You and God

You & God: Your guide to a mighty prayer life
Elaine Carr, Scripture Union, 2010

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Help 11-14s start praying with You & God. This journal-style prayer resource helps young people pray for every aspect of their lives. It encourages them to pray in different ways, listen to God and see when God has answered prayer.

What do you get and how?

This is a book written for young people aged 11-4 to use individually. It is available direct from Scripture Union or from Christian bookstores. The book is written as a series of 70 ‘prayer stops’, each stop lasting around ten minutes. The idea is that the young person takes ten minutes per day to pray and to use a prayer stop to help focus their prayers.

The 70 prayer stops are broken into ten different themes:

  1. You.
  2. Friends.
  3. Family.
  4. School.
  5. Fun.
  6. Money & stuff.
  7. Belonging.
  8. You meets world.
  9. Secret you.
  10. Love.

There are also some ‘backtrack’ stops which help the person to reflect on their last week’s prayers.

Whilst written for young people to use alone, this could easily be adapted into a teaching series for a youth group by using the ten themes, and the six prayer stops connected to each.

Who is it for?

The book is aimed at young people, aged 11-14, who want to develop a more meaningful prayer life. The material is probably most useful to the younger end of this age range.

Cost?

£5.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The book is easy to use and well presented to appeal to a 11-14 year old. It takes the form of a journal and encourages the person to write in it, drawing pictures, making notes and writing their own prayers. There are things to do, things to think about and ideas to talk to God about.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    The book is promoted as ‘your guide to a mighty prayer life' and throughout it is clear that connecting with God is essential to make the most of your life.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    There are no leader's notes specifically but it is very easy to take the chapters' outlines and make into a helpful course of 10 sessions on prayer.

    Who could lead it?

    It needs to be led by youth leaders who know their young people well so they can best help them connect with the material and to help individuals think through which ways of praying may best suit their style and personality.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    The book could be given to each participant to use. It is a useful, spiral-bound book and would be a good record of the course and material learnt.

    How good is any digital material?

    There is no digital material which this book.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    In order to run this as a course, it would require some preparation as the leader would need to read the six prayer stops on each subject and piece them together to make one useful session. This is straightforward for an experienced leader, but a less experienced leader may need to take more time.

    Is there website support? Links?

    There is no website support.

    Is it dated?

    No.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The resource is written to be used alone by an individual so any group interaction would need to be created.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    There is a good variety of tasks to do, questions to consider and ideas to pray, but it is aimed at the young person who is happy to spend ten minutes alone and reflecting on issues.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    The writer realises that all young people are different and is careful to write the material to cater for different personalities and experiences. As a result, this should work well with most young people.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    There is no expectation that this material would be used with others, however it does lend itself to being a good series on the subject of developing a prayer life.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    All the prayer stops are focused around themes from the Bible and there are plenty of references to help the young person realise that the teaching is based on Scripture and not merely human wisdom.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Whilst there are many Biblical references included, there are not so many passages actually written out in the material. There is a danger that the young person might skip over the references instead of taking time to open their Bible, as the summary of the reference may seem sufficient.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    The author uses biblical references to help the young person to grow in understanding of who they are in Christ, how they can live as God wants them to in the world and to love those around them.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    This is a very practical book to help young Christians be more confident in their relationship with God, and to stand up for him in the world as a result.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    This book is very helpful at showing young people that prayer should be a fun discipline, to be practiced regularly.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Anyone who works through this book will grow in their faith as they encounter God more through different ways of praying.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    The material focuses on helping the individual get to know God better through prayer and to pray for those around them.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    There are specific prayer themes to help the person focus on those around them and the experiences they may have had, both good and bad, including bullying, friendships and falling out with someone.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    The material has prayer stops on evangelism and praying for friends to come to faith. There is also a prayer stop on preparing what you would say to explain your faith to someone who asks.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    This is not an area explored specifically.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    The book has a theme on ‘you meets world' although this tends to refer to the immediate ‘world' of the young person rather than the global world.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    It does not touch on this subject specifically.

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