Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sticky Faith: Book Review and Giveaway

About a year ago, the awesome folks at Fuller Youth Institute put out this fantastic resource called Sticky Faith. Doing solid research about the faith of graduating seniors from high school, FYI has pulled together some practical wisdom on how to foster a spirituality and faith that lasts beyond the teen years and into emerging adulthood.

You've probably heard the (likely made up) stat that 90% of graduating seniors fall away from their faith in Christ. First off, I'm not even sure what "falling away" means. The Sticky Faith research suggests it's more like 40-50% undergo a faith crisis. That's certainly a more hopeful number, but still alarming when viewed in the context of real relationships and stories. The thought that half of the new college freshman won't stick with their faith in Christ is saddening.

I've already incorporated some of the Sticky Faith practices in my own high school ministry. For instance, meaningful conversations and service opportunities are far more conducive to a maturing faith than large entertainment-oriented events or games. Our team realized that the best moments in our mid-week program weren't even part of the program; the conversations that happened before and after our games and worship and videos and teaching were better at fostering faith with students. So we've stopped doing games in our high school program and incorporated mingle time. Now there's programmed space meant entirely for meaningful conversation. We've also begun offering two short-term missions opportunities in the summer months instead of one.

I've got an extra copy of Sticky Faith: Youth Worker Edition, and I'd like to get rid of it before I move to Canada. So I'm offering it to you, the faithful blog reader!

Here's how you can win a free copy of Sticky Faith:

1. Write a comment that includes your NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS telling me one reason your own faith has stuck. What has kept you following Jesus in the long-term? What were the people or practices that made your faith last? Share the story in a comment on this post (not just on Facebook).

2. Post your comment by 12:00 PM PST, Friday, August 31. One comment will be chosen at random as the fortunate winner.

3. Share this blog post on Twitter or Facebook. You gotta spread the love of Sticky Faith in order to officially enter to win. You can click the FB share button above, or Tweet it. (I don't have Twitter myself).

I'll announce a winner the afternoon of Aug 31 on this post and contact them via email.

Buy the parent version of Sticky Faith here.

Buy the youth worker edition here.


  1. Austin (
    There has been three main things that have made my faith "stick" over the years: regular intake of God's Word, accountability relationships, and God's unconditional love. If it were not for these three things I would not be where I am today. Through regular time in God's Word, He has shown me grace and mercy and given my a faith that continues to grow with the help of His Holy Spirit. He has also surrounded me with accountability relationships that have kept me on track. I would love a copy of this book and been wanting to read it for awhile.

  2. My own faith has stuck in large part because I have constantly sought to challenge it by seeking alternative viewpoints. A faith left unchallenged is a faith in the process of atrophying.


  3. Brent (

    One of the biggest reasons my faith has "stuck" is because i was never afraid of asking the hard questions. Things that normally really challenge a persons faith, have great answers out there, you just need to find them. So all through high school, and then college, i always spent a lot of time looking for the hard questions, and then answering them. That said, I would never have made it as far as i did had it not been for the great relationships i had with the many strong Christians around me.

  4. My faith stuck because some great mentors continued to stretch and push me. Some were peer mentors, others were older adults in ministry, others were even online supporters (back when chat rooms were big)...

    Of course, overall, my faith has stuck because no matter what happened in my life, having and keeping faith was what got me through and kept me going :)

  5. My faith stuck because I was discipled and learned to seek God and read His Word along with being able to tell my story; knowing and seeing where God showed up in my life allowed my faith to be real and stick with me.

  6. Jake Brooks

    My faith journey is completely credited to the Holy Spirit. I got plugged into a youth group during the last semester of my senior year of high school and that helped develop my faith. I luckily was hanging out with the right friends who invited me to youth. God definitely put those people in my life. When I got to college, I just got involved in campus ministry right away and was plugged into the Christian community on campus. Being a part of that kind of community, to me, is one of the biggest factors in our faith "sticking."

  7. The winner, chosen at random...


    Trazy Lyn, check your email today! Thanks for everyone who commented and shared, loved reading everyone's stories about what makes faith stick.