“Get Outta My Face” Book Review


I started reading Get Outta My Face by Rick Horne several months ago with the High School and Junior High Staff based on several recommendations from a few of the blogs that I read as well as a glowing recommendation from Paul Tripp.

The subtitle to Get Outta My Face is “How to reach angry, unmotivated teens with biblical counsel.”  The focus of this book is definitely on working with angry teens.  In other words, this is not a generic book on how to work with teenagers, rather it is an extremely focused book on how to work with teenagers who are seemingly “out of control” and furious with everyone and everything.  Through 171 pages Rick Horne takes you through a step by step process for working with angry teens.  Horne introduces the book in this way:

Here’s a fact.  Angry, unmotivated, and disinterested teens, whether Christian or not, are confused, insecure, and often blind to everything except what they want right now.  Their desires and actions have been corrupted and polluted by sin.  that’s why they have a problem.

Here’s another fact.  Angry, unmotivated, and disinterested teens, whether Christian or not, are made in the image of God.  This means that beneath their corrupted desires and actions the image of God remains.  that’s the key to solving their problem.

Far from dismissing or sugar-coating sin, this approach opens wide the door to evangelizing the unsaved teen and to helping the Christian teen grow in holiness and wisdom.  This book will teach you how to build a bridge to young adults on the basis of the ways in which their desires and actions reflect the image of God and the blessing of common grace.

One of the most important things to realize about this book is that it is extremely focused on one thing: the posture that adults take toward angry teens.  Horne goes to great lengths to emphasize the importance of approaching angry teens in a biblical fashion in order to get an opportunity to present biblical truth to them.  I suppose this is something of a weakness and a strength.  If you are dealing with an angry teen, this is going to be a very helpful book for starting a conversation with him/her.  On the other hand if you’re looking for general information on working with teens, you’ll probably find yourself wanting more than what Get Outta My Face offers.  In which case, I would highly recommend Paul Tripp’s book Age of Opportunity.

Get Outta My Face is a great book for dealing with angry teenagers.  I would definitely recommend it.

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January 18 2010 05:00 am | Blog

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