About a year ago we handed our graduating seniors a book - a book that I wrote for them that might act as a field guide for their futures. My hope was to not only write a book that they would actually read (which is no small task), but also one that they could refer to in the coming years. One that, when life got confusing or difficult, they could grab and be reminded of the truth that has had significant impact in their journeys.
Over the past year I have loved hearing from students across the nation. Marko, asked me to write this thing for The Youth Cartel about a year and a half ago and, initially, I was a bit hesitant. I had ideas about other writing projects, other burning ambitions, but the more I thought about our students graduating and students around the country, the more it all made sense. I really saw it as an opportunity to continue speaking into their lives.
But I was a bit nervous. I hate graduation books. I was given graduation books when I finished high school and I never read a single one. They sat in a pile in my room at home for years and eventually were donated or thrown out. So when Marko asked me to do it, I began to scheme and plan a little and asked myself, "What if I could write a fun, story driven, random, inspiring, yet intellectually challenging book that could be one of many things in their lives that continues to point them to the truth of Jesus?" Whew, that's a long question.
Six months later I finished The Amazing Next and a few months after that we were handing it to our students. The cool thing is, surprisingly, youth workers all over the country are giving it to their graduates. It has also led to a conference called, The Amazing Next Conference. Our prayer continues to be that students catch that the faith is a movement to belong to and that they play an incredibly important role!
Here are some write ups about the book:
The new go-to gift for the graduate is not a book of promises or a list of life hacks (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It’s a collection of stories, interviews, and journaling prompts woven together by veteran youth worker Brock Morgan to wake high school seniors up to the world of imagination and wonder—a life of faith lived to the full—that awaits them once the cap and gown have been put away.
So you’re a graduate. And a lot of people who love you are probably itching to tell you how to get this NEXT stage of your life right, maybe some of them are even hoping this book will do it for them. But there’s something you should know right now. This book is not a list of rules for spiritual growth; instructions on how to claim your best life now; or a formula for success.
Instead, this is a safe place to process your fears; read stories about freedom, imagination, and wonder; and consider a calling to live your life with the fullness God intended. Open it up, put your finger on a chapter (any chapter), and awaken the grace and hope you’ll need in the days ahead.
So go ahead, order the book for that Grad today!