youth struggle with difficult questions of sexual identity. How can a
youth worker offer wise care and counsel on such a controversial and
confusing subject? Mark Yarhouse, director of the Institute for the
Study of Sexual Identity, equips youth ministers so they can faithfully
navigate the topic of sexual identity in a way that is honest,
compassionate, and accessible.
focus away from the culture wars, Yarhouse introduces readers to the
developmental considerations in the formation of sexual identity—all of
which occurs in the teen years. He offers practical and helpful ways to
think about homosexuality along with suggestions for talking with
people who experience same-sex attraction. He also helps parents and
youth volunteers learn to graciously respond to children and teens who
struggle with questions of sexual identity, and discusses how youth
ministry can become more relevant in the lives of youth who are
navigating these issues.