Authors Josh McDowell and Erin Davis tackle some tough issues in The Bare Facts: 39 Questions Your Parents Hope You Never Ask About Sex, published by Moody Publishers. In this no-nonsense, honest, and biblical approach, McDowell and Erin answer some of teens' most common questions about purity, STDs, safe sex, and cohabitation.
Here's just a sampling of questions addressed in the book:
â€¢ Can sex affect my brain?
â€¢ Isn't it safe sex if we use a condom?
â€¢ Is there a relationship between premarital sex and mental health?
â€¢ Is it okay to have anal sex?
â€¢ Is it okay to have oral sex?
â€¢ Is sexting wrong?
â€¢ How far is too far?
In The Bare Facts, teens will discover honest answers supported by research, many even surprising answers. But they may not like the answers they find! McDowell and Davis show how science, psychology, and sociology actually support God's original design for marriage, sex, and the family. They also help teens identify a range of consequences for sex outside of God's original design, including depression, rejection, anger, insecurity, suicide, STDs and unplanned pregnancy.
While it's probably an unpopular view in today's culture, this is a much needed viewpoint. It's not only biblical, but it's grounded in sociological and psychological truths. Unfortunately, many parents fail to talk about these types of issues with their children, so this book definitely fills a niche. It's one my youth minister husband plans to buy and make available for teens to read and pass around to their friends. The Bare Facts is also a helpful resource for parents who do want to talk candidly with their kids about sex but may not be equipped to answer some these questions. Additionally, it may be a helpful book for youth workers and mentors who work with teens.
About the Authors
Josh McDowell - As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. In 1961 Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus.
Erin Davis - A popular speaker, author and blogger, Erin Davis has addressed women of all ages nationwide and is passionately committed to sharing God's Truth with others. She is the author of several books including Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves, True Princess: Embracing Humility in an All About Me World, The Bare Facts with Josh McDowell and Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood As a Sacred Role. Erin's quest for the perfect scoop of ice cream is never ending and her family is her constant source of entertainment.
* I received a copy of the book from Moody Publishers for this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Josh nails it again. With all the facts and statistics, shows how important it is to really know your stuff when it comes to sex. Its also quite alarming some of the things you learn in there about todays youth and the sex practices of today. We need to stop assuming what is going on and get informed. An thats excatly what Josh has done with this book.
Josh McDowell has been producing much needed books for a life time that speaks to the Hot Topics of the time. Once more he did not let his readers down and has given statics to match his findings. As a Lay Counselor that counsels adolescence I am able to suggest the purchase or give the book first to the parent and then allow the parent to chose the direction he/she wishes to go. The problem we face is not just outside the church but has the same need inside the churches in our community. It is time Christians handle the stinkin thinkin that is leading our adolescence down a destructive path. I highly suggest that Youth Pastors or Youth Leaders take a look and pray about leading much needed discussions on the complete book. Adolescence want to know the truth, tell them please. Donna BCBC
When I presented the book to my teenage daughter she told me she had just recently talked with a friend who raved about the book. She said she wondered how she could get a copy. When I gave it to her she was so thankful. Teens today want to know about sex from a reliable source and thats just what this book is. If you've got teens, especially those that read, give them a copy, you won't be sorry!