“God is Loud” introduction

Friends and fellow bloggers,

It’s finally here!  Sorry for the delay in writing, but this book project (as great as it is) has been more time-consuming than I thought.

Anyways, here is the introduction to the God is Loud book project from Chris Folmsbee and I.

This is a rough draft.  Unpolished and unfinished…intentionally.   The final editing has yet to be done.

Here is my hope and dream for this project.  Every two weeks, I will post a new addition/chapter on this blog.

This is where you come in.

I would love to get feedback, input, thoughts, stories, links, etc….

Much of what you post will be used in the book itself in some way, shape, or form.

Some ideas will help shape our thinking and the overall direction.

Some might be used within the actual body of the text or perhaps as a sidebar, end note, or as a part of the student journal.

Already a few like-minded youth pastors from around the world have sent some wonderful writings to help compliment Chris and I.

Remember, this book is for our students, so we want to include content and ideas that can hopefully represent a wide variety of students, churches,  and contexts.

If you hate what we have to say, feel free to comment as well, but they will probably not be posted.

This particular book is not for youth leader development as such (in that situation critiques and opposite opinions can be very beneficial)

Rather, as stated before, our hope is for students to grasp the mission of God and their role in partnering with God that will lead to deepened spiritual formation.

So, please help spread the word to youth leaders so we can gain more insight and help make this book as helpful and inspirational to students as possible.

Thanks for journeying with us in this process.  We are excited to see what’s in store for the future, not only for this book, but for this network and friendship of youth leaders.

Dan Haugh & Chris Folmsbee

Attached is the intro chapter in a PDF format.

*Copyrights for exclusive use of Barefoot Ministries, Chris Folmsbee and Dan Haugh

God is Loud_introduction

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3 thoughts on ““God is Loud” introduction

  1. Great job on the introduction! Here are some questions/thoughts that I have.

    1. Page 2: In the section on assumptions, you list out the assumptions. It seems like an organizational structure that stuck with me through the introduction, yet never realized. I realize that the point regarding the assumptions in the text is that they are to be tested by the reader. So how about a graphic to make them more memorable?

    2. Story section: Should the story section describe the elements of story? All the elements are mentioned and hinted at in the section but just not presented in an explicitly constructive framework.
    Another thought that I had is that we could just rely on youth’s experience of story in order to communicate concepts of narrative (which is what it seems like the section intends). My question would be is their experience of story enough to allow for an explanation of “meta-narrative”? In other words, does their tacit knowledge of story allow for an explicit presentation of concepts?

    great insights Paul. thanks. what are some other elements of story that you could define?

  2. Hey, the intro looks great! This is definitely something (so far) I would try to get my students to read–even to the point of buying it for them. I really didn’t see anything to comment on with the intro, but I will be watching for more. Thanks.

  3. Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you on this one. I am sure that you are already heading on to the next section but I hope that this will at least give you something more to chew on in the introduction part. Here is a table and image which is a short hand for the story and plot elements.

    http://shenemans.net/paul/Story_Elements.pdf

    I think that the presentation of that elements of story wouldn’t be in a table form because of the nature of your writing. However, I think the concepts presented in a eloquent set of prose might be constructive for teenagers, who struggle with sentence composition let alone story.

    One of the things that I think would be most helpful for teens is to put Novelli’s caricature of the meta-narrative of God up against a popular TV show or movie. Both graphics being presented in the same fashion. Lost would be a great one to do this with because you already incorporate it into the body of the intro.

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