Friday, January 13, 2006

Hurt

Chap Clark's 2004 book Hurt is my first attempt at a 'Book Promotion'. Due to my own lack of discipline and tendency to lean towards media as my source of entertainment, it took me about 2.5 months to finish. Yet this is not a reflection on the quality of book, but on the reader.

As an individual who felt included in the cross-section of people he is writing about, I found myself remembering grade school through his critical eyes. Different aspects of my existence in those times began to make more sense. Yet, the book is geared to those involved in Youth Advocate professions and for most of us the book simply puts into words what we have been observing.

The book hinges on 4 factors. First, that adults believe life is different for youth but can't explain why, hence believe the fantasy little has changed. Second, that academics debate about what is different but little research has been done. Third, that the mission of organizations originally established to empower youth have lost their vision and are now systematically abandoning them. Finally, that youth are desperate for adult care, compassion, and most importantly rebuilding trust. By the way Hurt is written by a Christian man, but attempts to be as objective as possible and leaves out a faith response until the last 2 chapters.

In my opinion this book is a must read for those involved in Youth Advocate professions.

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At 10:01 AM, Blogger Lukas McKnight said...

What are his (and yours) suggestions of bridging this communication gap between the old and young?

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger jay baehr said...

Lukas...
I think the his intent is to get us to realize how much this generation needs solid adult role models. Even though at times the youth may seem mature majority are creating this maturity by what they see in the media not by interaction with parents, teachers or youth workers.

The reality of being a good role model is taking time, meaning years and years of connection. They don't need someone else throwing in the towel on them after a few months. It is a high calling but one more of us need to take.

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger St.Phransus said...

hi jay, thanks for suggesting this book. honestly it has been on my bookshelf for sometime and i recently pulled it off along with a few other books in the youth ministry academics field and thought that i'd like to read them soon.

your review of it has increased my interest to begin reading.

thanks and shalom,
jonathon

 

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