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Matthew and Justin sit down with Kristen Ivy for an incredible conversation. Her newest book is It’s Personal: Five Questions You Should Answer to Give Every Kid Hope (Orange Books, May 15, 2019) co-authored with Orange founder and CEO Reggie Joiner and Rev. Dr. Virginia Ward. In a world where kids are known by a number on a jersey, digits on a car pool tag, and random usernames, Ivy describes the need for more adults who will stop and take the time to know them personally. It’s Personal revisits the story of Zacchaeus and Jesus’ simple model for how to be personal.

It’s Personal centers around the five questions every leader working with kids should be able to answer: Do you know my name? Do you know what matters to me? Do you know where I live? Do you know what I have done? Do you know what I can do? Taking the time to answer these five questions for a kid or teenager could radically change someone’s faith — maybe even that of the adult leaders themselves.

Kristen Ivy is the executive director of messaging at Orange, a book and church curriculum publisher focused on family ministry, an environment where the church and family work together to influence the faith and character of the next generation. She is a prolific author, writing several ministry and parenting books. With an understanding and passion for influencing the next generation, she develops effective ministry curriculum for elementary, middle school and high school students.

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