This workbook is a good addition to a series of Bible studies for young people. It is a twelve week study exploring themes from the gospel of Mark such as being understood and loved by Jesus, evil, faith, compassion, opposition to the Christian faith, the future, and more.
There is very little homework assigned between meetings, generally reading a chapter or two in Mark. That makes this a good study for students who don't have much time for extra study. There are great leader's notes making this a good study to be led by someone new to leading groups. There are suggested times given for meeting activities, such as reading material and discussing questions. A teen could use this book to confidently begin and lead the Bible study. It could be done as a one-to-one discipleship experience or in a small group setting.
I appreciated the way this study developed. It explored some issues that might be troubling to young people, such as Jesus' anger. It helps participants recognize the major elements of the gospel of Mark as well as getting to know Jesus better.
You can read a sample here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
John Perritt, MDiv,DMin, is the director of resources for Reformed Youth Ministries and serves as host of The Local Youth Worker podcast for RYM. He previously served in local youth ministry for more than fifteen years. He is the author of Insecure, Your Days Are Numbered, What Would Judas Do?, and Time Out! The Gift of God of Youth Sports. He has also published articles with The Gospel Coalition and Desiring God. He and his wife live in Ridgeland, MS, with their five children. You can find him on Twitter (@johnperritt) and Instagram (@jperritt).
New Growth Press, 128 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.