More Than Just the Talk: Becoming Your Kids' Go-To Person About Sex  -     By: Jonathan McKee
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It's normal for kids to be curious about sex and it's important for parents to be able to walk alongside them and be their primary go-to source for information. In More Than Just The Talk, Jonathan McKee, an expert on youth cuture, shows parents how to move beyond the initial awkwardness of the subject and and develop an ongoing path of communication about God's amazing gift of sex.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 076421294X
ISBN-13: 9780764212949

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Have Real Conversations With Your Kids About Sex

The old ways of having the "sex talk" just won't cut it anymore. Sadly, the number one place today's young people go to for answers about sex is Google. Meanwhile, kids view nearly 14,000 sexual references a year on television, and 70 percent of teenagers have encountered pornography on the Internet. If we want our children to know the truth about healthy sexuality, we need to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations.

Jonathan McKee will show you how to move beyond the initial awkwardness of this subject into an ongoing communication with your kids about God's amazing gift of sex. He equips you with what you need to talk openly about dating, temptation, porn, and purity, and you will find answers to tough questions and relevant Scripture on sexual issues.

It's normal for kids to be curious about sexuality, and they need to know that their parents are the most reliable source of information. Be the one your kids turn to on this crucial topic.

"In a world full of explicit lies, today's kids need parents who aren't afraid to tell them the explicit truth. This book provides parents with the tools they need to have these candid and continual conversations."--Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of Have a Happy Family by Friday

"Jonathan McKee is one of America's premier youth specialists, and this book will help you navigate the rough waters of teaching your kids healthy sexuality."--Jim Burns, PhD, president, HomeWord and author

"Parents, take a deep breath. This book pulls no punches. But it will give you exactly what you need to walk alongside your kids at this time when they most need it."--Shaunti Feldhahn, social researcher, speaker, and bestselling author

"A thorough, straightforward, and engaging resource that will both equip and inform a parent for effective, culturally relevant, and God-honoring conversations about sexuality and all its implications. It is a critical read in critical times."--Brian Berry, generation ministries pastor, Journey Community Church, La Mesa, California; and author

"SO many parents I know don't feel equipped to talk to their kids about sex. This book helps you overcome the (guaranteed) awkwardness of conversations like that, and provides both tools AND motivation. I wish every parent would read it."--Scott Rubin, director of middle school ministry, Willow Creek Community Church

"Jonathan McKee provides clarity and practical knowledge so that you and I can do more than just give a nervous 'talk' to our kids; we can be loving and consistent parents for them as well."--Terry Linhart, PhD, educator, author, Bethel College--Indiana

"Kids need parents who are educated, aware, and relevant when it comes to sex. Thankfully, Jonathan McKee gives us powerful, poignant, and practical tools to help us win in this delicate and scary parenting arena."--Doug Fields, co-founder of, youth pastor for thirty years at Saddleback & Mariners Church, speaker, and author

"McKee is a frontline youth worker with current and regular interactions with Christian teenagers wrestling with the intersection of their faith and their sexuality. Never condescending, Jon brings his writing style to a subject I wish more parents were talking about with their teens."--Mark Oestreicher, partner, The Youth Cartel and author

"Jonathan McKee's book helps us to remember that 'the talk' is a myth at best, and a terrible strategy at worst. A lifestyle of preparation, a strategic series of discussions, and a proactive commitment to conversation is what our kids need, and this book will help any parent to walk with their kids in confidence."--Chap Clark, professor of youth, family, and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

Author Bio

Jonathan McKee is an expert on youth with more than twenty years of youth-ministry experience and three teens of his own. In addition to running his popular parenting and youth-ministry websites, he has written over a dozen books and speaks each year at more than thirty conferences and parenting workshops around the world. Jonathan and his wife, Lori, and their children live near Sacramento, California. Learn more at

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  1. Houston, Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great resource for parents
    May 13, 2015
    Houston, Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 0
    More Thank Just the Talk by Jonathan McKee is a great book to encourage parents to talk about tough sexual topics with their children. He gives examples of questions, Biblical advice, and gives suggestions to help parents through this tough time.

    My favorite quote of the book was in answer to the "How far is too far?" question. His answer is don't do anything that you wouldn't do in front of your grandma. Thinking about my own parents and my children, I would say that is pretty sound advice, and something that I wish someone had said to me. Jonathan's down to earth advice is very helpful in encouraging parents in today's media-friendly world in which kids are simply exposed to things in a way that we weren't when we were kids.

    I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany Publishing House in exchange for my honest review. I recommend this book.
  2. Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Welcomed tools for us as parents!
    April 20, 2015
    S Scales
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a great and needed book!! It was well written and easy to read not due to the subject matter, but I guess you could say in spite of the subject matter. Jonathan McKees humor was just the right amount to lighten the mood of the reader (no defeatist attitude here!) while not making lessing the importance of such this issue. This book was both eye-opening and encouraging. He has a chapter specifically written towards helping our daughters and another for our sons. His How Far? chapter has a perfect example involving a toothbrush and a toilet!! (Youll have to check that out!!) He also helps readers as parents and leaders who are guiding kids as they understand and stay away from issues like porn and masturbation. His Tough Questions chapter is a good resources to address specific questions he has heard from kids and parents.

    Continuing conversations, asking questions, and building relationships are huge parts of becoming your kids go-to person about sex! His tips for keeping conversations open are

    Dont Overreact

    Dont Make Sex Naughty

    Keep Your Eyes Open for Natural Springboards

    Ask, ListenRepeat

    My husband and I want to help our kids in the areas of purity. We want them to guard their hearts and their eyes as they grow and mature. We want them to look forward to experiencing God wonderful gift of sex in marriage!!

