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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (February 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310669367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310669364
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

'Christian families today often find themselves stuck between two stories---their own family's story and God's story. It's like they're living two lives: their Christian life and their 'real world' life. The trick is figuring out how to get your family's story to line up with God's story in the world around us, helping you raise children who have the character, values, and mission that allows them to go out into the real world and live out a real faith. Real World Parents is a parenting book that helps you to be proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to raising Christian kids in a world that is filled with contradictions to a life of faith. Rather than trying to raise kids who are 'good Christians,' you'll find the tools to help you live out a faith that allows your children to see what it means to live as a Christian. As a result, your kids will learn about real faith by living it out with you. Culture expert and veteran youth pastor, Mark Matlock, will help you explore issues such as: * Helping your child make decisions * The importance of failure * Knowing God's story for your family * Changing the story your family is in * The pursuit of wisdom, and much more God has placed us here to interact with and represent him to the world by engaging with the culture---not retreating from it. Rather than trying to isolate your children from the world or draw lines that keep them from truly engaging in the world God calls us to help and heal, you can learn how to lead your family towards an integrated life where your story and God's story come together to make a difference in the world around you.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He’s the Executive director of Youth Specialties and founder of WisdomWorks Ministries and PlanetWisdom. He’s the author of several books including The Wisdom On series, Living a Life That Matters, Don’t Buy the Lie, and Raising Wise Children. Mark lives in Texas with his wife, Jade, and their two teenage children.


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Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for two decades. He's vice president of event content at Youth Specialties and founder of WisdomWorks Ministries and PlanetWisdom. He's the author of several books including The Wisdom On - series, Living a Life That Matters, and Don't Buy The Lie. Mark lives in Texas with his wife Jade and their two children.

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I highly recommend it to anyone who has a child in their life.
Stacey
"What we don't want to generate are well-behaved kids who mindlessly follow our directions without ever willfully owning the faith in Jesus that they see in us."
Jennifer C. Mcilwain
Each chapter has a few questions for digging deeper that would make this great for a Bible study for parenting/and or worldview.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacey VINE VOICE on March 13, 2010
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I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to Mark Matlock and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Real World Parents" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

Mark Matlock's "Real World Parents: Christian Parenting For Families Living In The Real World" may be small, but it's an engaging workbook about developing your faith at home. Families will benefit from the frank, open discussion of various topics. Nothing is taboo - sex, teen pregnancy, suicide, etc. Each chapter wraps up with several questions that the reader asks him (or her) self to further solidify the knowledge gained in the chapter. Technical data is provided in the form of graphical charts and tables, feeding statistics into the Biblical advice given by this extraordinary youth instructor.

This is a terrific book for parents or couples planning to be parents. Read together, the material will spark conversation about how to address certain issues that parents face. This book can also be used as a springboard to broach difficult or uncomfortable subjects with your children, themselves - especially teenagers. It would also be great for teachers and others who work with children. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a child in their life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer C. Mcilwain on June 2, 2010
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When I found out I was pregnant a little over 12 years ago with my oldest daughter, I immediately began devouring just about every parenting book I could get my hands on! I realized that this title of "mommy" was one of the most important roles I would ever fill. So, over the past 12 years, I have read my share of books seeking advice on how to be the best mom I could possibly be.

"Real World Parents" by Mark Matlock, the founder of Wisdom Works, a non-profit organization that seeks to help teenagers accelerate biblical wisdom in their lives, stands now as ONE OF THE BEST parenting books I have read in 12 years. In his own words, Mark says this about his book:

"This is not a book about taking your kids to church, saving them from the world, or producing good behavior. Many Christian parenting books focus on helping parents figure out how to raise well-behaved, well-mannered kids. The goal of parenting, in the long run, isn't for our kids to be known for how well behaved they are, but for how well they know and respond to God."

You won't find "formulas" or "methods" in this book. What you will find is the challenge and encouragement as a parent to make sure YOU are living and walking according to God's story and not the world's story. He also stresses the importance of engaging your children in "worldview-shaping conversations" where as a mom and dad you communicate God's worldview to your children. More importantly, as you read this book you are challenged to examine what story you are telling your children, both intentionally and in the way we live with and for God over time.

I really liked the "conversational" feel of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 16, 2010
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Not everything is picturebook simple. "Real World Parents: Christian Parenting for Families Living in the Real World" is a guide for parents who want to cope with the challenges of life but still remain good Christians themselves while raising their children to be the same. With plenty of thought and wisdom from expert Mark Matlock, "Real World Parents' is a treasure trove of knowledge that shouldn't be passed up.
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Author Mark Matlock has been working with youth and their families for two decades. The vice president of event content at Youth Specialties and the founder of WisdomWorks Ministries and PlanetWisdom, Matlock comes well qualified to write on issues pertaining to parenting and sharing matters of faith with the next generation. He opens this winsome text with a story from his own childhood. His father would make an earnest attempt at leading daily devotionals with him and his three brothers every four or five months. Warmly, he tells of his deep love and respect for his father, but somehow, this typical "daily devotional model" didn't fit for his family. So begins the premise for this book on equipping moms and dads of faith to effectively pass on their beliefs in real ways.

Matlock shares that what mattered most in his childhood home was that he watched his parents live out their faith day by day: "We were convinced of the worldview contained in the pages of Scripture because we saw our parents openly endorsing it, talking about it, learning from it, and living it out day after day, year after year. That was enough for us --- despite the failed attempts at family devotions." Interestingly, Matlock also shares what readers won't find in this book: tips, tricks or techniques to fix children's bad behavior. He explains that while this type of self-help resource might make parents feel better for a while because they are actively doing something, it does nothing to address the core issues that lie beneath the surface of outward behaviors.

In a visual model, Matlock goes on to relate children's inner ideologies as similar to icebergs. What you see above the surface (behaviors) is likely only about 20 percent of what's really there.
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