God's Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens
Format: Paperback
Book Code: J203
Pages: 128
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: 9780817017330
PubDate: 2013
Publisher: JUDSON PRESS

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Watch author Romal Tune's interview on Empowering Voices

Read the Table of Contents and the Introduction.

“Is there anyone in the Bible like me?” The answer is, Yes!

Turn the page, and I’ll show you the path that God has laid out for you in the stories of each of these at-risk youth in the Bible. —from the Introduction

No one escapes the challenges of childhood, but we can conquer them! Highlighting noted “at-risk” youth in the Bible and sharing his own story of growing up in poverty amid crime and violence, Rev. Romal Tune details how obstacles can become opportunities through faith. In God’s Graffiti, he will help you: 

·         Stop past pain and failure from hindering your future

·         Value good and bad experiences and use them as building blocks for success 

·         Deal with your anger and fear to become emotionally whole and healthy

·         Restore broken relationships and see the victory in God

Both practical and inspirational, this Bible study celebrates men and women in Scripture who left troubled pasts behinds to claim purpose-filled futures!


Editorial Reviews:

"In God's Graffiti, Romal Tune offers timeless wisdom from Scripture and inspirational encouragement from his own life, which have the potential to change a teen's life forever." --Margaret Feinberg, www.margaretfeinberg.com, author of Wonderstruck

"God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens offers a prophetic prescription for young people surrounded by challenging realities by facilitating a platform that empowers, engages, and enriches with the transformative power of faith in God. Via powerful biblical narratives, Rev. Tune frames the optics of hope and change for a generation poised to lead our cities out of the desert of despair and into the promise of tomorrow."—Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Hispanic Evangelical Association

"God’s Graffiti has arrived as a marvelous gift to this generation! Reminiscent of Renita Weems’ Just A Sister Away, this visionary study of eight young women and men in the Bible tells the story of how God loves young people in and through the graffiti of their lives today. Romal Tune’s autobiographical introduction invites us into an exciting truth: that all of us are inheritors of the dream if we only dare to achieve. This book is filled with practical principles for young people—and the young at heart. Believe it!"—Alton B. Pollard III, PhD, Dean and Professor of Religion and Culture, Howard University School of Divinity

"God has given Romal Tune a passionate concern for youth.  His book, God’s Graffiti, connects Scripture with the real life struggles of today’s young people.  In his Graffiti, I believe a living, loving Jesus is speaking to a new generation of young Christians saying, “Follow me!”—Will Willimon, Author, Bishop, United Methodist Church, and Professor, Duke Divinity School

"One of the hardest jobs we have as educators and ministers is making God’s message in the Bible relevant to our youth and young adults. In God’s Graffiti, Romal Tune illuminates how God’s grace plays an active role throughout all of salvation history, including our own lives today. This book reminds us that God’s unconditional love is for each and every one of us, especially those who need it most: the broken, the marginalized, the lonely, the addicted. Using his own life story as the context, Tune demonstrates that no matter how much we’ve messed up or what others might think of us, God always loves us and remains with us. With God, anything is possible."—Daniel J. O’Connell, EdD, Principal, Verbum Dei High School, Watts, CA

"God's Graffiti will arrest your attention. All who read this book will be blessed by the insights and inspiration that reflects both his wisdom from the school of hard knocks and his wrestling with the Word of God. Young people and young adults will appreciate his “real talk” that gets in your face with Good News that's biblically based. He brilliantly gleans lessons from Scripture and makes sense out of the nonsense that haunts those who are hurting. Those who have known a life of privilege should also read God's Graffiti. It will sensitize you to the plight of those who continue to be victimized by injustice and inequality. Christians will be challenged to join Rev. Tune in his ministry on the front lines bringing hope and healing to the hood."—Frederick Douglass Haynes III, Senior Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Chairman of the Board, FaithFormula Human Services Corporation

"This book is inspiring and engaging! It combines the Bible and life in a way that renews our hope and our vision. I loved it." —Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland - A Church Distributed

"In God's Graffiti Romal Tune uses the power of both biblical and personal narrative to underscore God's loving grace in situations of extremity. For decades, pretty people, sacrosanct narratives, and saccharin dialogues have been the bane of much literature attempting to reach urban markets. By examining the unvarnished lives of biblical characters and simultaneously sharing his own painful history, Romal punctuates redemption, hope, strength, and beauty. Young people can move beyond the media-fed illusions of perfection and myths of glamour and understand that God moves in the present, raw, reality of life. Those with painful experiences will find inspiration and perhaps healing for their own lives. God's Graffiti helps remind me that we are indeed God's idiosyncratic expression, God's response, God's intervention, and God's signpost of redemption for the world!" —David Ramos, Founder and Facilitator, Latino Leadership Circle

"God's Graffitiis an incredible book, and author Romal Tune reminds us that hope is present even in tough circumstances. He is a leader in touch with current realities, who points us toward God in powerful ways, with a fresh look at biblical characters. These inspiring stories help us see the beauty beneath the challenges of everyday life."—Leroy Barber, President, Mission Year

"When you take a great storyteller like Romal Tune, get him telling some of the world's most amazing stories from the Bible, and then invite him to weave his own story in as well—you get this great book for young people (that grown-ups will really enjoy too). God’s Graffiti will tell you really important truths about life, God, and yourself. I highly recommend it."—Brian D. McLaren, Author, Speaker, Activist (brianmclaren.net)

"With raw candor and vulnerability, God's Graffiti speaks to so-called at-risk youth with the voice of one of their own. Author Romal Tune, writes to these young people as one who knows, testifying to the God who restores their beginnings and transforms their endings. A wonderful resource to use for devotion or Bible study that is destined to become a classic in working with at-risk kids."—Dr. Felicia Howell LaBoy, Assistant Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair, Director, the Center for Urban Ministry, United Theological Seminary

"Romal Tune's story is a moving one, and reminds all of us about the power of community.  It also reminds us of our obligation to make the world a better place for all children. And Romal is doing exactly that with Faith for Change, the nonprofit he founded that's galvanizing people of faith around struggling public school students.  He lives out his faith every day, and spurs others to do the same.  That's a real inspiration to  all of us."—Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide

 



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