    Resources like this book are welcomed tools for us as parents!

    I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.
  3. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Getting Explicit
    April 6, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of the rites of passage in our family of four boys has been the one-on-one camp out with Dad. Around the age of ten or eleven, before they were interested in girls, before their bodies started to take on a mind of their own, my good husband took them away for a weekend of canoeing and hotdogs; tenting and smores; swimming and The Talk. He had all kinds of resources to serve as a broad outline, but the main reason why the whole experience was not bathed in awkwardness is that he has had an open-door policy for that kind of question ever since he was changing their diapers. Obviously, I have been involved in our boys sex-education as well I was with them 24/7 when they were all young. But their dad has been their go-to guy, and hes happy about that. If More Than Just the Talk by Jonathan McKee had been written a few years earlier, he would have read it and used it, because the author candidly addresses topics that might not occur to the average middle-aged parent. He would rather run the risk of offending his reader with startling truth than to allow them to be blind-sided by real life after its too late.

    Running through the book is the all-important Deuteronomy principle that you dont just sit down and discuss plumbing and mechanics with your children when they hit puberty and consider that your work is done. Our children receive inaccurate and damaging information about sex from entertainment media and technology McKee calls them The Pseudo Parent. Kids get this information about dating, sex, and friendships a little here, a little there, when they are sitting in their house, when they are walking by the way. . . Anyone hearing an allusion to Deuteronomy? This is the premise of More Than Just the Talk: if you want to be the one who shapes your childs bedrock beliefs about sex, you have to be available for explicit day-to-day conversations about issues you might prefer not to acknowledge, at times of the day (or night) when youd rather be doing something else like sleeping. The Pseudo Parent is explicit (think about song lyrics for a minute), so the REAL parent has to avoid the trap of using irrelevant words from a different era in conversations about sex.

    Speaking frankly from his own regrets, McKee shares personal experiences that have shaped the way he deals with questions in his present-day ministry with teens. Most of the questions he has heard from teens over the years about the rightness or wrongness of specific behaviors boil down to one clear answer: Lusting is wrong. Based on this biblical truth (Matthew 5:27-29), McKee encourages believers to flee sexual sin in all its forms and provides some very specific and practical conversational guidelines for teaching our sons and our daughters what it looks like to pursue righteousness, for this truly is the path, more than just the avoidance of sin, which leads to life and freedom.

    More Than Just the Talk is based in reality, and parents may gulp at the startling statistics around sexual activity, use of pornography, and the prevalence of STDs. However, they are offered with hope that readers will take on their kids unanswered questions about sex with explicit information that is offered like a calm voice of hope in their childs ear saying, Sex is good. Its a gift from God. You can talk to me about anything.

    Disclosure: This book was provided by Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.
  4. TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Every parent should read this
    April 3, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Parents use to be able to have "the talk" with their children and leave it at that. But today our children are constantly coming in contact with sex in some aspect or another. With phones, internet, and television being so accessible we, as parents, need to be super vigilant about what our children are coming in contact with. And this means knowing the dangers and being comfortable talking to our kids about them.

    This author really knew his stuff. He presented facts and statistics in an easy to read and digest manner. The information is often difficult to read, but he did a great job of making it relevant and applicable. I liked how he seemed to touch on every subject a parent might come up against and then gave practical ways to deal with it. His focus was from a Christian stand point and was well rounded and straight forward. This book is about sex, so be prepared. But it is definitely a book that all parents should be reading.

    I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
  5. London, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Such an important book!
    April 1, 2015
    London, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you have kids or are thinking of having kids or ever interact with kids, read this book - especially if said kids are between the ages of 7 and 19.

    "More Than Just the Talk" by Jonathan McKee is a frank book about talking to your kids about sex. Not going to lie, it really got into the nitty gritty. It talked about how to deal with masturbation, pornography addiction, and so much more. It was a real eye opener to realize how much kids know years before you think they might and how dreadful the latest TV shows and videos are in terms of damaging lies being fed to the next generation about sexual purity.

    One thing I loved about this book was that instead of just trying to scare you with nightmarish statistics that might tempt you to move to the jungle, the author gives great suggestions on how to deal with every obstacle along the way. These are GREAT suggestions! Very practical and, in my humble opinion, very wise to boot.

    Unfortunately, before reading this book, I would have fallen into the it'll-all-work-out-because-my-kids-don't-know-that-kind-of-stuff-yet type of parent. I couldn't have been more wrong. The beauty of reading this book while sitting in the living room was that it gave me the perfect excuse to ask my kids all kinds of questions and their answers blew my ignorance right out of the water. But, I'm so thankful that "More Than Just the Talk" came into our life when it did because since then, I've noticed that, at least some of, my kids really want to talk about a number of sex centered topics and when they saw that I wasn't afraid of this topic, it was like a flood gate opened and suddenly anything was fair game - which is great.

    It also made me more proactive in helping my kids keep their minds pure. No internet while you're by yourself. No being alone with someone of the opposite gender. Nothing that leads to lust. I love how it's stated in the book. "Don't start the launch sequence." In other words, don't do anything that gets the sexual engine running outside of marriage. Very wise.

    This isn't just another parenting book. This one is a must. I 100% believe I'm a better parent moving forward because I read this book. You should too!

    BTW, I got a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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