Searching for Tom Sawyer

How Parents and Congregations Can Stop the Exodus of Boys from Church

by Tim Wright



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/12/2013

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 160
ISBN : 9781449786168
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9781449786205

About the Book

The Story of Boys—Lost in the Twenty-first Century:

  • 70% of all Ds and Fs go to boys
  • 85% of stimulant-addressing medications prescribed in the world are prescribed to US boys
  • Boys are falling behind girls in virtually every area of life
  • 70 -90% of boys will leave the church in their teens and early twenties

Searching for Tom Sawyer offers parents and church leaders a compelling vision and practical principles for how, together, they can change that storyline by forging boys into heroic men.

“More than 70% of the young men who are raised in church abandon it during their teens and twenties … Tim Wright examines the problem and offers real solutions to one of the greatest challenges facing the church today.”
—David Murrow, author of Why Men Hate Going to Church

“No one who cares for boys, and equally no one who cares for kids and families should miss Searching for Tom Sawyer.”
—Leonard Sweet, professor at Drew University and George Fox University

“Tim Wright’s diagnosis of why most of our congregations struggle to connect with guys is eye-opening and stunning … As the father of three boys, I wish I’d had this book years ago. As the pastor of a congregation, I’m glad I have it now.”
—Pastor Jeff Marian, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, Minnesota

About the Author

Tim Wright has been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1984. In 2005, he started Community of Grace in Peoria, Arizona. He’s authored five books and has trained pastors and church leaders throughout the US and around the world. Along with Michael Gurian, he co-created the rite of passage program: Following Jesus: A Heroic Quest for Boys. He and his wife, Jan, raised a daughter and a son. They are now happily investing their lives in their three grandchildren. Tim is hooked on British mysteries. He’s an avid sports fan, rooting for the Arizona Cardinals and the Adelaide Crows (Australian Rules Football) and loves riding his Trek 1500 (after his back told him to stop running).