This last week I picked up (Extra)Ordinary, a one year, 365 devotional book for students.
I have been looking for a while for a devotional resource that meet my students where they are and be relevant to the felt needs that are impacting and shaping their lives. And as I read through it, I could not be more impressed with this book, and even more so, be excited for our students to have a resource that will give shape to their times with God and that will be challenging, relevant, and timely.
It is harder than you would think to find a devotional book that is both relevant as well as actually helps students move closer to Jesus.
This book really is like no other devotional book I have come across.
It is like an old skool, “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. They devotions are not laid out by day, or by week, but by life circumstance. Depending on what is happening in the life of the student, they can choose a devotion that speaks about and into that particular circumstance.
Stephen Ingram is the brains behind this creative approach. He is a both an excellent writer, as well as a veteran youth pastor who has spent over 15 years in the trenches with real students. He isn’t remembering back to what he think students need back when he was a kid, but he is daily walking through life and faith with students and this proximity to students comes through in this devotional. (You can check out more of his writing on his fantastic blog, organicstudentministry.org)
This book is just one of a number of great resources from the good people at youthministry360.com.
I am encouraging my parents to pick this up for their kids, and I would encourage you to pick up a few for your students as well.