The Stranger in Your House  -     By: Gregory Jantz
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Learn how to become a source of peace for your turbulent teenager. As teens progress toward adulthood many changes are happening inside - physical and emotional. Changing hormones can affect behavior and depression can confuse and frustrate both teens and their parents. It's a complicated time. Dr. Jantz offers practical help from a Christian perspective for parents of teens as they navigate the murky waters of adolesence.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434766225
ISBN-13: 9781434766229

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Publisher's Description

Best-selling author Dr. Gregory L. Jantz offers hope and help for parents of teens.
Adolescence is a frightening and complicated time – for teens and parents. Keeping the roller coaster of the teen years on track takes work and wisdom. Many parents simply don’t know where to start. With Dr. Jantz’s help they can stop worrying about the turbulence of adolescence and take action. With included resources, reflection questions, and guidance from a Christian perspective, parents learn how to become a port in the storm for their teenager, discovering the God-designed future and promise that awaits.

Author Bio

Dr. Gregory L. Jantz is the author of numerous books, including Hope, Help, Healing for Eating Disorders, and Gotta Have It! He is the founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, a leading healthcare facility near Seattle specializing in whole-person care. Ann McMurray has worked with Dr. Jantz on many of his best-selling books. Learn more at

About the Book

The roller coaster of adolescence is so prevalent, so stereotypical in some ways, that it has developed into a sort of cultural shorthand. Just say the words "teen angst" to a group of parents of adolescents and heads will nod. It is a universal catch-phrase for anything from explosive anger to all-is-lost despair. Even kids who weather their teenage years with relative calm still undergo their seasons of adolescent squalls. With all of that swirling around in our heads, how can we know if our teen's season of discontent is just that or something more?

Depression has the ability to derail a teenager's progress toward healthy adulthood while confusing and frustrating parents. With years of experience, Dr. Jantz will answer the hard questions about the most critical season of your child's life:

  • Is this "just a phase," or is it clinical depression?
  • How do hormones affect my teen's behavior - and what can I do about it?
  • How can I get help when I see the warning signs of suicidal thoughts?
  • Why does my teenager seem to need me some days and hate me other days?
  • How can I be a source of peace in my child's life, especially when I feel stormy too?

The Stranger in Your House will help parents to push beyond the closed door that is adolescence and open the door to hope.

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  1. Petawawa
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent library resource book
    February 8, 2013
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for The Stranger in Your House - eBook.
    This is a comprehensive resource book that every Library should have. An easy to read, timely book about emotional issues adolescents , teens and their families are dealing with. Thought provoking and informative .
  2. Tampa, FLorida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Living much of this with a grandaughter
    February 1, 2013
    Bob M
    Tampa, FLorida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Stranger in Your House - eBook.
    I already have my son reading this. They are going through divorce and are all living with us at the present time. We have the divorce dynamic to also deal with but there are so many helps that we got out of this.
  3. Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Andweing Hard Questions Behind Teenage Depression
    January 10, 2012
    richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Best-selling author Dr. Gregory L. Jantz collaborates with Ann McMurray in "The Stranger in Your House. The book is designed to help parents of teen recognize, understand, and overcome teenage depression by looking at those frequently asked perplexing questions faced while raising adolescents during this emotionally stormy time.

    Jantz offers positive advice for developing action steps by suggesting resources, addressing reflective questions, and providing insightful guidance from a Christian viewpoint. He helps the reader recognize the difference between a typical teenage phase and the symptoms of clinical depression. He discusses the hormonal effect on a teen's behavior. He addresses the signs indicating thoughts of suicide.

    As a recognized best-selling author, and leader in health care Dr. Gregg Jantz has the creditability and background experience to validate his qualifications for authoring this work. His writing is articulate, authoritative, professional, well researched and documented.

    I highly recommend "The Stranger in Your House" to every parent of pre-teens and teenagers. The book should be included on reading lists for students in college and seminary counseling classes, and as a resource for professional and lay counselor. It can also be an excellent curriculum choice for church parenting classes.

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    any parents of teens would benefit
    December 2, 2011
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    You're the parent of an adolescent! You're heading into a challenging season of parenting. You need to stay in your teen's life and stay alert.

    Jantz has written this book for parents who sense something is wrong, who no longer recognize their teenager as the same child they raised, who realize the worsening relationship is not going to go away.

    Your child has entered a roller coaster time. Perhaps there is more to those ups and downs. Jantz helps parents understand what their teenager's behavior means, how to get them back on track, how to help them understand God's design for them, and how to identify if your teen needs professional help.

    Brain studies (fMRI), Jantz says, remind parents that teens are not "young adults." They are children still developing the ability to think and respond. (44) It is "unfair to apply adult standards of cognizance, reasoning, and maturity to teens..." (46) They are simply not there yet.

    Jantz helps parents understand mood swings. He notes that a shaky relationship with a teen is sometimes about the parent, not the teen.

    Jantz walks parents through the physical changes teens experience, including hormones. He identifies the developmental differences in girls and boys. He inspires parents to have their teens eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, take nutritional supplements, drink lots of water, and get plenty of rest. He tells parents what to look for (such as cutting), indicating the teen is having serious problems. Regarding alcohol: "Teens have underdeveloped off switches, which makes even casual alcohol consumption a recipe for real disaster." (141)

    He helps parents understand how to encourage their teen to faith.

    He ends his book with suggestions for powerful parenting (trust, forgiveness, prayer, etc.).

    Jantz has provided activities and self-evaluation questions at the end of each chapter. Readers can record their thoughts and use this section as a springboard for discussion and further action.

    This would be a great book to study in a parenting class. It could also be read profitably by parents on their own.

    This is a book not just about teens but about parents too. Every parent of an adolescent would benefit from reading this book.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C Cook for the purpose of this review
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