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Takes a little effort to sift through but overall good information
on December 16, 2014
The book is very informative and the efforts placed in research are outstanding and much appreciated. I read it as preparation for myself. I have a very calm tween but I know eventually a change is going to come. I didn't find the book to have a smooth flow. I felt as if I were listening to a conversation where one party kept interrupting the other.
In addition, even as a religiously active person, I found some of their religious references to be overpowering. While my personal beliefs allow me to relate and generally agree, it seemed demeaning to someone completely without or even with a different religious background. The authors mentioned multiple times that many of the surveys didn't reveal a large gap based off of religiously active children and those who held no particular religious beliefs unless they attended "private Protestant Christian schools." If that's what they found then facts are facts but I felt it's best to be acknowledged and continue with the stance of neutrality.
It took a little effort to sift through but overall has good useful information. Due to that, patience is needed while reading to really be able to meditate on the application of the information based on your child's developing personality. I'm not sure it's helpful for someone in a desperate, immediate need for answers but it seems very beneficial for someone that works with teens or a parent getting advance guidance.