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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736949925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736949927
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Josh McDowell has been reaching the spiritually skeptical for more than five decades. Since beginning ministry in 1961, Josh has spoken to more than 25 million people in 128 countries. He is the author or coauthor of 148 books, with over 51 million copies distributed worldwide, including Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Experience Your Bible, Evidence for the Historical Jesus, More Than a Carpenter (over 15 million copies printed in 85 languages), and The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books. Josh continues to travel throughout the United States and countries around the world, helping young people and adults strengthen their faith and understanding of Scripture. Josh will tell you that his family is his ministry. He and his wife, Dottie, have been married for over 40 years and have four children and numerous grandchildren.

Dottie McDowell has been married to Josh for over 40 years. She has written several children's books with her husband, and she and Josh are enjoying their four adult children and numerous grandchildren as he continues to travel worldwide in his ministry. Dottie and Josh live in Southern California.

More About the Author

A trailblazer for truth and relationships, Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and ground-breaking ministry for over five decades.

Josh shares the essentials of the Christian faith in everyday language so that youth, families, churches, leaders and individuals of all ages are prepared for the life of faith and the work of the ministry. This included leveraging resources based on years of experiences, new technologies and strategic partnerships.

Since 1961, Josh has delivered more than 26,000 talks to over 25,000,000 people in 125 countries. He is the author or co-author of 140 books, including More Than a Carpenter and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World Magazine as one of the top 40 books of the twentieth century. Josh's books are available in over 100 different languages.

Josh and his wife, Dottie, are quick to acknowledge that after their love for the Lord, family is their greatest joy and top priority. They have been married for 41 years and have four wonderful children and eight beloved grandchildren.

Josh McDowell Ministry is a division of Cru (the U.S. division of Campus Crusade for Christ International).

Please visit: www.josh.org

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One of the best parenting books I have read in a long time, I highly recommend it!
Cafe Lily Book Reviews
The book is easy to read, and has been broken down into sensible chapters that make it a breeze to find exactly what you are looking for on a given topic.
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Josh McDowell has a history of creating resources and writing books and bible studies that tackle tough and often sensitive subject matter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By christianfictionaddiction on October 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Josh & Dottie McDowell have written a thoroughly practical, accessible, and helpful book about talking to your kids, of all ages, about sex. The book is easy to read, and has been broken down into sensible chapters that make it a breeze to find exactly what you are looking for on a given topic. What I love is the underlying message communicated through this book - that sex is wonderful and was created by God to be great, but only within the boundaries laid out in God's word. The authors are very clear on how to help your children muddle through the confusing messages the world will give them about sex, and also how to safeguard themselves from the negative consequences of having sex outside of the safety of marriage, including exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, continual comparison to previous partners, unwanted pregnancies, etc. Parents will be given guidance on how to set up household rules around the use of internet and hand-held devices that can make access to porn all too easy, and the authors openly discuss issues like sexting, oral sex, and what age to talk about what aspect of sex with your children. In an age where kids have easier access to pornography than ever before, this book provides much-needed and timely advice indeed!

"Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex" is an absolutely valuable resource and one that I will be keeping close on my shelf as I guide my own children through all the different stages of development. If you are looking for guidance to help you parent your children through a sex-crazed culture, then plan on getting this book!

5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Harvest House, and First Wildcard blog tours, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cafe Lily Book Reviews on October 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Any parent raising a child in this day and age, will quickly realize they cannot avoid the topic of sex for very long. Gone are the days of blissful innocence. Our children and teenagers are bombarded, and we need to be diligent and on guard.

Wise parents will add this book to their library IMMEDIATELY, and begin talking with their children, instead of allowing the media and complete strangers to introduce sex to their kids.

This book tackles the hard issues head on, and the statistics are shocking. As an example, with the Internet and social media explosion, 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to Internet pornography before they turn 18. Parents can no longer afford to put their heads in the sand and hope for the best.

This isn't a book full of preachy "do's and don'ts" but rather a guide that provides excellent advice on everything from how to build a strong relationship with your child, how to start the conversations, monitoring actvities, and helping your child avoid the pitfalls and pressures in today's world.

One of the best parenting books I have read in a long time, I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Esterman on December 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book discusses not just how hard it is, but also how to talk to your kids about sex. What is sex? What does HaShem think of it compared to our culture? How does this apply today, to us? These are questions that the McDowells answer, teaching the value of marital sex and its context inside the marriage relationship. They also give tips for the conversation, hopefully to ease the awkwardness that may ensue, or even directly answer and address valid concerns your children may have.

The book also talks about what to expect. Who is the greatest influence on our youth today? Why should parents take the step in talking to their kids about sex? When is the appropriate time to have this conversation? How can I, as a parent, appropriately influence and monitor the lives of my children?

This book is not intended to alarm parents and scare them straight, but rather to appropriately educate them on the modern world of immoral sex. While parents can be extremely protective and insulate their children from secular schooling and non-supervised time, it does not eliminate what technology has accomplished - a world based off social media interaction. And these sites aren't Christian, but rather secular in nature, allowing anyone of any belief to impact others. The tool that lets people share their faith can also teach a kid corruption.

The truth, though, is that it's not about Twitter or Facebook. It's about the parents. While media influences our youth, we have dropped the ball as the greatest influencer, and the studies have shown that we still influence. But if we aren't actively influencing, then what is the message we are sending?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By adayriddle on October 26, 2012
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Josh McDowell has a history of creating resources and writing books and bible studies that tackle tough and often sensitive subject matter. His no-nonsense and straight forward manner makes this book just as good as all his other resources.

This book is well-layed out and would be a valuable resource for any parent who does not feel adequate in the area of having "the talk" with their child. All of us need to face up tot the fact that children are learning about things at younger and younger ages. The society we now live in is so sexually saturated that the best protection we can give our children is a biblical foundation and a biblical world view on ALL things - including sex. The more open and honest we are about this subject the less likely they will be to turn to the world for it's definitions of what is expected, normal, or wanted.

The easy to read book has been designed so parents can read through front to back or pick and choose different chapters or topics. This enables even the parent who feels least equipped to handle this task to be able to do it.

I recommend this resource to parents of early teens. This book was provided as a review copy from the publisher and First Wild Card Tours.
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