Teen Angst = Jesus Follower?

Eugene Peterson—

…[a teenager’s] doubt and questioning and rebellion is evidence that something deeply significant is taking place in the personality of their offspring. Their teenagers are wondering what it is going to be like to maintain adult relationships with God. They are making the preparatory moves in coming to their own adult, personal faith in Christ. It should be counted as a good time (if not a smooth time) because the parents can now share the struggles and achievements of their own Christian faith with these emerging persons.

Resistance to the church is not the first step to atheism — it is more likely to be a natural development in discipleship.

—-Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up With Your Teenager, p. 27 (Emphases mine. Reformatted for readability)