Rooted in Review- Highlights from 2019


As we round the corner into 2020, we wanted to highlight the blog content that was most engaged with by our readership far and wide. Maybe you missed one of these articles, or podcasts, or a conference audio recording. Whether you’re resting on the couch, or in the car again driving from your aunt’s house to your cousin’s house then back to your grandma’s house, take a minute to read and listen and be encouraged by the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Fifteen Most-Read Articles of 2019

15. Four Ways Our “Biblical Masculinity” Talks Need to Change

14. What It’s Like When the Kids Grow Up: A Conversation Between Two Moms

13. Resting in Him Because I Can’t Do It All

12. Singing the Gospel: Three Questions for Worship Song Selection

11. Fully Seen, Fully Known, and Fully Loved

10. 6 Ways to Disciple Your Kids to Pray

9. Why Are All the Kids Reading Dystopian? And How the Gospel Gives Us a Better Story to Tell

8. Leo Tolstoy and the Lie Our Students Believe 

7. The Gospel I Wish I’d Known in High School 

6. Hope Amidst College Admissions Insanity

5. Why Youth Ministries Should Foster More Male-Female Friendships

4. Jesus is King: What to Say to Teenagers About Kanye West’s Conversion

3. How the Bible Calls Dads to Father Their Daughters

2. Dear Parent of a High School Senior

1.Four Things Youth Workers Would Tell Parents About Teenagers, Social Media, and Technology

Charlotte’s Honorable Mentions

We Are Forky: The Unsurprising Brilliance of Toy Story 4

Four Ways Our “Biblical Femininity” Talks Need to Change

Gospel Inclusion for Isolated Teens

Teaching to Teenagers: Is God’s Word Your Foundation or a Buttress? 

Chelsea’s Honorable Mentions

Sharing the Gospel and Our Lives As Well

Discontented Youth Minister, Don’t Leave Too Soon

Rooted in Prayer: Praying with Paul for Our Students 

Anna’s Honorable Mentions

Nurturing the “Invisible” Child

The Legacy I Hope to Leave My Kids

Student Series: Holding Onto Faith in College

Most-Read Article Written by a Teenager:

Student Series: Pursuing God in a World Full of People to Please

Five Most-Listened-to Podcasts

Dave Thomas on Adolescent Anxiety

Ask Alice: Liked But Still Lonely, the Realities of iGen Relationships with Technology

Ask Alice: A Conversation with Dr. Stacey Gilbert on Teenagers Struggling with Anxiety and Depression

Rooted Podcast: How Do We Love and Disciple Boys Well?

Rooted Podcast: How Do We Love and Disciple Girls Well?

Three Most-Listened-to Conference Talks

Scott Sauls on Creating Belonging in an Age of Judgement, Isolation, and Fear

Nancy Guthrie on What Grieving People Wish You Knew About What Really Helps and What Really Hurts

Rebecca Heck on Building a Gospel-Centered Culture for Your Students

Top Instagram Posts

Grace for the First Year of Youth Ministry

Taking Refuge in the God We’ve Offended

Rooted 2019 Book Awards

2019 has been a good year for books, and we wanted to share some of our favorites here. 

Best New Youth Ministry Book: A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry by Mike McGarry (review here; Rooted author page here)

Best New Parenting Book: Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler (review here)

Best New Book for Moms: Sufficient Hope: Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Moms by Christina Fox (review here and Rooted article by the author here)

Best New Book for Dads: Between Us Guys by Joel Fitzpatrick (Rooted review here)

Best Gospel-Centered Practical Parenting Book: Mom, Dad, What’s Sex by Joel Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson (Rooted review here)

Best New Book for Teenagers by a Teen: Transformed by Truth by Katherine Forester (Rooted review here and Rooted article by the author here)

Best Book on Culture: Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It by David Zahl. (Rooted review here).

Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!


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