Storytelling is perhaps the earliest and most effective way that teaching and learning is
engaged. It requires the teller to be articulate and speak in a language that the receiver will
understand and absorb, and also requires that the teller make the story interesting so it
matters to the hearer.
As Jeff Reich takes us on a journey into the lives of Emily and Parker, we become imbedded
in their triumphs and struggles; not just as observers, but as participants in the fabric of what
it is to be a teenager in the 21st century. The language is real, the environment is real, the
development of these individuals is real; and they combine in a multitude of situations that are
faced by teens daily.
If you are a teen, you will recognize yourself and some of your challenges as well as those of
your friends. These stories will give you the opportunity to think about how you might handle
what is happening. If you are a teen leader, the stories will open avenues of conversation
between and among those in your care.
As a life-long educator, I care deeply about the ways in which learning takes place. I believe that
you will find an outstanding vehicle for discussion and life-lessons in this book. Be prepared to
laugh until you hurt from the effort, and to cry as you empathize and recognize yourself and
Diane C. Bechtold, Ed. D.
As a youth minister, “ROFL w/ Jesus” is one of the best tools I’ve seen available! Jeff Reich makes
ministry real in this book as we follow two teenagers (Emily and Parker) and their journey in
developing their faith in situations that actually happen to teens every day. Jeff has a unique way
of storytelling that allows everyone to find themselves in a character or situation found in this book.
You will see yourself struggling with the same issues of faith and life that the characters in this book
are struggling with. Your teens are sure to connect with the situations presented in this book and
even more exciting will be seeing them grow in discipleship with Emily and Parker as they all
participate in a communal faith journey with Jesus’ grace at the center of it all!
Jeff’s heart has always pumped for youth and youth ministry… He has poured
countless hours into listening to their struggles and teaching Jesus to their contexts.
The powerful fruit of these conversations, deep listening, and ongoing learning is
built into the pages that follow…What follows will have you rolling on the floor
laughing, and at times, weeping with the very tangible ways God works through the
lives of these two teens. And whether you happen to be a teenager or not, don’t be too
surprised if you find yourself in these pages as well. ROFL w/ Jesus is about the real
struggles of the human condition, in light of the very real and powerful truth of
God’s GRACE known in Jesus. In light of God’s grace, always discover this one
truth: there is a place in God for all of us.
Rev. Dr. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold
Jeff Reich, has been an important part of my life and ministry for the past five years.
He has a strong passion for students, and passing on to them a living faith. Each weekend,
he keeps them tuned in, and struggling with how to live with all of the shades of gray in
their lives, by telling stories that keep them talking, and, more importantly, thinking
through how they will live their lives in response to the love and grace of God. The most
important thing that he teaches, is that there are not simple, predetermined answers to
many of the decisions we all need to make as we live our lives as people of faith. And, he
teaches, that Jesus calls us to be disciples and partners with him in our personal ministry
in the world, no matter or age, or where our lives take us. I encourage you to experience
today’s stories in this wonderful book, as Jeff tells them, and see how your students
struggle with what it means to be faith and follow!
Rev. Ron R Lee
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