Life for a typical junior higher is awesome. And hard. And fun. And exciting. And boring. And crazy, right? Basically, it’s a blur of all those things—and more!
Junior high truly is a season of ups and downs, of possibilities and confusion, of amazing memories and embarrassing moments. To survive it all, you sometimes just need a little help—or 99 bite-sized bits of help!
Mark Oestreicher and Brooklyn Lindsey—youth pastors who’ve worked with people your age for a long, long time—have teamed up to create this insider’s guide for this wild ride.
They’ll help as you examine the changes in your life, figure out what you believe, see where God and church fit into the picture, choose how to interact with family and friends, and decide what matters most in life. And you’ll read some true stories about the authors’ own junior high years!
99 Thoughts for Junior Highers will entertain, engage, and encourage you during this crazy season of life!
About the Author
Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and founding partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training, and coaching for church youth workers. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0, Marko is a sought-after speaker, writer, and consultant. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife, Jeannie, and two teenage children, Liesl and Max. Marko's blog: whyismarko.com.
Brooklyn became a youth pastor in 2001. She's authored six books, and shares with thousands of students and youth workers every year. Likes: pizza, dessert, bike riding, dressing up, and treasure hunting. She leads the middle school ministry at Highland Park Church of the Nazarene. Her greatest joy is raising her two little girls with her husband Coy.
Table of Contents
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Chapter 1 Who Am I? - Understanding Yourself 1
Chapter 2 What's Happening to Me? - Everything About You Is Changing 15
Chapter 3 You and God 31
Chapter 4 The Low-Down on Church 45
Chapter 5 How Do I Figure Out What I Believe? 57
Chapter 6 Friends 69
Chapter 7 Family 83
Chapter 8 Future Matters 93
Chapter 9 What's Most Important? - Figuring Out Priorities 105
Chapter 10 Your Crazy Life 115
Chapter 11 Girls and Guys 125