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Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together

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The youth ministry focus of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life is often forgotten or overlooked, even though he did much work with young people and wrote a number of papers, sermons, and addresses about or for the youth of the church. However, youth ministry expert Andrew Root explains that this focus is central to Bonhoeffer's story and thought. Root presents Bonhoeffer as the ...more
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Published October 21st 2014 by Baker Academic (first published October 10th 2014)
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Andy Hickman
Oct 29, 2015 Andy Hickman rated it really liked it
Andrew Root, Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2014).
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Andrew Root's coverage of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is exceptional. Youth ministry was central to Bonhoeffer's life. He was a forefather to a movement. Bonhoeffer's “Christopraxis” (as Root describes it) was that youth ministry should “turn to the theological,” and seek to share in the concrete and lived experience of young people as the very place to share i
Dec 09, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
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Provocative, helpful, difficult. I really crawled through this book and want to discuss it with others. Time to reflect and digest.
Seth Vopat
Sep 26, 2014 Seth Vopat rated it it was amazing
Of all the seasons fall is probably my favorite. I love the cooler weather and the opportunities it provides to put on a comfy sweatshirt, make a hot cup of coffee or tea, and sit down with a good book.

Andy Root is releasing a new and intriguing book this fall which is truly a gem. In what Andy, himself, calls his latest book-Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker is a lacuna in Bonhoeffer literature as it examines Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a, “sort of”, forefather of youth ministry. You will have to read it
Quique Autrey
Sep 15, 2014 Quique Autrey rated it it was amazing
Dr. Andrew Root, Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, makes a bold yet simple claim in his latest book Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together. Root’s claim is that Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the forefather of the theological turn in youth ministry. According to Root, the theological turn in youth ministry (as opposed to the turn to theology or the turn to the technological), is one that “seeks to share in the ...more
Wesley Ellis
Aug 18, 2014 Wesley Ellis rated it it was amazing
Andrew Root, a pioneering theologian of youth ministry, once again takes a courageous step by offering a book that will appeal both to youth workers and to theologians (particularly, in this case, Bonhoeffer scholars). For the Bonhoeffer scholar, he offers Bonhoeffer's ministry to young people as a hermeneutical lens for interpreting his life and work. Conscious of the "Bonhoeffer phenomenon"--in which everybody tries to claim Bonhoeffer as their own (as the ultimate evangelical or the ultimate ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
In Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, Andrew Root seeks to write a book that is "a gift to youth workers, showing them that their calling stands on the broad shoulders of Bonhoeffer" (from the preface), but also to give Bonhoeffer scholars a look at how central youth work was to Bonhoeffer's ministry, a fact often overlooked. Root does a good job of the second aim, but the strength of this book is definitely in the application of Bonhoeffer’s life and work for the modern day youth minister.

The first se
Paul Amlin
Oct 02, 2014 Paul Amlin rated it it was amazing
"Bonheffer saw youth ministry as seeking God's action in Jesus Christ within the concrete and lived experience of young people themselves, within sharing in their being."

Andrew Root has crafted an excellent work, not too surprising for those who've followed his writing in the past, but in addition to the ongoing theme of a theological turn in youth ministry, in this work Root has exposed a new side of Bonhoeffer that many haven't yet known. Bonhoeffer was prolific in his writing and teaching, y
Adam Lorenz
Oct 02, 2014 Adam Lorenz rated it really liked it
In typical Root fashion, he writes in a very accessible and provocative manner as he continues his dive into the 'theological turn' for youth ministry framework - this time using Bonhoeffer as an example. As one who has not read much of Bonhoeffer's biography, instead having read most of his works contained in 'A Testament to Freedom', I appreciated Root's approach to working through Bonhoeffer's life by acknowledging his influences and bias' at the beginning while reminding readers of them at ...more
Dave Adams
Oct 01, 2014 Dave Adams rated it it was amazing
As someone who has heard Bonhoeffer referenced several times in sermons, and who has been inspired by everything I have heard about him, but who actually knew very little about his life and wanted to learn more, this book was PERFECT!

Andrew Root does what he does best...he frames theology in a way that fully engages your intellect, but in language that is easy to understand and comforting to read. In this specific instance, he fully (yet succinctly) introduces us to Bonhoeffer...who he was, what
Sep 30, 2014 Jdshankles rated it it was amazing
This is a book that reaches out and grabs a hold of two distinct groups: those who love Bonhoeffer and those who love youth ministry. Sometimes these groups overlap in certain people, but whether you are part of one group or both, this book is a must read. For those who love Bonhoeffer, Root carves out an often unexplored and yet significant part of Bonhoeffer's life and work - Bonhoeffer's work with youth and youth ministry. For those who love youth ministry, Root gives a thorough biography of ...more
Bryn Clark
Jul 28, 2016 Bryn Clark rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful surprise. I'm always skeptical of book titles that seem to hijack a particular figure or ideology. But Root's analysis of Bonhoeffer's story as well as his theological work and their relation to youth ministry is not a stretch but is, rather, a unique but incredibly valid perspective on a versatile theologian. I've been in youth ministry for over five years now and though I haven't read much literature on the topic (I usually avoid books specifically about 'youth ...more
Andrew Bondurant
Nov 20, 2015 Andrew Bondurant rated it it was amazing
This is a very helpful unpacking of Bonhoeffer's life and ministry. This is a fantastic resource that explores Bonhoeffer as the father of theological (practical theology) youth ministry. Root offers application directly from Bonhoeffer's two most well-known books (Discipleship and Life Together) after showing how Bonhoeffer himself practiced this type of ministry to youth throughout his ministry. This is a helpful contribution both to the study of Bonhoeffer and the study of Youth Ministry. ...more
Dave Irwin
May 09, 2016 Dave Irwin rated it it was amazing
The author gave me some insight into how Bonhoeffer worked with youth. Two themes jump out after reading this book: Place-sharing and Following. Place-sharing is where you interact with others in a community of believers. It isn't about communal living. It is about serving each other, listening to each other, pointing each other to Christ. Following, refers simply to "following Christ." The book really gave me some things to consider.
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Andrew Root joined Luther Seminary in 2005 as assistant professor of youth and family ministry. Previously he was an adjunct professor at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington D.C., and Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J.

Root received his bachelor of arts degree from Bethel College, St. Paul, Minn., in 1997. He earned his master of divinity (2000) and his master of theology (2001) d
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“Anxiety, as neuropsychologists today tell us, is toxic; our brains are wired to avoid anxiety. Anxiety corrupts the chemistry of the brain and leads us to depart (emotionally or physically) from others to protect ourselves. Jesus’s words to his disciples “to fear not” (Luke 8:50 NRSV) become of utmost significance. Anxiety is so acidic that it is nearly impossible to have relationship, to be a place-sharer, where the air is poisoned with it. Bonhoeffer’s calm and composure, even on the first day, signaled to the boys that he had no anxiety, no worry about lessons being unfinished or others thinking he was a failure. His composure signaled to them that it might be that he is really just here for them, rather than to fulfill some goal that they could frustrate (like getting them through the material). Bonhoeffer’s composure tacitly indicated to the boys that he was more loyal to their concrete persons than any end others sought for them.” 1 likes
“But if faith is only for the future, there will be no faith, for like manna, faith saved spoils.” 1 likes
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