How to use the favorites function to create your own reading lists

Brad M. Griffin | Jun 16, 2017

We all love time-savers, productivity apps, and shortcuts that increase our efficiency. If you’re like me, you also love anything that helps you remember things you like or find really helpful. Just in time for summer, our team at FYI is releasing another way to save you time, prompt your memory, and make it incredibly easy to share your favorite content.

That’s right, we’re excited to introduce a “Favorites” function on just for you.

No more searching through the archives of hundreds and hundreds of posts to find the one you vaguely remember on how to talk to young people or how to respond to teenagers who doubt God. Every time you read an article or blog ­post you like, you can quickly add it to your favorites list.

Creating a Favorites List is easy as 1-2-3.

1. Create an FYI account.

Click on "Login" at the right-hand corner of this page, and create your account with an email address and password. This account will allow you to view your favorites lists and future purchases from our store.

2. Add your favorite posts to new favorites lists.

Head to your favorite blog post. In the upper row right below the featured image, you will see gray text that reads "Add to Favorites." Click on that, and a box will appear for you to create a new list. Name your list, and click "Choose." Once you have several lists created, you can select those lists as you continue to add posts to your favorites.

3. View and share your favorites lists.

To view all your lists, click on "Account" in the upper right-hand corner, and click on "My Favorites Lists." To share a particular list with friends, click on the "Share" button. In the box that pops up, switch the status of the list from "Private" to "Shared". Copy the URL and paste it in an email or on social media!

Create multiple lists.

Why stop at one list? Within just a few minutes, you can curate a new list based on a topic, search, or theme. Plus it’s shareable!

For example, I put together this list to share with parents as a quick reference to some of our most helpful posts around technology and social media.

And this list for helping my volunteer leaders respond to teenagers in crisis.

You might want to use some of the lists we’ve curated, or make a volunteer training list of posts based on specific topics you want your small group leaders to read before the fall ministry season starts up again.

Want to introduce someone to the basics of Growing Young? Here’s a starter list from Jake.

Want to help parents have better conversations with their kids this summer? Here’s Kara’s list for that.

You can decide whether a list stays private or goes public, and we’ve made it easy to share your list via social media or email.

Get started by creating a login in the top right-hand corner of any page or post on the site, or click the “Add to Favorites” icon at the top or bottom of any post you’re reading.

We hope this is just one more way we can make it easy for you to use our content for your ministry, family, and friends. And who doesn’t need a little extra time for other things this summer? You’re welcome.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.

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