New Faculty Book Helps Adults Guide Youth, Young Adults to Find Sense of Purpose
AUSTIN, Texas (June 25, 2013)—David F. White, professor in the C. Ellis and Nancy Gribble Nelson Chair of Christian education at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has published Dreamcare: A Theology of Youth, Spirit, and Vocation (Cascade Books). This book provides suggestions for how families and Christian communities might engage young people to discover their sense of purpose in life.
White writes, “Framing theologically the concerns and gifts of young people is essential for creating meaning capable of supporting young people in discerning how to craft lives that matter to themselves, to others, and to God.” Dreamcare includes narrative resources combined with research findings from Emory’s Youth Theological Institute, which identifies four pathways—desire, joy, compassion, and responsibility—by which young people discover a sense of purpose.
Dean Allan Cole says, “Professor White continues to teach us much about youth, vocation, faith, and their relationship. Dreamcare makes an important, distinctive contribution to the literature, and it will offer support to youth, and to those who work with them, for years to come.”
David White has also published Awakening Youth Discipleship in a Consumer Culture (2007) and Practicing Discernment with Youth (2007). His research has focused primarily on youth and spiritual discernment. He is ordained in the United Methodist Church and has served churches in California, Alaska, and Mississippi.
Dreamcare is available through Wipf and Stock Publications (www.wipfandstock.com), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.
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