I wasn’t personally hurt by Chap Clark. Chap Clark wrote a book called Hurt.
I am prepping for next weeks sermon. We are doing a Parenting Series at creekside, which is pretty cool and you can find our videos for the past few weeks at vimeo.com/creeksidechurch.
In my prep work I started perusing my copy of Hurt looking at the Highlights and I just was blown away by how insightful this book really is. I would say if you are a youth worker or a parent who wants to understand your teenager and their friends a little better. This book is a great resource. Check it out.
The Hurt in Clark’s book is Systemic Abandonment. Really powerful stuff. Read this book.
Also I would recommend Soul Searching by Christian Smith.
The struggle in Soul Searching is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. That’s not just an adolescent problem, that’s an america problem.