John's books

John's new book:

Street Smart : Practical Skills for Connecting with Young People

Why is there such a distance between the churches and the young people living around them? How can Christians engage with young people? How can they build relationships? How can they plan and develop their youth ministry? What practical skills do they need?

Chapter headings: include: First things first; Go where they are; Making connections; Outreach strategy; Working together; Being professional; Handling aggression; Long term discipleship.

For years John worked on Manchester's broken down estates, frequently dealing with aggressive, often drugged or drunk teenagers, and has learned the hard way how to diffuse tension, establish contact quickly, maintain boundaries, and also how to develop relationships over time and establish mutual respect.

Published by Monarch Books


The story of a man who found hope - and took it to the streets

''If Jesus were here today he'd be in the bars and on the streets with the homeless, the drinkers, the drug addicts and the prostitutes. People were always telling him that he shouldn't be mixing with those awful people. I was an awful person too, but Jesus found me, and he did it through the people who reached out to me. They didn't preach at me, but they fed me, and one young man put his arm round me - how many people would do that to a dirty, smelly, homeless person? I want to do that for other people, showing them the love of God...''

"Nobody's Child" described John Robinson's journey from brutal foster homes, through borstal, prison and life on the streets, to his discovery of the transforming love of Christ.

"Somebody's Child" continues John's story. The Bus Ministry operates in tough, often volatile areas, and the volunteers rely on skill, teamwork and prayer support. John tells dramatic, profoundly moving stories of damaged young people who discover the life-changing power of Christ's love. John and his wife Gillian, a Church of England minister, juggle the demands of family life, their calling from God, supporting each other and caring for their two daughters.

''Everybody is Somebody's Child, and that Somebody is God.''

John’s books Nobody’s Child and Somebody’s Child can be ordered from