By Ken Castor
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
That might be one of the worst questions anyone could ever ask a teenager. Our society pushes them to grow up, to stand on their own two feet, to chase after meaningless pursuits. But what if there was a better way to grow, a better path to follow, a richer life to lead?
Grow Down is a teen discipleship book built around the idea that there is a better way to grow: by rooting yourself through a life centered in Jesus. Using Colossians 2:6-7 as a backdrop and a tree as a visual, this teen Christian book envisions a generation that chooses to be un-adulterated. That's the priority for author Ken Castor, who has worked with teenagers and young adults for more than 20 years. He ultimately wants to build youth ministry discipleship in readers of Grow Down.
Like a tree, a follower of Christ must root deeply into Jesus, find all nourishment to stand strongly through life in him, and then naturally impact others with fruit and shade, protection and life-breathing air. As teens grow down into Jesus, they'll draw up the resources they need to stand through any pressures, and then they'll overflow with an abundance of life that this grown-up world so desperately needs.