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Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children Paperback – January 1, 2005
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Everyday Talk is, according to the subtitle, a book about "Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children. With my children often asking about God and with my wife and I trusting that God will, in time, lead them to Himself, I was eager to receive guidance on how I can speak to them in spiritually meaningful ways.
While many books focus in on the few moments in life where you can make a deep and immediate impact on your children--those moments when they come to you broken and hurt and questioning life--this book focuses instead on the other moments. It focuses on the myriad moments and the millions of words that are doubtlessly among the primary influences on your children. As the author says, "The most powerful personal influence in your child's life is everyday talk." Reflecting on Deuteronomy 6 he writes, "Your everyday comments are the ones that teach your children most profoundly about your view of God. Your interaction with God in everyday, ordinary, non-church life is the most powerful tool of influence that you have with your children. It communicates what you really believe."
Younts discusses the importance of talking to children about God everyday and in every way, offering practical ways of doing that.Read more ›
We all experience everyday talk. The question then becomes what does our everyday talk display. Does our everyday talk display the truth about the glory and splendor of God or does our everyday talk convey lies to our children about who God is? Younts hopes that this book will encourage parents to consider their everyday talk and see it redeemed by the power of the gospel.
The book is consists of fourteen relatively short chapters. The chapters cover everything from how we talk about the gospel, to how we talk about sex and music. Some chapters are more practical and others are more theological. At the end of each chapter there are helpful application questions--thus making this an ideal book for a group of dads to get together and consider.
I appreciate what John Younts does in this book. It encouraged me to stop and consider the effect that even "casual" complaining about the rain would have on my children's view of God and the world. Certainly, this book helps parents to understand the heavy responsibility that God places upon parents. We are prime influencers in our children's lives--even if many influence their children more by their absence and disengagement than anything else. I appreciate that Younts raises the bar to the place that Scripture does.
I also appreciate the practicality of Younts book. He gives wonderful illustrations of how our everyday talk can actually undermine the gospel.Read more ›
Few would dispute that there are increasing problems with the youth in America today. The increasing crime and suicide rates, drug and alcohol problems, and teenage pregnancies are testimonials to the alienation from God and our fellow man that children are experiencing. As with every complex problem, the causes involved are varied and diverse. In dealing with such a pervasive and complex issue, these causes must be identified and fixed one at a time .
In his work, Younts selects the aspect of everyday interaction with our children and clearly defines, with both explanation and example, how this impacts our children. Further, he then, by instruction and example, outlines ways for correcting the situation. As opposed to a list of rules, he gives us guidelines appropriate to any given situation.
All who read this book will realize that following its precepts results in drawing closer to both God and man, and achieving the clear benefits derived from that. The instructions are outlined in a simple, clear and easy to understand manner. The precepts are not burdensome, but refreshing. This is not an ordinary, but an extraordinary volume; I would recommend it to anyone who interacts with youth in any capacity.
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This is what my mom did for me. Gave it to a friend that is a young mother. A blessing for sure!Published 1 month ago by dnosek
As someone without children myself, I find it somewhat inappropriate to give too warm a recommendation of books which seek to provide parenting advice, especially when the book is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nathan Albright
I appreciated both the fast moving chapters and the specific content in this book. The author uses many specifics through the book and I appreciate him not being to general. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Don Coldwell
Great book to make you think about how your everyday talk impacts your kids. Must read for all parents and expecting parents. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jason Davis
I used this book as a morning devotional, one chapter a day. I love that it includes a lot of scripture. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jennifer H.
great book with lots of info Christian parents will want to remember and utilize as children grow olderPublished 16 months ago by chelsea ann
One of my favorite sayings comes from something Mother Teresa said to her fellow nuns. She said, "Don't talk about Jesus. Be Jesus. Read morePublished 17 months ago by df
A good book about how to engage your children everyday in talking about God.Published 17 months ago by Russ
This book provides Biblical wisdom to parents and is a wonderful reminder of how a parent's attitude and talk to children and spouse should be. Read morePublished 20 months ago by lstinson