- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Pilgrim Press (25 Aug. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0829817387
- ISBN-13: 978-0829817386
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
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Branded: Adolescents Converting from Consumer Faith (Youth Ministry Alternatives) Paperback – 25 Aug 2006
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Turpin also implies that the church should be the alternative vision/community of faith that can mentor and form young people outside the realm of hyper-consumption. This may be the hardest part of Turpin's agenda to accomplish, because it challenges the wider church culture.
If you're looking for pre-fabricated activities on consumerism, this book isn't for you. Turpin only offers a couple of concrete activities; she concentrates more on setting out guiding principles for creating an atmosphere of counter-consumerist, Christian community. I think that's all she intended to do in the book, and she pulls if off.
My absolute biggest complaint with this book, and the reason why I have such negative feelings against it, is that the author seems to sincerely believes that the main goal of Christian youth ministry should be to rid youth of consumerism. I find the fact that the author suggest that youth should not necessarily replace their consumerist value system with a faith in Jesus Christ (pg 143) to be highly objectionable and borderline offensive. In my opinion the single goal of youth ministry should be to connect teenagers to Jesus Christ. To suggest that the main emphasis of youth ministry be anything but deepening youths' understanding of and relationship with Jesus, strikes me as wrong. I do agree that consumerism stands against the way that God wishes people to live, and I agree with the author that consumerism should be addressed, but it should be addressed through the lens of Christ. The teachings of Jesus are highly critical of today's consumerist culture, and I sincerely believe that as teenagers deepen their love and following of Jesus that they will begin to question consumer values. It almost seems like the author takes Jesus for granted, relegating him to the background and instead focuses on what is ultimately a periphery concern and not on what is of ultimate concern.
In the end, I completely and thoroughly disagree with the main thesis and argument of the author. I do find some of the suggestions she offers about small groups interesting. However, these insights are so tainted with the authors overriding anti-consumerism convictions that they almost have to be discarded for me, as does most of the book.