Yep, That Sounds Right. The book gives you an inside look at the life of a teenage boy. And as I went through this with one of my students, we both found it to be right on in many ways. The struggles and decisions were dead on. The author chose the right subjects to discuss at just the right time. So, as a result, the conversation flowed naturally from chapter to chapter.
Junior High Gold Mine. You just don’t find many books like this. Turning a teenager is not an easy task on anyone. These boys to men need some help. And with this book, help is on the way! It provides easy to read chapters, loads of follow-up questions, and challenging material to help these young men grow to be men of God.
Updating…With any book, it could use some updating. Technology is going at such a rapid pace, there are some words and vernacular that is somewhat dated. Even with this book being published only 7 years ago, you may have to add to some of the application to keep it relevant. But for the most part, the practical suggestions are very applicable and up to date.
The Grade: A. It’s not earth shattering or rocket science, but I will say this…It is one of the best resources I have ever come across in mentoring junior high boys. There is not a ton of material out there, and this is an age that needs discipleship and guidance. So parents, youth pastors and workers, I would encourage you to meet with a handful of guys and read through this book together. Spend some time teaching them these important principles. You may save them from making poor decisions, and help them make godly choices.