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Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex Paperback – October 1, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
"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.
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? While filters and software to monitor are great choices for parents to utilize, in the end, the throne of responsibility still falls upon mom and dad. And it's up to these two leaders of the family to set the bar, and be an interactive and "ask-able" parent.
So how to do this? That's what this book is all about. And their writing style is great for parents to follow along with. Frank and simple, each issue is addressed at the right time, and maturely so. This book isn't a pick and choose, or skipping, book. It's a beginning to end, prerequisite for parenting, book. So get on it...
Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.
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!
After reading this book, I skimmed through another book on the subject by another Christian author, but I did not pick up those same convictions from that author. However, that other book had a section on masturbation and on "Am I Gay", and I realized I would have liked to have read the McDowells' take on these issues. Anyway, overall, I highly recommend this book.