The Beautiful Disciplines: Helping Young People to Develop Their Spiritual Roots

by Martin Saunders. Monarch Books, 2011.

This youth curriculum has it all: it is inexpensive, simple to prepare, and versatile enough to use with sixth-grade boys as well as ninth-grade girls. British author, Saunders, offers a twelve week (or year-long… it’s versatile!) curriculum to help young people develop their spiritual roots. He is not concerned about whether youth remain simply church-goers or church-doers… too superficial. He wants them to experience the beauty and freedom of Christian life - one that is cultivated through the practice of the ancient spiritual disciplines: prayer, meditation, simplicity, celebration, to name a few. Written in simple, compelling language, the curriculum contains tips on how to adapt to all kinds of groups. It has lesson plans, activities, discussion questions, stories and clear presentation points. Available only as an e-book, this resource would work in evangelical, non-denominational, multi-ethnic or mainline Christian traditions. The only outside resource it requires is the Bible.