Get Down

Frank Peretti is best known as a novelist. His works include The Oath, The Visitation, and This Present Darkness. He was awarded the 1996 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction. Based on his own true story of pain, Frank Peretti wants to shed light on a common problem facing young people today which is loneliness and persecution. It is a wake up call for youth workers and adults to reach beyond the surface needs of a young person to the heart of his most private hurts.

As Peretti takes us on a journey through his developmental years, we can see all too clearly that we have been in the locker room and felt the shame of laughter at our expense. As adults we tend to forget the rough teenage years of our past. This book brings back a flood of memories. It also heightens our awareness to what our young people are facing today. We as Youth Ministers need to be sensitive to issue that our kids face. We may think they seem small but in their world it seems like a never ending torment. Our youth face similar problems on a daily basis and are vulnerable. We need to be willing listen to them and to take action if we need to. Gone are the days of “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. Words do hurt, and we can replay them over and over in our minds.

Wounded Spirit had opened my eyes to the way I approach Youth Ministry. Now when a young person has
a nasty attitude, I ask myself “What has this young person been through today? Is there something behind this attitude? ” I listen more attentively when they share their problems. This book has opened my eyes to world that I had forgotten. I pray that God will not let me forget my past bouts with humiliation and pain as a teenage so that I might be able to better minister to those who are hurting.

When we go through the valleys of life, it seems as if God is far away. I believe that is really just the
opposite. It is in the valley that we truly see how much God cares for us. In Psalm 23, we see that God is with us even in the valley of the shadow of death. In Hebrews 13:6, we see that God is our helper, and we should not fear. In our times of trouble, we look franticly for Him in the circumstances, but he is right behind us; pushing us on. That is why I am glad that the Bible states in Hebrews 13:5 that He will never leave or forsake us.
Below is a link to a song from the 1990s by Audio Adrenaline. It sums up what Christ does for us in our time of suffering and need. Take some time to listen to words and let the presence of God wash over you. Every time you are down the Lord lifts you up!!!

Audio Adrenaline: Get Down


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