4 Stars Out Of 5
good guidance and honest discussion
June 27, 2011
Isle of Lewis
This is not a salacious or a controversial title, but it is a necessary exploration of a topic which has not really been given enough attention in this type of depth before by a Christian-oriented publisher. Subtitled â€˜ what's really going on and how to talk about it', this is one of the finest books of its kind that I have seen. It does not shy away from real life topics like STDs, sext-ing or facebook friends and engages the reader in an informed debate about popular views on the way we bring up our teens.
This book is presented well for its target audience with lists, anecdotes and personal experiences all blended together as real guidance, a basis for honest discussion and a platform for 'telling it as it is'. This is a book that recognises that the world has changed a great deal in recent years and the equipping of teens with email, mobile phones and instant communication has opened up new worlds of opportunities. Media outlets bombard us with information and images that encourage teens to think of themselves as marketing targets and sexual objects.
Those of us who have teenagers, work with teens or have regular contact with them will have realised that there are a lot of opportunities for casual relationships to develop. This book does recognise young people's need to develop relationships that last. The advice is common sense and grounded and common arguments are debated openly and honestly.
The book will not really be an expose to many although there are several revelations that will come uneasily to people un-used to the teenage dating scene. It is a useful addition to any library and necessary reading for people wanting to know more about modern teenage life.
I've only one criticism - the front cover design gives out completely the wrong message. While most people will see this title in a Christian bookshop, the cover design may discourage rather than encourage a closer look.