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Books for Adults

The books here will help with your overall picture of faith formation.
This list just scratches the surface, but as you dig deeper into the resources throughout this website, you will continue to find other authors and groups working toward changing the paradigm of the church to include all ages in holistic, multigenerational faith formation.

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Silence (Godly Play) by Jerome W Berryman and Lois Kilberg
Family Theology: Finding God in Very Human Relationships by Carol J. Gallagher
Intergenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry edited by Holly Catterton Allen
Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship by Holly Catteron Allen and Christine Lawton
Generations Together: Caring, Praying, Learning, Celebrating, & Serving Faithfully by Kathie Amidei, Jim Merhaut and John Roberto
You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church . . . and Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman and  Aly Hawkins
Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad M. Griffin
Adoptive Church (Youth, Family, and Culture): Creating an Environment Where Emerging Generations Belong by Clark Chap and Steven Argue
Hurt 2.0 Inside the World of Today's Teenagers (Youth, Family, and Culture) by Clark Chap
Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together by Andrew Root
Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation by Andrew Root
Becoming Like a Child: The Curiosity of Maturity beyond the Norm by Jerome W. Berryman
Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman
Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids by Kara Powell and Clark Chap
Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions by George Barna
Formational Children's Ministry: Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual, and Relationship by Ivy Beckwith
Postmodern Children's Ministry: Ministry to Children in the 21st Century Church by Ivy Beckwith
The Ultimate Survival Guide for Children's Ministry Workers: Step-by-Step Helps to Make Your Job Easier and More Fulfilling by Ivy Beckwith
Growing Up Protestant: Parents, Children and Mainline Churches by Margaret L. Bendroth 
Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations by Vern Bengtson 
A Weed in the Church by Scott Brown 
God’s Big Table: Nurturing Children in a Diverse World by Elizabeth Caldwell
Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church by Kenda Creasy Dean
Family- Based Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries 
Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It by Mark DeVries 
How Do Our Children Grow? (revised) by Delia Halverson 
The Secret Spiritual World of Children: The Breakthrough Discovery that Profoundly Alters Our Conventional View of Children's Mystical Experiences by Tobin Hart and Joseph Chilton Pearce
Worm Watching and Other Wonderful Ways to Teach Children to Pray by Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald
Celebrating the Milestones of Faith by Laura Keeley and Robert J. Keeley
Books for Adults


Understanding Children's Spirituality: Theology, Research, and Practice by Kevin E. Lawson
In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Welcoming Children: A Practical Theology of Childhood by Joyce Ann Mercer
Children Praying a New Story by Michael Morwood
Workshop Wonders: The Ultimate Guide to Rotation Sunday School (Workshop Zone) by Mickie O'Donnell and Vickie Bare
What Matters for Children and Families Engaging Six Vital Themes of Our Faith by Frank Proctor
The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry by Andrew Root and  Kenda Creasy Dean
Teaching The Mystery Of God To Children: A Book Of Clues by Judy Gattis Smith
Our Different Gifts: A Catechist's Guide to Using Multiple Intelligences in Faith Formation by Bernadette Stankard
Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey by Catherine Stonehouse and Scottie May
Family the Forming Center: A Vision of the Role of Family in Spiritual Formation by Marjorie J. Thompson
Will Our Children Have Faith? by John Westerhoff, III
The Church Family Sings: Songs, Ideas, and Activities for Use in Church School by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly
In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly and Evelyn L. Parker
Soul Stories: African American Christian Education by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly
Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality Edited by Karen Marie Yust, Aostre N. Johnson, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Eugene Roehlkepartain
Real Kids, Real Faith: Practices for Nurturing Children's Spiritual Lives by Karen Marie Yust
Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches: Secrets for Cultivating a Dynamic Youth Ministry by Rick Chromey and Stephanie Caro
Faith Formation 4.0: Introducing an Ecology of Faith in a Digital Age by Julie Anne Lytle
Liberating Youth from Adolescence (Word & World) By Jeremy Meyer

The Future of Our Faith: An Intergenerational Conversation on Critical Issues Facing the Church By Ronald J. Sider 

When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus' Vision for Authentic Christian Community By Joseph H. Hellerman

Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples  By Timothy Paul Jones 

Family Worship By Donald A. Whitney

Under One Roof by William J Smith Jr.

Free Us from Bullying by Paul T. Coughlin

Imaginative Prayer by Jared Patrick Boyd

Deep Justice in a Broken World  by Chap Clark, Kara Powell

Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers By Chap Clark

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker by Andrew Root

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church
by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, Brad M. Griffin 

Messy Hospitality by Lucy Moore

Family Jesus Time by Lucy Moore

We Pray with Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead by Emily Peck-McClain, Danyelle Trexler 
100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation: A Guide for Parents and Youth Leaders
by Rebecca Kirkpatrick

I Wonder: Engaging a Child's Curiosity about the Bible by Elizabeth Caldwell
Invitation to Peace Village

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