Gift Bibles with a Twist

Kara Powell

Part of what I love about my role at the Fuller Youth Institute is I feel that it makes me a better parent.  Almost every day I get a great idea or hear an encouraging story or challenging insight that shapes me.

Last week I heard from a dad who, along with his wife, wanted to make a tangible impact on their oldest son, who was a high school junior.  So they bought a Bible for him, but they didn’t give it to him.  They kept it themselves, and used it during their son’s junior and senior years as their own devotional Bible.  They prayed through it, and made notes in it about specific passages that specifically related to their son.  After two years, they presented it to their son upon his high school graduation.

They did the same for their other three children as they entered their junior year of high school.  For all four of those young people, that Bible was a constant reminder of their parents’ care and concern for them.

Recently this dad heard from a church that heard about this story and decided to bring an intergenerational twist to it.  The church had 15 high school juniors and so it recruited 15 senior adults who would get a Bible and do the same prayer and Scripture underlining and journaling for two years for those juniors.  Upon their high school graduation, each senior adult presented their Bible to their respective young adult in a special intergenerational rite of passage.

Can you imagine how it would feel to receive that Bible, whether it was from your parents or another adult who had been thinking of you and praying for you for the last few years?

That’s Sticky Faith in action. 


Published Nov 23, 2011
Kara Powell

Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. As a youth ministry veteran of over 20 years, she serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties. Named by Christianity Today as one of "50 Women You Should Know", Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including Sticky Faith, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.

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