Review: Soul School by Jeanne Stevens
By Kirk Moore
Youthworkers often have a reputation of being tireless, resilient and somewhat headstrong. I think it can also be said that youthworkers spend so much time and energy helping others grow in their faith that they neglect caring for their own souls. Veteran youthworker Jeanne Stevens feels the same way. In her book, Soul School: Enrolling in a Soulful Lifestyle for Youth Ministry, she writes from her perspective as a youth leader who has experienced the ups and downs of ministry and who has also had her share of successes and failures.
Soul School is an invitation for youthworkers to step away from outward comparisons and unrealistic expectations and instead live life authentically seeking and experiencing God’s presence. Each chapter focuses on a different area of soul enrichment. Additionally, each chapter finishes with a ‘workbook’ area for contemplating and to writing reactions to the chapter as well as setting goals for soul enrichment.
- The Unforced Rhythms of Grace – "Too many youthworkers are afraid to admit they’re tired" (p.39) "God is the one who fills our tanks." (p. 41)
- Hello, My Real Name Is . . . – "We are God’s children, we always have been his children, and we always will be his children." (p. 84)
- The Miraculous Middle – "I am still amazed that in Jesus we can be both broken and whole." (p. 99) If there’s a quote that sums up this book – this is it.
- The Freedom of Forgiveness – "I was surprised by what happened to me when I began to embrace my capacity for being wrong." (p. 110)
And wouldn't you know it . . . Soul School is on sale this week at youthspecialties.com!