for the Next Generation.
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