New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Way to Live

Christian Practices for Teens

Dorothy Bass, Don C. Richter • July 2002

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"I want to find a way to live that keeps me involved in what God is doing in me and in the world around me. Do you know a way to live that is like that?"

Eighteen teens and 18 adults tackle that question in Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens. Their different points of view and personal stories make living a Christian life real.

"This book invites you into a community of people who don't just go with the flow," say the editors. "This community's image of 'the good life' is not about having lots of stuff or being more successful than other people. Instead, it's about getting involved in the loving, challenging life of God."

Find out how Alexx dealt with all his stuff, how Marie expressed her creativity with a paint roller, what Jack learned about play. These are just a few of the Christian practices this team of writers explores.

Some ancient Christian practices turn up as ways to deepen awareness of God's presence in our lives today. Discover how to use your imagination when reading the Bible—á la Saint Ignatius—and practice tuning in to God like Brother Lawrence of the 17th century.

This fun, graphics-filled book will start teens on the spiritual journey of a lifetime!

A FREE LEADER'S GUIDE filled with engaging, doable things to encourage teen Christian practices is HERE. (Size: 542 KB. Download times will vary.)

Categories: Spiritual Practice, Youth
Dorothy C. Bass has written or edited six books on Christian practices and is the Director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, a Lilly Endowment project based at Valparaiso University.

Don C. Richter is associate director of Louisville Institute, which supports those who lead and study religious institutions and practices in North America. An Alabama native, Don graduated from Davidson College (AB) and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv, PhD). An ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister and practical theologian, Don served at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville (1981–1984) and taught Christian education at Bethany Theological Seminary (1988–1992) and Candler School of Theology (1992–1998), where he was also founding director of the Youth Theology Institute. As associate director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People of Faith (1999–2010), Don wrote Mission Trips That Matter (Upper Room Books, 2008), and with Dorothy Bass coedited Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens (Upper Room Books, 2002). He resides in Louisville, where he sings in the Highland Presbyterian Church chancel choir.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-0975-7

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: July 2002

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 304

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Youth

BISAC1: REL109030

BISAC2: REL012070

BISAC3: REL012120

"If you're up for some life-rattling, world-shaking, head-turning, boat-rocking twists and turns in your life journey, then Way to Live is your global positioning.… You can't just read this book. You DO it."
— Kenda Creasy Dean, co-author of The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry "Way to Live gets it! A vibrant, compelling, unique exploration of Christian practices written for today's youth by teen and adult authors. Practices that once may have been no more than a huge yawn during a Sunday-school lesson leap off the pages and connect with teen readers as dazzlingly real and relevant to their everyday lives."
— Patricia Hersch, author of A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence

Books by Dorothy Bass

Books by Don C. Richter