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It Was Never About Books: Conversations Between a Teen And Her Pastor [Paperback]

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Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2005
Publisher   Langmarc Publishing
ISBN  1880292971  
EAN  9781880292976  

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It Was Never About Books: Conversations Between a Teen And Her Pastor by J. Taylor Ludwig

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Powerful book about a Christian gentleman and troubled girl  Sep 9, 2006
These are the brief memoirs of Judi Hayes (now J. Taylor Ludwig)--a girl from a dysfunctional home. She is the fifth (and youngest) child of an alcoholic and abusive father. Between the ages of 13 and 16, Judi was employed by Rev. Dr. Ken Rogahn, the pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church and School in Saint Louis so that the many books in his office might be dusted, arranged, and re-arranged. As Judi would find out, the purpose of these years of employment is not so that Pastor Rogahn would have his books arranged in ridiculous fashions (e.g. arranged by color, arranged by size, etc.), but so that he could be a friend to Judi--mentoring her, giving her a positive adult male role model, and teaching her about her Christian faith (both the doctrine, and what faith looks like in action).

This is a brief, yet powerful 106 page book, divided into three sections ("Eighth Grade," "Ninth Grade," and "Tenth Grade"), with each section divided into 7-10 chapters of 2-6 pages each. Each chapter is an excerpt of summary of a conversation between Judi and Pastor Roghan. Some chapters contain brief epilogues about things like Judi's father's death in 2002 or her divorce and remarriage.

As previously mentioned, "It Was Never About the Books" is a powerfully written book. Both Judi and Pastor Roghan are three-dimensional characters who the reader quickly cares about. The topics of conversation are wide and range from the Lord's Supper to homosexuality; from borrowing and returning to a physical fight between Judi's father and brother. Taylor captures the teenage thought process and manner of speaking so accurately that I cannot help but picture some of the teenagers I've had the privilege of knowing during my years as a coach and teacher. She asks tough questions, she "gets it" at times, and is clueless at others. As this reviewer is a new pastor, Pastor Rogahn is a bit of an inspiration. He shows love as well as compassion, he shows wisdom as well as a willingness to learn, he shows empathy while he stands firm in his beliefs. This reader wishes the brief excerpts would have gone on further or that Judi wouldn't have quit, or that she would more fully flesh out her own spiritual development.

In all, this is a book that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. It's a simple book, but it is by no means simplistic. Although I read it in a couple of hours, I will return to it quite often. It is a forceful, yet easily-accessible book that deserves the widest readership. Highly recommended.
Delightful true story!  Jan 23, 2006

This book is a cross between "Tuesdays With Morrie" and "Father Joe." It is a memoir or narrative nonfiction about a young girl who is in an abusive environment at home and seeks comfort and saftey in her pastor's study.

The book is so well written and so easy to read. I liked the short chapters, each covering a different topic that the author discussed with Pastor Rogahn. Ms. Ludwig doesn't try to make herself look good and gets into some of the same scrapes and confronts many of the same dilemmas in the 1970's as teenagers do today.

If this book was not published by an unknown publisher and if it had a more appealing title, it would most likely be on the NYT best-seller list. The only disappointment was that the author only covers conversations from the first three years of her 12-year friendship with Pastor Rogahn. My only hope is that she'll write a sequel that picks up where this book leaves off.

If you liked "Tuesdays With Morrie," you'll love this book. It's honest, uplifting, and keeps you thinking long after you've turned the last page. And it's not just for teens. It's for anyone who enjoys a heartwarming story of friendship.
An Excellent Resource for Youth Leaders  Jan 10, 2006
This book is one that I wish every teen would read. The person who wrote it is one of their own, so she knows exactly what it's like to be them. Pastor Rogahn reached out to young Judi when she needed help the most, he gave her wise guidance in a non-threatening way, and she is now passing his wisdom on to the next generation. What a wonderful tribute to such a Godly man!
I loved this book!  Jan 9, 2006

I really loved this book! It seems like all the Christan books for kids my age are about obeying your parents and not going to far on a date and all that stuff. I learned alot from the paster and the auther without the book being so churchy or religous. This book was fun. I wish the auther would write another book continueing where this one leaves off.
Great book for teens  Nov 18, 2005
The reference to "books" in the title is a lead-in to topics of a more serious nature. The book is aimed at teenagers and the problems that may confront them.

The author, a teenager in the 1970s, came from a troubled home. In desperation, she reached out to her pastor for help. He was the Reverand Kenneth W. Rogahn of Messiah Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO. The story is about the many types of issues--guilt, forgiveness, gossip, parents, and others--that faced her as a teenager. It shows how a very compassionate pastor responded from a Christian perspective, with answers framed in a way that makes it easy for teenagers of today to apply them to their own challenges, stresses, and doubts.

This book should be of much interest to teenagers who are reluctant to seek counsel from their parents or to those whose parents have been of no help.

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