Author Andrew Root describes Relationships Unfiltered: Help for Youth Workers, Volunteers, and Parents on Creating Authentic Relationships as a “condensed, concentrated” version of his first book Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation.  “It’s sweeter and more palatable – not in the sense of being better, but in the sense of being more direct and more concerned about evoking your thoughts and feelings than making consistent and complex academic arguments.”  I’m really glad he wrote it.  Because, as I read and reviewed Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, I kept saying to myself: “I wish that I could recommend this book to parents and volunteers, as well as youth pastors with some appreciation and interest in the finer points of theology.”  I guess Dr. Root got that feedback from a few other people as well.  Relationships Unfiltered is a great book to suggest to parents and volunteers, or to study with them using the discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

[Disclosure of Material Connection: Dr. Root sent me (and several other bloggers) this book, hoping that we would like it and tell others about it.  I did, but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed, as always, are my own, as if anyone cares. FYI, I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

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