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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595554505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595554505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elayne Bennett serves as the founder and director of the Best Friends Foundation and is an avid spokeswoman on issues of adolescent behavior and development. She is the wife of William J. Bennett and the mother of two sons.

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All of that said, I don't think this is a terrible book.
Matthew Tilley
The Good This book reminded me of Unprotected by Grossman, and I was pleased to see that Bennett quotes her work extensively in Daughters in Danger.
Virginia M. Freeman
The books is a bit statistics based and could use a little more work on giving good solid practical advice.
S. E. Ussery

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Milk Donor Mama on February 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Daughters in Danger: Helping Our Girls Thrive in Today's Culture by Elayne Bennett explains the threats that girls face from today's culture. These threats include peer pressure, sexualization, body image, bullying, substance abuse, violence and more.

The book describes groups that are typically blamed for the problems that girls face and argues that it all begins and ends with the home environment. There is information about what mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, schools, colleges, peer groups and the rest of the community can do to put a stop to the moral threat against this generation of girls faces. There are real-life examples as well as examples from today's media about the grown-up issues that even young girls have to deal with.

While there is a lot of bible-quoting and the like, I feel like there is excellent advice even for those who are not religious but still want better for their daughters. It's not just a Christian thing to want your daughter to be treated well, to respect her own body, to make good and informed decisions and to consider her future in even the small decisions that she makes on a daily basis.

As the mom of two daughters, I can definitely appreciate the advice in this book. And I agree that the buck starts and stops at home. After all, a girl's most important role model is her own mother.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virginia M. Freeman on March 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Good

This book reminded me of Unprotected by Grossman, and I was pleased to see that Bennett quotes her work extensively in Daughters in Danger.

Like Unprotected, Daughter In Danger is painstakingly researched and extremely thorough. And just a quick warning – it is not pretty at times. The real life stories and examples Bennett references are at times gory, gritty and stomach twisting. But it is a shock of reality that parents need to grasp in order to understand what kind of a world and what kind of problems our little ones are going to face.

I feel that too many “empower your daughter” books and articles tend to water down the real perils of young womanhood. This book does not do that. The first half of the book is painting a broad and vivid picture of the world our daughters will inherit. The second half of the book addressed what we can do to change our environment, truly arm our girls for future temptations and troubles, and be wiser guardians or our girls and our community.

There is precise and practical information for mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, schools, colleges, peer groups and the rest of the community – all laid out individually, not lumped into generalities. All are practical steps to help put a stop to the moral threats this generation of girls face daily.

The Bad

My ONLY complaint with this book is that while Bennett goes into painstakingly thorough details concerning sex, STDs, peer pressure, emotional abuse, physical abuse, drug use, body image, bullying, alcohol consumption and myriad other pitfalls for young women – she only mentions abortion briefly and in passing.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Klopping on February 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Daughters in Danger, by Elayne Bennett, is purportedly about how we can protect our daughters from the threats of our culture.

There can be no doubt that the girls of today face serious obstacles to their health and well-being. When I picked this book up, I was hoping for a book that would address ways to help our daughters through these issues. However, the author tries to tackle too many issues. As a result, the book is disjointed and full of such generalized advice that it doesn't really add much about raising children that is not already widely known.

The first third of the book is full of cautionary tales and partisan rhetoric, despite the author's later claim that she does not see this as a political issue. There were a few red flags for me - beginning with the statement that "California... educators have all but banished the Boy Scouts from public facilities." As a California educator and a Boy Scout mother, I disagree with this, and it didn't set a good tone for the book. The author also makes a broad generalization about young adults based on a limited survey of high schoolers in her foundation. As an M.Ed. myself, this left me questioning the rest of her research.

The latter half of the book has some good advice, but it doesn't flow well because the author tries to cover too many topics. The good advice is interspersed far too often with more cautionary tales both from real life and from literature and movies. The advice is also over-simplified, giving few details that a parent who is truly struggling would find useful.

I appreciate the author's attempt, but there are better books that cover the topic of how to raise Christian children in today's world. Her writing style is good, and I'd love to see her write a book that doesn't try to cover quite so much ground.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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