Praise for How We Read the Bible
“Many churches spend their energy trying to "get it right" when it comes to WHAT the Bible is and WHAT the Bible says. This is especially true when it comes to how many churches engage their young people.
“Through Matt's unique story and perspective, he invites us into a broader experience of HOW we read the Bible and challenges us to consider that there are more "how's" than we could have imagined. This book will help people move from using the Bible only to gain information, and into a growing relationship with the Bible and a lifelong journey of transformation.”
—Richard Rohr, OFM, author of The Divine Dance
“This book by Matt Laidlaw is going to be used widely by youth workers who are concerned about biblical illiteracy among young people today. Matt provides outstanding directives on how to get young people involved in the Bible and how to get them discussing how the Bible relates to their everyday experiences. I give this book two thumbs up.”
—Tony Campolo, author, speaker, and a founder of the Red Letter Christians movement
“Laidlaw charts a course from the shores of reading the Bible to the deep waters of allowing the Bible to lead us in youth ministry. In a journey with the author from the shores of Lake Superior to the Sea of Galilee, this resource will immerse your ministry— and more importantly your own spiritual journey—in rich biblical reflection and thoughtful practice with young people.”
—Abigail Visco Rusert, Director, Institute for Youth Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary
"This book is for the heroes who dream big about how students can form a different kind of relationship with the words of God. I’m a fan of anyone who begs us to stick with students in the questions and dissonance that result when we let the Bible shape who we are. Matt gives us engaging help to reframe the way we experience the Bible."
—Brooklyn Lindsey, recovering youth minister, writer, speaker, church planter of Somos Church, Lakeland, Florida
“Some theorists have argued that we’re living in a post-reading world. Fewer people are reading books, and even fewer are reading newspapers. YouTube and Netflix have become ubiquitous. Youth workers have a struggle ahead of them; not only do they need to convince young people to read, but to read an ancient text for meaning and direction in their lives today. While young people might think it an option not to read, the depth of the Christian tradition and the importance of discerning the action of the living God make reading the biblical text essential. Right at the crux of this tension, Matt Laidlaw offers all of us an incredibly helpful resource to find our way productively through this reality. I promise this little book will open your mind about reading the Bible and impact your young people. It is a treasure.”
—Andrew Root, Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary and author of Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in an Age of Science
"I wish Matt Laidlaw had been my pastor when I was a teenager. I wish this book had been at my disposal when I started ministry 20+ years ago. The words of this book are freeing and frustrating, filling and full, foundational and future focused. Not only did I feel challenged and provoked in my own discipleship, but I was inspired as a teacher to teenagers today. If you want to capture the imagination of teenagers with the wholeness of the Gospel, read this before you teach again."
—April Diaz, aprildiaz.com