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What We Believe: Ellen White for Teens



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By Seth J. Pierce

ISBN: 9780816358281 | 288 pages | Pacific Press Publishing Association | Copyright 2015

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 “OK, so what do you know about Ellen White?”

The question was fairly innocuous—a simple query about a historical person posed to a group of teenagers in a Bible class. I stood at the front of the room, ready to write their responses on the smart board. What followed was a torrent of wild answers that scarcely seemed to be about the same person, or any person for that matter.

To my great delight, the students rewarded me with a biographical sketch that belonged in a game of Mad Libs:

“She hated bread.”

“Cheese is poison.”

“Stopped breathing during visions.”

“She was a bazillion years old.”

“Wrote a lot of books.”

“Didn’t like black pepper.”

“Didn’t like tea.”

“She was hit by a rock.” 

Seth Pierce does it again! In Ellen White for Teens, he takes a challenging topic and explores it with insight, wisdom, and humor—in a language that teens will understand. Topics include:

Did Ellen Ever Make Mistakes?

What’s the Difference Between Her Books and the Bible?

Are You Gonna Eat That?

Ellen and Us

Seth writes, “My prayer is that you will become a friend of Ellen’s. You may find her challenging, aggravating, beautiful, confusing, or inspiring—or all of these at the same time—but that’s true of anybody we have a close relationship with. Above all, I hope you hear a voice that will point you to Jesus. Her voice matters, and I hope you can begin to hear it in the pages of this book.”

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 “OK, so what do you know about Ellen White?”

The question was fairly innocuous—a simple query about a historical person posed to a group of teenagers in a Bible class. I stood at the front of the room, ready to write their responses on the smart board. What followed was a torrent of wild answers that scarcely seemed to be about the same person, or any person for that matter.

To my great delight, the students rewarded me with a biographical sketch that belonged in a game of Mad Libs:

“She hated bread.”

“Cheese is poison.”

“Stopped breathing during visions.”

“She was a bazillion years old.”

“Wrote a lot of books.”

“Didn’t like black pepper.”

“Didn’t like tea.”

“She was hit by a rock.” 

Seth Pierce does it again! In Ellen White for Teens, he takes a challenging topic and explores it with insight, wisdom, and humor—in a language that teens will understand. Topics include:

Did Ellen Ever Make Mistakes?

What’s the Difference Between Her Books and the Bible?

Are You Gonna Eat That?

Ellen and Us

Seth writes, “My prayer is that you will become a friend of Ellen’s. You may find her challenging, aggravating, beautiful, confusing, or inspiring—or all of these at the same time—but that’s true of anybody we have a close relationship with. Above all, I hope you hear a voice that will point you to Jesus. Her voice matters, and I hope you can begin to hear it in the pages of this book.”

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY:

Seth J. Pierce


Seth J. Pierce is the author of The Misadventures of Peter Paul Pappenfuss series, the best-selling What We Believe for Teens, and, most recently, Prophecies of Daniel for Teens, and Prophecies of Revelation for Teens. He enjoys making complex concepts accessible for readers. He lives in Washington State with his beautiful wife, Angela, and three lovely daughters, Maddie, Chloe, and Natalie. Seth enjoys speaking and writing, and would love to hear from you. Find him at www.sethjpierce.com.

 
REVIEWS:
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Lori

I have found a friend in Ellen White

I have found a friend, a kindred spirit in Ellen White. I have never before studied the life of Ellen White; however, I have enjoyed many of her writings. Seth Pierce's book takes Ellen off a pedestal that she would never have put herself on. She is presented as an everyday, real person, that was called to be a messenger. Seth speaks personally and intimately to his reader through experiential sharing. He is able to connect with his reader as if to a friend. The use of humor makes the stroll through historical facts a fun journey. I truly looked forward to his humor. Trust is reinforced in a loving God. Seth shares valuable relational advise as understood through Ellen's writings. The reader is encourage to question and think things through. He brings clarity to some difficult passages that in turn invites a suspicious reader to draw closer. My only frustration was that he didn't fill in more of the details, and answer my new questions. Instead, he encouraged me to do further study, offering suggestions as to where I might start to discover those details, and answers for myself. I recommend this book to those who have appreciated her writings, yet never felt warm and cozy toward her.
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Elle

A highly recommended addition to any Adventist library

If you have yet to discover Seth Pierce, I highly recommend his work. Where the topics of theology sometimes stand like daunting, mighty, medieval fortresses, barred with unapproachable, confusing, and polarizing terminology, Seth will meet you at the drawbridge, extend a hand, and invite you in by the fireside for story time… Pierce style (that is simultaneously both thoughtful and playful.)

‘What We Believe: Getting to know Ellen White for teens’ doesn’t disappoint; an enjoyable read and comprehensive overview of Ellen White. While the book is directed for teens, it could just as easily be called for everyman. It’s fun and approachable, but easily enjoyable for all ages.

I particularly enjoyed the way he fleshed out her childhood, as well as discussions regarding how she survived spiritual disappointment in her life. As with many historical figures, Ellen White frequently suffers from a two-dimensional representation. In Getting to know Ellen White we are able to meet a very real woman, someone we can relate to, and someone we can believe would relate to us.

Seth doesn’t shy away from controversial topics, including those we sometimes like to avoid in church. And for anyone finding their appetite whet, yet not satisfied, the book provides many useful notes and references to guide further studies.

This book is highly recommended for teens who are exploring Seventh-day Adventist history and who are seeking to learn about Ellen White’s life, and additionally makes an excellent addition to the Adventist household or school library.