- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Baker Publishing Group (December 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801027322
- ISBN-13: 978-0801027321
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #669,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
HURT: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers Paperback – Oct 1 2004
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About the Author
Chap Clark (Ph.D., University of Denver) is associate professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also serves as director of the Student Leadership Project and Institute of Youth Ministry. He has a wide background in Young Life, Youth Specialties, and pastoral ministry and is the author of over ten books.
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This choice to teach high school was the basis for Chap Clark's groundbreakign book, "Hurt", which I heartily recommend to anyone connected with middle and high schoolers in America. As a former youth worker and parent of a teenager (and another approaching teenage) I cannot say enough about this book for its clear perception of the state of youth culture.
Prepare to be surprised, shocked, offended, and awakened to the state of our youth. This book will make you mad, sad, scared, and hopeful. Prepare for a paradigm shift. Clark has done careful research of the world of high school students, and his work examines their world of "clusters", or friendship groups, and also includes insightful glimpses of the social world, moral confusion, lonliness, and sexual behavior of our young.
I say "our young" because they really belong to us. This is our country's future, and Clark points out in vividly clear language the pain they face, the confusion they deal with, and the ways we adults have abandoned them.
However, this book is not a complete downer. Each chapter ends with hopeful suggestions for change; ways in which the cultural afflictions young people face can be healed. Hope is abundant, and change is possible.
If you truly care about middle and high schoolers, this book is for you! Make it your book club choice, buy it for your friends, fellow teachers, adminstrators, school board members, and youth workers!