Book Recommendation from a Pastor
“Building Bridges” by Julie Lowe
Recommendation by Pastor Wayne Hu
Whether you are a parent, a youth or children’s volunteer, or just someone who regularly interacts with children, “Building Bridges,” by Julie Lowe is a resource that will help you grow in winsomely connecting with and getting to know the hearts of the children. Through case studies, Scriptural insights, and explanations of how we are created and impacted by our world, Lowe provides numerous ways to better understand and love. This book is not just theologically rich but immensely practical as it includes principles on how to engage well with kids and teens and numerous expressive activities that speak into children’s hearts and challenges.
Here are some quotes from the book:
- “We start [interactions with kids/teens] by being committed to meeting young people where they are, not where we are, nor where we want them to be. We must be willing to work hard and thoughtfully to enter into their world” (4).
- “Formulas and ideals run aground because we assume that if we plug every child into our formulas, they will all come out as poster children for success. Instead, young people whom we attempt to help by surface formulas are often hindered or harmed. As we approach ministering to young people, it would be helpful to ask ourselves whether we are becoming discerning at knowing this child well. What does this particular child need?” (18)
- “Often parents want an immediate solution to their problems — when what they really need is time to learn and understand their child and what factors have contributed to the challenges at hand. They need time to examine their child individually, to prayerfully ask what it looks like to help him or her, and then to make informed decisions for the benefit of their child” (25)
- “It is not perfection we are called to, but to a commitment to really know people well. Let’s be careful to listen well, be slow to speak, thoughtful to draw out, and wise to speak truth back in” (42).
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