The Good. I may surprise you with this statement, but I have never underlined more in a book than this little book. I’m serious. I learned so much about the ministry of visiting the sick. Maybe it is because this does not come naturally to me. Maybe you go to a hospital, and it is your element. It doesn’t matter if it is a heart attack or a broken leg, you know what to do, what Scripture to read, and what to say in your prayer. Or maybe you are more like me, and you could use some help in these areas. Well, this book goes above and beyond the call of duty to help you visit the sick.
The Bad. The only thing this book is missing is a CD where you can print off the appendix materials. Or maybe a small printable bookmark/pamphlet you could put inside your Bible to help with visiting the sick.
The Grade: A+. That’s right, a perfect grade. Maybe because it was just what the doctor ordered (get it?). But mostly because it provides a perfect balance of practical and Biblical advice on how to visit the sick. Every pastor should read this book. As a youth pastor, I don’t have as many hospital visits as other pastors, but when I do, I want to have an impact on a hurting individual, I want to bring the gospel to room 221, I want to lift up someone’s broken spirit…well, I learned “I” can’t do those things. But God can through me, and this book will help you accomplish those things.
The Good. Where was this book 6 years ago when I started in youth ministry? Seriously. These are lessons I had to learn the hard way. I found myself saying “Now you tell me” many times as I read. Not your fault Mel! But realy, this book provides practical ways to truly impacting young people in the short time you have them in your ministry. Another good is each point is taken directly from Scripture. I’m a big proponent of the line of thinking – if you are going to convince me to implement something in the ministry I serve, it better be supported in God’s Word. And each point had that backing. Well done.
The Bad. I’m the kind of guy that enjoys personal stories. There was some ministry stories within the book, but would have enjoyed more. The 2 Timothy 2:22 principles were repeated several times, and could have been consolidated in one section…but maybe that was the author’s point – that this verse is pretty important.
The Grade: A. Like Staples has an easy button, I needed an “Amen” button for this book. This is how I do or want to do youth ministry. I loved the points and was totally on board with the practical applications of Scripture. In my opinion, this must be in the hands of every youth pastor, especially those beginning their first ministry.
**Special Note from the Author Mel Walker: If any of your readers would like a copy of “Impacting the Next Generation” – they can get copies from me for only $5. Take a look at: http://www.intergenerationalyouthministry.com.