Sawler, David. Before they Say Goodbye: Thoughts on How to Keep This Generation. Winnipeg, Canada: Word Alive Press, 2011. 235 Pages. Paper. $17.00. www.beforetheysaygoodbye.com www.davidsawler.com (LHP)
We asked ministers, authors, teachers, youth and children's pastors all over the world this question.
If you could tell a parent, minister, children's or youth worker one piece of advice to help keep their children and yuth strong in their faith, what would it be?
It is common knowledge that the majority of the children, youth, and young adults who have grown up in the church do not remain. However, many have been left wondering, 'What? If anything can we do?' Before They Say Goodbye is a proactive attempt to answer that question. David Sawler has put the ideas, advice, and stories from Christian leaders from around the world in a book that will be a benefit to every reader.
I happily recommend Before They Say Goodbye as a realistic, honest, forthright, and encouraging help to those struggling with youth ministry.
Ham and Hall's writing is in a popular style rather than an academic one, much like Already Gone. Sadly, some of America's Christian religious institutions are already gone, too. Some are uncertain of their identity and message. We face a battle for the minds and souls of young Christians in higher education.
Colleges & Universities
As you can see, many have a Baptist background or theological position. I'm not making any derogatory assertions here, just stating fact.