Suggested Books

  • Raising Boys by Design

    Dr Gregory L Jantz, Michael Gurian and Ann McMurray

    Your son was created for great things, but he needs your help to appreciate his unique male design and to grow into the strong, loving man God created him to be. Packed with doable strategies and eye-opening examples of what’s really going on inside a boy’s brain, Raising Boys by Design offers a practical blueprint to help you build a HERO—one who values Honor, Enterprise, Responsibility, and Originality. This unique resource combines the latest research in brain science with timeless truths from the Bible to reveal the deepest needs shared by every boy of faith while also leading you to fresh insights for honoring the unique personality, talents, and God-given design of your son in particular.

  • At Risk: Bringing Hope to Hurting Teens

    Scott Larson, President, Straight Ahead Ministries

    God cares about at-risk youth . . . and here's how you can effectively care for them, too.  Practical suggestions. Honest answers. Tools to help you evaluate your existing programs. And real-life insights about what it costs to include kids others have left behind. If you believe the Gospel is for everyone, this book is for you. For pastors, youth workers, teachers, counselors and others who work with teenagers.

  • Fatherless Generation

    John Sowers

    In Fatherless Generation, Dr. John Sowers asks: How can the faith community begin rewriting this tragic story? Written for those who are fatherless themselves and those concerned with social justice, Fatherless Generation uses culture, statistics, and testimonies to remind us that it is possible for a generation to find healing. Drawing on years of research and personal experience, Dr. Sowers shows us that intentional, intergenerational mentoring is the key to a new story of hope. It is in relationship that this generation has been wounded and it is in relationship that healing must begin. Mentoring is the most strategic way to reconcile our generation with God. Weaving in his own experience of fatherlessness, Dr. Sowers eloquently presents the desperate reality of fatherlessness in our culture and how awareness and compassion offer a solution of hope---a hope that will write new stories for generations to come.

  • A Fresh Start

    Scott Larson, President, Straight Ahead Ministries

    According to the Children’s Defense Fund, every day in America six children and youth commit suicide, 13 children and youth are victims of homicide, and 316 children are arrested for violent crimes. If you’re working with youth these days, you’re encountering more and more at-risk and high-risk teenagers. Whether you are a pastor, youth worker, teacher, counselor or someone else working with teenagers, and you believe the Gospel is for everyone, this book is for you. God cares about at-risk youth and ”At Risk: Bringing Hope to Hurting Teenagers” shows how you can effectively care for them, too. It’s filled with real-life stories, practical suggestions, honest answers, and tools to help you evaluate your existing programs. Addresses such tough questions as: • What is the best role to play in a troubled youth’s life? • How do they tend to view life, God, and anyone who tries to reach them? • How can at-risk youth be reached more effectively? • What is it about at-risk kids that make them so different from other teens? • What motivates them?

  • Handoff: The Only Way to Win the Race of Life

    Jeff Myers

    Within two hours of opening this powerful little hardcover book, you'll know exactly how to put the signature on your legacy. Handoff is an easy-to-read guide that inspires current leaders to play their part in successfully passing the baton of godly faithfulness to the next generation.
    Written with a deep understanding of human tendencies and fears, Handoff uses humorous and poignant stories and practical strategies to help you invest in the next generation in a natural and stress-free way.

  • Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them

    James Garbarino

    James Garbarino, Ph.D., Cornelll University professor and nationally noted psychologist, insists that there are things we can do to identify the warning signs of violence in young men.  Then, he suggests steps to turn angry and unhappy boys away from violent actions.  The book is full of insight, vivid individual portraits, practical advice and hope.

  • Stand By Me: The Risks and Rewards of Mentoring Today's Youth (The Family and Public Policy)

    Jean Rhodes


    Outlining a model of youth mentoring that will prove invaluable to the many administrators, caseworkers, volunteers, and researchers who seek reliable information and practical guidance, Stand by Me describes the extraordinary potential that exists in such relationships, and discloses the ways in which nonparent adults are uniquely positioned to encourage adolescent development. Yet the book also exposes a rarely acknowledged risk: unsuccessful mentoring relationships--always a danger when, in a rush to form matches, mentors are dispatched with more enthusiasm than understanding and preparation--can actually harm at-risk youth. Vulnerable children, Rhodes demonstrates, are better left alone than paired with mentors who cannot hold up their end of the relationships.

    Drawing on work in the fields of psychology and personal relations, Rhodes provides concrete suggestions for improving mentoring programs and creating effective, enduring mentoring relationships with youth.

  • The Handbook of Youth Mentoring

    David DuBois & Michael Karcher (2005)

    The Handbook of Youth Mentoring (textbook) provides the first scholarly and comprehensive synthesis of current theory, research, and practice in the field of youth mentoring. Editors David L. DuBois and Michael J. Karcher, along with leading experts in the field, offer critical and informative analyses of the full spectrum of topics that are essential to advancing our understanding of the principles for effective mentoring of young people. The Handbook explores not only mentoring that occurs within formal programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, but also examines natural mentoring relationships that youth establish with adults outside of such programs. 

  • The Mentor's Field Guide

    Gail Manza & Susan K Patrick

    Designed to be a one-stop resource for mentors, this guide doesn't flinch from the tough problems. Using a helpful question-and-answer format, it addresses issues that include How do I connect with my mentee? What if I don't like my mentee? and If my mentee is in serious trouble, how far do I go to help him? Organized topically by issue, the book provides mentors with advice they need both in the ever-changing and sometimes challenging mentoring relationship and within the parameters of a mentoring program. For mentors, the book addresses the rewards as well as the risks of mentoring, while program leaders can use the challenges and solutions to help mentors understand their roles and equip them to handle tough mentoring issues.

  • Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)

    Robert Lupton

    Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve. Lupton, the founder of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta, the voice of the Urban Perspectives newsletter, and the author of Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life, has been at the forefront of urban ministry activism for forty years. Now, in the vein of Jeffrey Sachs’s The End of Poverty, Richard Stearns’s The Hole in Our Gospel, and Gregory Boyle’s Tattoos on the Heart, his groundbreaking Toxic Charity shows us how to start serving needy and impoverished members of our communities in a way that will lead to lasting, real-world change.

  • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor ... and You

    Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

    When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel."e;Initial thoughts"e; at the beginning of chapters and "e;reflection questions and excercises"e; at the end of chapters assist greatly in learning and applying the material. A situation is assessed for whether relief, rehabilitation, or development is the best response to a situation. Efforts are characterized by an "e;asset based"e; approach rather than a "e;needs based"e; approach. Short term mission efforts are addressed and economic development strategies appropriate for North American and international contexts are presented, including microenterprise development.