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Join the Sticky Faith book club

To join us, buy the book and read chapter one by October 10th

“Lord, make me a better dad.” 

Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8

This is my daily prayer. Literally, it is my prayer every day. Why? Because there have been times when I’ve not been a good dad.

Here’s a painful reality that I’ve had to face: There have been times when I’ve cared more about ministering to other people’s kids while neglecting the needs of my own kids. And as I’ve shared that painful reality I’ve come to realize that I’m not alone in that struggle. It’s a common problem among ministry families and one I think we need to address together.

Your invitation

Kristen and I would like to invite you to join us in an online book club here on my blog where we will be reading, writing about, and wrestling through a brand new book. It’s called, Sticky Faith: Everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids by Kara Powell & Chap Clark.

About Sticky Faith

Nearly every Christian parent in America would give anything to find a viable resource for developing within their kids a deep, dynamic faith that ‘sticks’ long term. Sticky Faith delivers. Research shows that almost half of graduating high school seniors struggle deeply with their faith. Recognizing the ramifications of that statistic, the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) conducted the ‘College Transition Project’ in an effort to identify the relationships and best practices that can set young people on a trajectory of lifelong faith and service. Based on FYI findings, this easy-to-read guide presents both a compelling rationale and a powerful strategy to show parents how to actively encourage their children’s spiritual growth so that it will stick to them into adulthood and empower them to develop a living, lasting faith. Written by authors known for the integrity of their research and the intensity of their passion for young people, Sticky Faith is geared to spark a movement that empowers adults to develop robust and long-term faith in kids of all ages.

Each Monday we will write a brief reflection and some questions specifically geared for ministry families. (It’s open to anyone, obviously all Christians are in ministry to some extent, right?)

And then, just like a book club, we’ll open it up for discussion.

How long will it last?

The book is 8 chapters long, each week we will discuss a single chapter. Don’t worry– the chapters are pretty short.

Here’s the schedule:

October 10th – The not-so-sticky faith reality

October 17th – The sticky gospel

October 24th  – Sticky identity

October 31st – Stick faith conversations

November 7th – A sticky web of relationships

November 14th – Sticky justice

November 28th – A sticky bridge out of home

December 5th – The ups and downs of the sticky faith journey

Why this book?

  1. There are a lot of great books out there for parents, but this one is grounded in brand new research conducted by Fuller Youth Institute. Then they took their findings through a series of tests and dry runs to make sure that their learnings correlated. And only then did they boil it down into transferable principles. I think that sets it apart from most.
  2. Like I shared at the beginning, I think parents in ministry sometimes lose sight of their own kids. I’d like to help bring the focus on learning how to raise our own kids for a bit.
  3. I want to be a better dad. Kristen and I don’t have it all figured out. And we’d like the opportunity to learn from others so we can parent better.
  4. Kara Powell, Chap Clark, Brad Griffin, and the folks at FYI are amazing people. They have poured their heart and soul into this project. And I would love to see their hard work benefit families in my life.

How do I join the book club?

  1. Fill out the form below so we can follow-up with you along the way.
  2. Buy the book; read the first chapter by October 10th. (It’d be great if couples joined us!)
  3. Agree to participate in the discussion and contribute to the group. (Guest posts totally encouraged!)

Where do I buy the book?

  • Amazon.com – paperback or Kindle (I make 6% commission if you buy it this way)
  • DougFields.com – Pretty sure Doug is selling it cheaper than anyone, I don’t make anything from the sale but I did build his store, isn’t that cool?

Join the Sticky Faith online book club

It's free, all you need to do is buy the book and keep up!
  • You don't have to be married or even have kids to join. But if you are doing the book club as a couple we'd love to know that.
  • So we can follow up with you if you get quiet.

Have questions? Leave a comment.

Q1: I’m not in ministry, can I be in the book club? Absolutely! Just know that we’ll be gearing the discussion towards ministry families.

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21 Responses to Join the Sticky Faith book club

  1. Joel Harrison September 20, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    So excited about this…just went on Amazon and actually bought all 3 Books that Adam recommended reading for this Fall!

  2. Harper Charlie September 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    As a youth pastor with no kids that wants to help parents build faith in their kids. Can I sign up?

    • Adam McLane September 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

      Absolutely! Just know it’s going to be about parenting kids and not how to teach parents how to parent their kids. You know what I mean? 

      As I was thinking about this today I thought it wouldn’t be surprising to see some participants start their own book clubs in their church and use this as a model. Just a thought. 

      • Harper Charlie September 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

        No I get that, but it will be awesome to hear parents talk about this.  And doing this with our church is a fantastic idea.  We just launched our student ministry this past Wed.  To start out this early with some thing for them would be great.

        • Harper Charlie September 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

          Actually, I might just get them in on this one.  LOL

          • adam mclane September 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

            That would be great. I don’t see why not. 28 folks so far. I was optimistic that 10 would do it. 28 in the first day shows me just how important this topic is for families in ministry. So cool.

  3. Jeffrey September 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Signed up – both of us.  Ordered the book through the blog – Lynn got one on her Kindle and that should come right away.   I ordered the paperback (sharing is hard with books and if I want to use it at church it can go with me).   Amazon states the book might arrive by October 5th!   Big demand I guess.    May have to read the first chapter on her Kindle.

  4. Cnichles September 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Awaiting my shipment from Amazon! Ready to get Sticky!

  5. Ray Hausler September 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    We’re excited to go through this with everyone. Thanks for setting it up Adam!

  6. Andy Cornett September 23, 2011 at 4:46 am #

    I’m in. Looking forward to this as a parent and as a youthworker. Thanks for the forum!

  7. Lisette September 26, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    I’m in! Thanks for doing this! Looking forward to it as a parent & youth worker! My hubby will problem join in too. Thanks!

    • Lfraser September 26, 2011 at 7:47 am #

      that was probably :)

  8. Josh Corley September 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Adam, I got the Youth Worker Edition and it arrived today.  Do you know if the YWE will correspond to the book club?  I see some of the chapters are different.  I didn’t know if general concepts would translate over or if I’d be lost.  I don’t care to buy the Kindle version of Sticky Faith if it’s different but don’t really want to own two copies of the same book if they’re the same.  Great idea for the book club though!

    • Adam McLane September 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      I have no idea Josh. I’m sure there are a lot of correlations and you’d dig the conversation. I’ve not seen the YW book… so I can’t really say. 

  9. Caroline Wood October 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Looking forward to the conversation!

  10. Jchee425 October 10, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    Joining a little late but will try to keep up. Looking forward to this!

  11. Pastorjeffreyd October 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Adam -My wife Lynn did not receive the email – we have forwarded it to her.   Not sure if I gave her email address when I signed up.   Anyway, it is wearymom@gmail:disqus .com
     thanks
    Jeffrey

    • Adam McLane October 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

      Sorry about that. Yeah, the sign-up form didn’t capture both spouses email. I just added her.

      Others who want to add their spouse can do so here:
      http://eepurl.com/gdYW1

      ~ adam

  12. Sean October 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Just bought the book on amazon so I am looking forward to diving in! 

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