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Hurt 2.0

October 31, 2011

Hurt 2.0 by Chap Clark (Baker Accademic, 2011) is the latest presentation of research Chap Clark has been engaged for the last 10 years. The first book titled simply HURT was ground breaking in its exploration of the “lower world” below the surface world of teens seldom observed by adults. This latest edition updates and highlights certain stastics necessary for setting the context for understanding the accademic, social, athletic and family life of todays students. It is clear Dr. Clark who has an extensive background in not only accademic research and teaching but also Young Life is a passionate advocate for students who believes in their abilities while never negating their brokeness and need for adult interaction. The special features of this book include updates on gaming culture, social networking and “kids at the margin” (Chapter 12). Interestingly enough the students in this group include not only the “vulnerable” but “privileged” kids as well. The insights in this chapter alone are worth the price of the book. The work ends with a call for five constructive action by adults including an important corrective to many current mentoring processes. If you are a pastor, youth worker, teacher or parent and have only time to read one more book in 2011 this is the book to read. Chap is the clearest thinking research based prophet speaking about the needs of wounded teenagers in our culture today and needs to be read, discussed, and applyed. Even if you read the previous edition you will not be disapointed in this update of what can only be called a modern classic for understanding the latent culture our 11-25 year olds live in just out of our vision and perseption.

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