Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Lost and Found: Adolescence, Parenting, and the Formation of Faith

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Lost and Found: Adolescence, Parenting, and the Formation of Faith

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Lost and Found: Adolescence, Parenting, and the Formation of Faith. By Amanda Millay Hughes. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications, 2002. ix + 168 pp. $13.95 (paper).

Adolescence is a time of life that challenges young people and adults alike. Perhaps no other period of the human life span is marked by such dramatic intensity of joy and pain, grace and struggle. Certainly, the church is called to be a source of formation and support to both young people and parents during adolescence. Yet it is equally true that many in the church feel inadequate to this task. Throughout her book, Lost and Found: Adolescence, Parenting, and the Formation of Faith, Amanda Millay Hughes offers a compassionate and insightful perspective on the world of adolescence through her own experience as a parent and as a youth minister. Compassion for youth and parents is at the center of this book, as action based in "participation in the life and passion of another. . . . Understanding is limited while compassion knows no end. I needed compassion and so did my children" (p. 5).

Amanda Millay Hughes is an artist, writer, and educator. She is the coauthor of the nationally acclaimed Journey to Adulthood formation program and has spoken widely on adolescent spirituality and Christian formation. Hughes's approach to the world of adolescents is both deeply incarnational and eminently practical. The book reads more like a meditation on adolescence, parenting, and faith, than a formal theological treatise. The title of the book, Lost and Found, is drawn from the only story of Jesus as a twelve-year-old in the gospels, and its impact on the authors own parenting. "Lost in our love for God and found in his kingdom," writes Hughes. …

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