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Chap Clark

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1 Jun 2011 Youth, Family, and Culture
Provided a vivid and insightful view into the world of today's teenagers. Now leading youth ministry expert Chap Clark substantially updates and revises his groundbreaking bestseller (over 55,000 copies sold). Hurt 2.0 features a new chapter on youth at society's margins and new material on social networking and gaming. Each chapter has been thoroughly revised with new research, statistics, quotations, and documentation. Praise for the first edition "Based on solid research and years of insightful observation, Hurt offers a deep and penetrating look into the contemporary adolescent experience that will serve us well as we work to have a prophetic, preventive, and redemptive influence on the world of today's youth culture." -Walt Mueller, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding "A daring yet hopeful glance into the underworld of teen promiscuity, self-mutilation, and suicide. . . . A groundbreaking resource for parents, youth ministers, and counselors." -ForeWord "Clark's classic book [is] highly recommended by youth workers and educators who write about teenage stress. It is foundational reading that provides valuable insight into the hurting hearts of young people." -YouthWorker Journal "Clark has been stepping inside the world of teenagers for many years. This book is a unique invitation for us to join him in their world. When we finish this journey, we will care more about kids and understand who they are and the challenges they face." -Denny Rydberg, Young Life "Drawing together research from many others along with his fresh exploration into the world beneath, Clark paints a compelling picture of adolescent life. . . . This book is a must-read for anyone who has any contact with adolescents." -Journal of Youth Ministry

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Chap Clark (Ph.D., University of Denver) is vice provost for regional campuses and master's programs and professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also serves as director of the Student Leadership Project and the Institute of Youth Ministry. He is currently based in Seattle, Washington, to give special focus to Fuller Northwest. A well-known youth ministry practitioner, Clark is the senior editor of YouthWorker Journal and the author of several books on adolescence, parenting, and youth ministry.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hurt 2.0 [2-Sentence Book Review] 11 Sep 2011
By Ben Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What is the book about?
"Hurt 2.0' is about getting inside the world of today's teenagers. Chap's purpose is to share how life is different for today's high school students.

What do I think about it?
The research, stories, and candor is fantastic. This book will pop the eyes and open the minds of those who work with teens.

What got me pumped up?
The real-life-hold-nothing-back approach is wonderful . I don't have teenage kids yet but this book has given me tremendous insight into what is combating the way my wife and I want to raise our children.

What was deflating?
I thought there would be more updated material. Yes, there are a couple of new chapters as well as new stories here and there but for the most part this book is paragraph-for-paragraph of the first version.

"So, would you recommend it?"
Of course, you can't go wrong with Chap's research! But if you're expecting a whole lot more than what was included the first edition then you won't get it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful. 3 Dec 2011
By Matthew Kresge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers by Chap Clark is the updated version of his first edition Hurt. In this updated edition, Clark has added a new chapter, updated material and research, and provided more documentation throughout his book. Clark continues to look into the lives of our youth today. Not only that, Clark is passionate about our youth today. With that said, here are some of my thoughts concerning Hurt 2.0.

Hurt 2.0 is compiled into three parts. In the first part, The Changing Adolescent World, Clark lays the foundation for his book. He examines two foundational issues (abandonment and the world beneath) that our youth are struggling with today. The second part, The Landscape of the World Beneath, seeks to examine aspects of the youth's life with the understanding from part one. In this section, the bulk of Clark's research appears. He looks into aspects of culture such as peers, school, family, sports, sex, and more. The last part, Where Do We Go From Here, searches for solutions and strategies to turn the tide of abandonment.

So to whom is Clark writing all of this? When I first received this book I would have said it was written to anyone seeking to understand youth. While I still hold to this position I do so only half heartedly. After reading the book, I would suggest that Clark seems to be writing to more scholarly minded people. I do think parents, youth pastors and other youth workers can benefit a great deal from this book. However, I do not see them as the primary audience of it. (Chap, if you read this, feel free to correct me if I am wrong).

With that said, here are a few things I really liked about the book and two things I struggled with.

A Few Likes

Part 1 - I really Clark's work on abandonment and the world beneath. One of the most eye opening moments in the book were these two chapters. I truly believe that the book is worth the purchase just for these two chapters. It gave me a lot to think about that I previously never considered.

Passion - I really enjoyed Clark's passion for youth. It would be easy to write a book and not deeply care about your subject. I imagine some would say that your research is skewed if you care too deeply about the subject. However, I think Clark's passion fuels his research and this is a plus.

Two Struggles

Small Agenda? - While reading the second part of Chap's book, I struggled at moments. I think he raised important topics and even presented truthful claims. I am grateful for the topics that he chose to research and recognize them as extremely influential in a student's life. However, I think parts of his research were geared to fit his systematic abandonment idea. Thus, the research seemed tailored to fit that claim. Even though this was a struggle, I do not think any of this invalidates his research. I think he looks deeply and honestly into the world of youth.

No workable solutions - Clark closes the book with strategies to turn the tide. However, I find these to be really impractical. Maybe that is just me. Nevertheless, I think this book offers good research regardless of its solutions.
Overall, I believe Clark's book is beneficial to anyone working with youth. As I said above, I think part one is excellent and validates the purchase of this book. Maybe you are looking for a resource that helps you to better understand the world of teenagers. This could certainly be a beneficial book for you.

I received this book free from Baker Academic Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 8 Dec 2012
By Howard Votruba - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this as required reading for a collage class but was true eye opener. This book takes a real look into what todays youth are going through.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars depressing but relevant and good 24 Nov 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy this book but also find it frustrating. Because I work with youth and kids and its troublesome to read that some of my kids may be seriously lonely. Its well written and enjoyable to read. But it has many moment where I have been angered and depressed from the authors findings. Its important to read this though. To not be in the fog of thinking everything is good with my youth ministry.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Research 28 Oct 2012
By RioSteelerNation - Published on Amazon.com
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Clark continues the Hurt series with updated research in an attempt to keep up with the ever-changing world of the adolescent. He makes some very interesting points in terms of abandonment that adolescents experience, due to significant adults in their lives not being there. In our modern society, we have to remember the impact of always being on the run, dual income households, high divorce rates, and not keeping our number one goal in mind, insuring our own future by meeting the needs of the adolescents that will make up our care-takers later in life. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a unique perspective of the modern adolescent world.
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