I grew up in a Christian home, and as such I learned fairly early about what it meant to have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. What I semi-consciously struggled with, all the way into adulthood in fact, was the idea of having a “relationship” with God. It wasn’t so acute that I thought to even ask anyone what it meant, but I’m not sure anyone could have helped. After all, a relationship is one you experience by definition, not something you get intellectually. Now as a parent, a parent who is part counselor (I had a family practice when we lived in the US, and now I train counselors in Russia), part spiritual director, and part practical theologian, I feel like I have all these great tools and understanding that I want to pass on to my kids. Problem is, just as it was for me, I can’t give them a relationship with God. I can only point the way. And point I do. A lot. And yet with my oldest child at 15 and the next at 12 as of the beginning of writing, I’m not seeing the fruit I want to see in terms of a living relationship with their Savior. I’ve decided to write a book to help bridge that gap. This time I want to give them a path to interact with the Word directly, not just through my teaching them about that Word.
My purpose in writing this workbook is to give teens with a basic background and background of Bible knowledge new tools, concepts, categories, and ways to grapple with and practice experiencing and building a tangible relationship with the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in such a way that consciously engages their own spirit, soul, and body to make it personal and real. I aim to do so through significant engagement with the Bible, prayer, written exercises, journaling, and interactions with peers and family.
I’m writing it for my two eldest, Lydia and Kerith, but I’ve decided to open it up to participation by others, and I already have several takers. Write me if you’d like to take a look at the outline.