King’s professor Ethan Campbell publishes book
NEW YORK, July 28, 2008—Assistant Professor of English Ethan Campbell recently published a book, Teen Challenge: 50 Years of Miracles, chronicling the history of Teen Challenge, a Christian ministry that helps to rehabilitate addicts and alcoholics.
The book is a compilation of the program’s success stories from around the world. Campbell co-wrote it with Dave Batty, who currently serves as the Director of Operations for Global Teen Challenge. After receiving thousands of pictures and testimonials from recovered addicts, it took Campbell over a year to synthesize the entries into a 200-page coffee table book.
Teen Challenge was started by David Wilkerson in 1958 in New York City, and now has more than 1,000 centers around the world. The story of Teen Challenge’s beginning can be found in the popular book The Cross and the Switchblade, which chronicles Wilkerson’s first five years in New York City and his experience with then gang member, Nicky Cruz. The book was turned into a movie in 1970 with Pat Boone as Wilkerson and Erik Estrada as Cruz.
Campbell worked as a counselor at the original Teen Challenge center in Brooklyn, New York after graduating from Yale. While he has since become a professor and is working on his Ph.D., he still finds time to volunteer with the organization.
The book is available online at Teen Challenge’s website, www.teenchallengeusa.com. Click “store” at the top of the page to buy a copy today.
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