This week, I had a great Sunday School class with a bunch of preteen boys, and I wish I could say it was because of some innate personality characteristic of mine. Truth is, I’m not that good with boys – especially preteen ones! Once the cool factor starts to kick in, I’m pretty much left in the dust.
I know it’s wrong, but I’m more comfortable with the kids who sit still, sing songs, raise their hands to answer questions, and boys… well, they just don’t usually do that. I knew I needed to change this attitude, so I picked up What Your Son Isn’t Telling You: Unlocking the Secret World of Teen Boys, hoping to get an inside look at the minds and hearts of the young men in my midst.
What a great book. It really opened my eyes to the “quiet support” young men need. To not overwhelm them with questions or get all over them when they are fidgety. I helped me to see their struggles and their desires for righteousness that are so often thwarted by the world. All this was fresh in my mind when I went into Sunday School, and I have to tell you, it made a huge difference in my interactions. I didn’t instantly land on them with rules and demands (normally, I would have made them sit in chairs around the table, but instead I let them lounge on the couch and stools). I listened without criticizing. I dialogged without preaching at them. It was a blessing beyond belief for me, and I am so grateful the regular teacher called in sick! (Read the full story here)
As we were discussing the difficulties in Bible study, I mentioned The Action Bible. It was something I had recently stumbled upon — the most complete Bible illustrated in comic book form. The boys seemed pretty excited about the idea, so I ordered three that night (small class!). One boy has already read through the entire book of Genesis.
At first I was a little wary of the comic book Bible, but it seemed pretty accurate and I think it’s great for this stage of the game. What do you think? Do you think The Action Bible is watering things down? Take a look at the promo and share your opinion!