YOUNG LIFE by Emile Cailliet


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This book offers the first coherent account available of the Young Life Campaign, a movement which aims at presenting the Gospel to teen-agers through ""personal friendship evangelism"", leading to conversion. The story begins with the first steps taken by the founder, and now Executive Director, James Bayburn, in his attempt to reach high school students outside the framework of the church, and describes the spread of the Campaign until it has reached institutional proportions having national headquarters, several regional conference a staff numbering nearly fifty, regional directors, and the founder himself as executive director responsible for staff, high -level financing, and public relations. This institutionalization, however, is not reconciled in the author's account with a basic tenet of the Campaign-""personal faith in divine guidance"" implies a miraculous element--namely, that the Almighty God actually works out his will through human agencies in off-schedule' ways. Finances, relations with the established churches, the falling away of teenagers from their first acceptance of Christ after they move on to college, or return home from camp, remain among the unresolved problems. The account will be of interest to those who are concerned with teen-age problems, and especially if they have had to deal with leaders of the movement.

Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 1964
Publisher: Harper & Row