FAITH NEWS SERVICE – According to research by the Barna Group, 60 percent of young American Christians leave the church temporarily or even permanently after age fifteen. A quarter of those say a key reason for this disconnect is that “the Bible is not taught clearly or often enough.”*
J. Warner Wallace, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and adjunct professor of apologetics at Talbot School of Theology (Biola University) and Southern Evangelical Seminary, agrees: “Much has been written about both the Biblical illiteracy of teenage believers and the flight of young people from the Church. . . . The growing statistics should alarm us enough as Church leaders to do something about the dilemma.”**
Enter pastor Tim Shorey. With An ABC Prayer to Jesus: Praise for Hearts Both Young and Old, Shorey presents rich theology couched in language and imagery accessible to children yet also appealing to teens and adults. In traditional alphabet-book style, each four-line stanza focuses on one letter to present names and attributes of Jesus in winsome ways. The verses draw on both the Old and New Testaments to convey the overarching biblical story of salvation. Rhyme and alliteration, enhanced by beautiful black-and-white illustrations in the style of woodcuts, help readers absorb and memorize biblical truths in the manner of traditional prayers and creeds. This unique Jesus-centered offering of worship and meditation will bring parents and children of all ages together. In a world that daily challenges the relevance of the Church, An ABC Prayer to Jesus provides an enduring foundation for faith.
*Barna Group. “Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church.” Barna.com. 27 September 2011. https://www.barna.com/research/six-reasons-young-christians-leave-church/
**Warner Wallace, J. “Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity?” Cold-Case Christianity. 12 January 12 2019. https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-young-people-really-leaving-christianity/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tim Shorey grew up in Japan, the son of missionary parents who provided him with a heritage of faith and devotion. After receiving a BA in biblical literature from Northeastern Bible College, he worked as a pastor in New Jersey for three decades. Tim now serves as lead pastor of Risen Hope Church in Eastern Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife, Gayline. Their six children and thirteen grandchildren—so far!—inspired Tim to create a winsome worship experience that teaches big truths for all ages.
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