An inspired road map for teens, God’s Graffiti tells the stories of at-risk youth in the bible who overcome obstacles to become great leaders. Romal Tune also shares his own story of overcoming the barriers of growing up in a challenging environment. The book navigates a path forward for teenagers who need guidance during a crucial time in their development.
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God’s Graffiti was selected for the 2013 Gold Medal Illumination Award for the Self-Help/Recovery category. The Illumination Book Awards are designed to honor and bring increased recognition to the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview.
God’s Graffiti is a nominee for the 45th NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens.
God’s Graffiti is a finalist in the Young Adult-Nonfiction category in the Foreword Review Book of the Year Awards.
Foreword Reviews is the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd. Foreword’s awards are more than just a shiny sticker on the front of a book; they help connect the best indie books to readers eager to discover new stories written by previously unknown authors.
2014 Nautilus Awards “Better Books for a Better World” Silver Winner in Young Adult Non-Fiction (Grades 8 – 12).
Praise for God’s Graffiti
“Using profound examples from the Bible, Romal teaches that you are not alone in this world, as many others have travelled down similar paths. Read and apply its precepts and discover how much God loves you and how you can learn to love yourself.”
—Sean Covey, Author, Motivational Speaker, Senior Vice President of Innovation at Franklin Covey
“The need for creative multigenerational ministry guidance and instruction in the church is great. Romal Tune has answered the call with one of the most creative and engaging texts published this year.”
—Dr. Otis Moss III, Author and Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ
“God’s Graffiti calls you to look at the Bible and the pain of your past in new and creative ways to reveal the timeless truth that God’s love can lead you to the highest of heights in spite of the pain in your life or the pitfalls that seem to threaten your purpose.”
—Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Bishop, Tenth Episcopal District, AME Church
“God’s Graffiti brings the Scripture to life with the stories of biblical ‘at-risk’ youth. In his powerful, practical, and inspiring style of writing, Romal Tune shows how God’s love can and will reposition teens for greatness.”—Phil Jackson, Author of Hip Hop Church, Pastor, The House Covenant Church, www.thahouse.org
“In this book, Romal weaves his story in with the stories of some of the Bible’s wildest holy heroes. He reminds us that our God is a master of the impossible, a champion of the oppressed, and a whole lot bigger than our mistakes.”
—Shane Claiborne, Author, Activist, Recovering Sinner, www.thesimpleway.org
“In God’s Graffiti, young people can move beyond the media-fed illusions of perfection and myths of glamour and understand that God moves in the present, raw, reality of life.”
—David Ramos, Founder and Facilitator, Latino Leadership Circle
“God’s Graffiti will engage our youth with biblical ideas, personalities, and interpretations that will speak to their hearts.”
—Dr. Charles G. Adams, Pastor, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
“A wonderful resource to use for devotion or Bible study that is destined to become a classic in working with at-risk kids.”
—Dr. Felicia Howell LaBoy, Director, Center for Urban Ministry, United Theological Seminary
“Tupac Shakur would call Romal Tune a ‘rose out of concrete.’ The insightful imagery is one of overcoming impossibilities and bringing beauty to an ugly situation.”
—Frederick Douglass Haynes III, Senior Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church
“This book is filled with practical principles for young people—and the young at heart. Believe it!”
—Alton B. Pollard III, PhD, Dean and Professor of Religion and Culture, Howard University School of Divinity
“In his Graffiti, I believe a living, loving Jesus is speaking to a new generation of young Christians saying, ‘Follow me!’”
—William Willimon, Author, Bishop, United Methodist Church, and Professor, Duke Divinity School
“God’s Graffiti will tell you really important truths about life, God, and yourself. I highly recommend it.”
—Brian D. McLaren, Author, Speaker, Activist (brianmclaren.net)
“God’s Graffiti is an incredible book, and author Romal Tune reminds us that hope is present even in tough circumstances.”
—Leroy Barber, President, Mission Year
“This book is inspiring and engaging! It combines the Bible and life in a way that renews our hope and our vision. I loved it.”
—Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland — A Church Distributed
“Using his own life story as the context, Tune demonstrates that no matter how much we’ve messed up or what others might think of us, God always loves us and remains with us.”
—Daniel J. O’Connell, EdD, Principal, Verbum Dei High School, Watts, CA
“Tune captures the essence of multigenerational, cross-cultural, and interpersonal life lessons grounded in rich biblical stories. I highly recommend the book for Bible studies, book clubs, and personal devotions for persons of all ages.”
—Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown, Professor of Homiletics, Director of Black Church Studies, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
“In God’s Graffiti, Romal Tune doesn’t shy away from the dark side of Scripture’s most notorious characters, nor from the pressing challenges of urban life… and by doing so he puts skin on hope.”
—Dwight J. Friesen, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and Author, Thy Kingdom Connected
“To teens who are looking for a fresh voice and a wise heart, God’s Graffiti will mean the world … and more.”
—Christopher J. Devron, SJ, Founding President, Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, Chicago, IL
“In God’s Graffiti Romal relates stories of the struggles of biblical characters to these faced by ‘at-risk’ young people in America. Having faced most of those struggles himself, he brings a very personal touch to what he writes.”—Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus, Eastern University
“God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens offers a prophetic prescription for young people surrounded by challenging realities by facilitating a platform that empowers, engages, and enriches with the transformative power of faith in God.”
—Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Hispanic Evangelical Association
“Romal Tune reminds us in God’s Graffiti that we are not the artist; we are the canvas.”
—Rudy Rasmus, Author of Touch: Pressing Against the Wounds of a Broken World and Jesus Insurgency, and Pastor, St. John’s Church, Houston, TX
“God’s Graffiti will inspire and give hope to this generation to know that God can take your MESS and turn it into a MESSage amid any challenge or disadvantage.”
—Linwood Dillard, Pastor, Citadel Of Deliverance Church Of God In Christ, Memphis, TN, and Chairman, International AIM Convention COGIC
“God’s Graffiti is a must-read that I will definitely share and read repeatedly.”
—Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore Sr., President, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
“Tune introduces an authentic and non-pietistic Christian faith response to real-life challenges facing marginalized in- and at-risk youth.”
—Elna Boesak, South African Journalist, Producer, and Human Rights Advocate
“God’s Graffiti will not only change the way we read the Bible, it will change the way we see people caught in horrific situations—and how they can rise above it all.”
—Allan Boesak, Liberation Theologian and Antiapartheid Activist, and Visiting Professor, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN
“If implemented, the strategies provided in God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens will encourage, equip and empower not only this generation but generations yet unborn to fulfill their divine destiny.”
—Honorable Judge David Young, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Former Member of the Juvenile Law Committee, Baltimore, MD
“I recommend God’s Graffiti to clergy, organizers and especially young people who need evidence that God can do anything but fail!”
—Michael McBride, Pastor, The Way Christian Center, and Director, PICO Network—Lifelines to Healing Campaign, www.lifelinestohealing.org
“In God’s Graffit, Romal Tune offers timeless wisdom from Scripture and inspirational encouragement from his own life, which have the potential to change a teen’s life forever.”
—Margaret Feinberg, www.margaretfeinberg.com, Author of Wonderstruck
“Romal Tune was born to make a difference in young people’s lives. His own familial experiences as a child, the conflicts and the lessons learned all serve as a foundation and launching pad for what he was predestined to do. God’s Graffiti will help minister to youth in a fresh, new and exciting way.”
—Richard Smallwood, Grammy Nominated and Stellar Award Winning Gospel Artist
“Thank God for Romal Tune, who has written a gem of a book that will undoubtedly bless a generation of young hearts and minds. God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens is a timely treasure!”
—Shawn Dove, Campaign Manager, Open Society Foundations, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
“This is essential reading; yes, because it is inspiring, but even more because in real and practical terms Romal Tune helps young readers navigate the road toward hope, and the overcoming triumph of God’s love.”
—Dr. Derrick Harkins, Pastor of The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Washington D.C.