One of the most frustrating things about doing youth ministry in an urban context is the lack of resources. Most books and studies are written for middle-class youth ministry in the suburbs, which can make it difficult to deal with programming and conflict. Of the few books I've picked up regarding Urban Youth Ministry have been a little wishy-washy and focused on games. I remember one game was 'Pick up the butts', which was a game you could play at a bus stop. It was a race to see who could pick up the most cigarette butts in the allotted time...delicious.
So this is why I'm a excited about this book by Fernando Arzola Jr. that I picked up today. I don't normally buy a book unless I have already heard about the author, but this one looked good from the outset. He writes from a biblical and historically orthodox tradition rooted in the Bible and the ancient creeds, at the same time having the worldview of a 'Puerto-Rican American raised in the Mott Haven (??) section of the South Bronx as a life-long New York City resident'. It is published by ivp and the praise quotes for it are by good people. I've read a few chapters so far, and there are some really good things, as well as some things I'm a bit iffy about. I'll also write some summaries if I get around to it.
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