Sticky Faith: A Mini Review
Okay, by this point the blogosphere is full of in-depth reviews of Kara Powell and Chap Clark’s Sticky Faith. In fact, if you want a really in-depth conversational piece, check out Adam McLane’s Sticky Faith Book Club series, starting with Chapter One here. So this piece will not seek to go in-depth, but it was just too engaging a book not to share some of my thoughts.
Clark and Powell point out that adolescents are walking away from their faith in droves after high school graduation, and the largest reason for this is a faith that they did not own in high school (or before for that matter). Sticky Faith is all about how parents can help their children develop a faith that will last beyond their teenage years. The information in this book is based on a lot of research and study, and even some from personal experiences that Powell and Clark themselves had in their own families.
One of the things that I loved about this book was that it is packed full of practical ideas that people can adapt into their own families’ spiritual practices. Powell and Clark don’t just say things like “you need to spend more time in Scripture together” or “make sure that you pray regularly with your child.” They fill the pages with practical experiences that they have gleaned from people interviewed. And they make a strong point to state that some ideas may not work in your home, and that the book is not a fix-all guaranteed to solve their issues overnight. Raising a child takes a lot of effort, and the road will be full of ups and downs. The point is made toward the end of the book that faith development is a process, and we need to remember to focus on the outcome, not the pitfalls that are happening now.
I think the only real drawback for me was that as a Youth Pastor, a lot of the advice is good, but not incredibly applicable in my ministry context. (There is a Youth Worker’s Edition sitting on my desk that I will get to pretty soon). But aside from that, I loved a lot of what Sticky Faith has to offer, and I will be recommending it to the parents of teens who are involved in our ministry.
Go pick it up and read it for yourself. And then surf on over to stickyfaith.org for even more practical applications beyond the book.
Question: Have you read Sticky Faith? Share your thoughts in the comments section.