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“This is a huge need! I am grateful for Walt’s wisdom.” -- John Ortberg

“I wish I could have all the parents of teenagers in our church read and contemplate even just the first chapter. The whole book is energizing and helpful.” -- Scott Rubin

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For many parents, raising children seems pretty manageable until the teenage years. Then fear, confusion, frustration, and lack of understanding begin to invade the hearts and minds of these once-confident parents. The 'normal' changes of adolescence seem to be nothing but abnormal to parents who begin to feel like helpless bystanders. But parents don't need to feel alone or paralyzed by these feelings. For nearly twenty years, Walt Mueller has studied adolescents and the culture they're surrounded by. His expertise was put to the test when his own children became teenagers. Now he's bringing wisdom from research and his own experience to help parents through the tumultuous years of adolescence. With empathy and practical tools, parents will address several important issues, including the questions: * How can I begin to facilitate a smoother adolescent period for my teen? * How can I begin to break through the walls of confusion, fear, frustration, and misunderstanding? * How can I be a positive and proactive bridgebuilder into the life and world of my teenager?
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Product Details

  • Series: Youth Specialties (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (May 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310287715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310287711
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. K. Brown on May 7, 2011
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There are many books out there with advice on parenting teenagers. This book has solid biblical based advice and is a quick read. I used it to lead a small group at my church and other members gave it high reviews. It was a great discussion starter and there are prepared discussion questions available on the author's website. I think this book is a good place to start or when you need a quick "refresher course" on how teenagers are wired. It will help you reflect on your life as a teenager, before you jump down your teen's throat about theirs.
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Humans are strange. We are the only part of God's creation made in his image, yet we are the most screwed up part of his Creation. And to be quite honest, there is nothing that seems more out of whack than a teenager. Yet it is just this jacked-up human species that Jesus Christ came to die for; not the chimps, not the whales, not even the temperature of the climate. Jesus came to redeem mankind from the mess that we are in by our own doing. It is just this message that those whacked out teenagers need to hear, and they need to experience it first through Mom and Dad.

Commenting on Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Mueller says, "God, in his perfect wisdom and plan, has chosen to do his work through the family. God began with a family in Genesis, and God continues to use the family as the primary area for bringing people to himself...God's 'how' for imparting these truths to our children is by a diligent commitment to teach and model wholehearted and single-minded devotion to God 24 hours a day. When God's truths become the central overriding interest and purpose in our lives, teaching them to our children will happen almost subconsciously."

As a youth pastor, there is nothing more valuable to me in my ministry than parents who not only care to see their kid "succeed," but also care about the message of Christ enough to see it become the theme and passion of their children's lives. In "The Space Between," Mueller mixes his deep understanding of the Scripture and how it dances in our lives with his 30-plus years of experience with youth and culture (see [...]) to send an equipping message to parents.
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This is a very thin book, and much of it is a rehash of things that are common knowledge or common sense. For parents seeking help with teens, not a lot here. Mueller does get a little better toward the end as he gets away from the science and becomes a bit more practical. Still, a book with "A Parent's Guide" in its subtitle should have more substance to offer than what is included here.
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This book pretty much covers what we learned in sex-ed in junior high, minus the sex part, and with God thrown in. If you are looking for help in guiding your teen through these years, don't look here. Teens are demanding and rude and smelly, sometimes acting adult and sometimes like children, but they will ultimately outgrow this. Nuf said? I guess so.
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Thoughtful book on today's youth culture.
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