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12 Disciples - Young People's Stories of Crisis and Faith (Book Review)

Easter 2008

From triple helix - Easter 2008 - 12 Disciples - Young People's Stories of Crisis and Faith (Book Review) [p18]

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12 Disciples - Young People's Stories of Crisis and Faith - Andy Flannagan and Ann Calver - Monarch Publications 2007 - £7.99 Pb 256pp - ISBN 1 85424 8014

Have you ever thought, 'If only God would do something?' Here is a book about young people – often in a mess – and the God who really does act.

Andy Flannagan, CMF member and one-time editor of Nucleus, and Anne Calver have pulled together twelve amazing life stories from their myriad experiences, including those at Youth For Christ – tales of teenage pregnancy, self-doubt, Caesarean section, drugs, and even death.

Also, the two authors have woven in another astonishing story, that of the stumbling disciple Peter being guided skilfully by Jesus. I frequently found myself, getting up from a read, being prompted to do something. As an example: Peter did get wet when he tried to walk on water...but at least he did it, before getting back into the boat. Let's remember that and give a kind word to that gutsy person who tried hard but had that sinking feeling. I have turned to 12 Disciples for inspiration and encouragement and for guidance from the Lord. On one occasion, God spoke through it to me on three levels – about me, my family and my youth work – all at once! Forget the dull cover. Read and be inspired!

Article written by Mark Houghton

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