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Imaginative Prayer for Youth Ministry: A Guide to Transforming Your Students' Spiritual Lives Into Journey, Adventure, and Encounter Paperback – 1 Dec 2006

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How often have you struggled to help your students really grasp God's love? How often have you been frustrated by their Sunday school answers when you try to draw them into the depths of God's story? You're not alone. Many students (and even youth workers brave enough to admit it) are experiencing emptiness, lack of passion, and a growing inability to hear from God. But there is hope. Just use your imagination... God created our imaginations. Why not harness them to encounter our creative God in brand new ways? Try it right now: Picture yourself in a boat with Jesus as the seas grow rough, as the water crashes over the bow. Notice what's going on...notice your emotions at this critical moment. What is your sense of Jesus' presence in the midst of the storm? The latter is just one example of the many guided exercises within the pages of Imaginative Prayer for Youth Ministry. You'll find tools that can help you use imaginative prayer as a means of experiencing the God who is continually reaching out to us. Invite your students to open their imaginations (and their five senses) to God's spirit and allow God to move and speak directly to them through the 50 imaginative prayer exercises inside. They come complete with instructions, environment suggestions, and optional debrief questions---there's even a topical/Scripture reference index so you can find just the right exercises to suit your needs. If you want to introduce your students to the God who loves them (in a way that allows them to truly experience that love), imaginative prayer is an effective means to do so---you and your students will never be the same.

About the Author

Jeannie Oestreicher has been volunteering in youth ministry for the past eighteen years. She and her husband, Mark, have two great kids, Liesl and Max. They live in California.

Larry Warner (M.A., theology) has trained in spiritual direction at Azusa Pacific Universityas Graduate School and the University of San Diego. Warner is the founder and executive director of "b," an organization which journeys with pastors, missionaries, seminarians, and churches who yearn for greater intimacy with God by designing and providing spiritual formation experiences. Warner is an adjunct professor at Bethel Seminary in San Diego and teaches for the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot Seminary. He is also the author of Imaginative Prayer in Youth Ministry.

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HASH(0x8f06a114) out of 5 stars Wonderful way to bring peace to your kids 3 April 2008
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I love this book. I bought it without many expectation and have been blown away. The book gives you everything you need to lead your youth into contemplative prayer. You enter into your time with a slow down prayer and meditation after which you being your more focuses time with God built around a narrative and imagination. Some of my kids love it and some don't but anyway you slice it, it's a great spiritual discipline for them to learn.
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HASH(0x8f33e0e4) out of 5 stars Great Tool for Abiding in Christ 14 July 2013
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This is a great tool that can be used both for personal worship and fellowship with God, as well as with any fellowship and group within the church, not just the youth for which this is originally intended.
It helps you to really experience God, and not just have "head" knowledge of God. It helps me to practice abiding in Christ, solitude, and just to be silent in the presence of Jesus Christ.
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