- Tapa blanda: 202 páginas
- Editor: Harvest House Publ (1 de octubre de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0736949925
- ISBN-13: 978-0736949927
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Straight Talk with Your Kids about Sex (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 oct 2012
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In Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Josh and Dottie McDowell draw on their decades-long love and concern for youth. Building on the Why True Love Waits campaign and utilizing up-to-the-minute research from Joshs The Bare Facts resources, the McDowells provide a compact, easy-to-use guide to support parents in
- putting sex and sexuality in a biblical context of relationship to God
- gauging their childs emotional and spiritual readiness
- being alert to questions and opportunities
- being direct and open without violating their childs emotions
- proactively shaping their childs worldview in todays sex-saturated culture
Working from their own experience with four children, Josh and Dottie give readers encouragement and solid information in the sometimes-awkward process of guiding their child into a healthy understanding of Gods gift of sex.
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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 childrens 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.
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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.
There is a joke among Christians: If Jesus is the answer, then what is the question? This book begins with the question, namely, the horror-statistics reminiscent of Bill Bennett's "Index of Leading Cultural Indicators" So the book puts the Christian answer (i.e. Christ), in the context of present-day problems. That is the first difference.
The second difference is the ends to which the information is used, namely, staring a "Beyond Beliefs To Conviction Campaign." The book deigns to be a handbook for revival, or really, a restoration of the Christian faith that is under attack. McDowell's objective is to bring members of the various Christian denominations back to Christ and the Gospel.
"It is not that our kids are rejecting Christianity as they know it-they have simply been influenced to redefine it according to their cultural setting. They are putting together their own religious canon in a smörgåsbord style. They are led to believe it is better to pick and choose from various ideas, concepts of God, and religion around them until they construct a tailor-made "faith," one that's just right for them. They are being encouraged to piece their faith together themselves; that way it will be theirs personally, and it will offend no one." (10)
As an outsider to Protestantism, I am fascinated by the divisions within this branch (if you can call it that) of Christianity. It is a question that C. S. Lewis avoided in Mere Christianity, event though he answered it in his personal life. What are we to make of the evangelical and non-evangelical branches of Protestantism, the Megachurches, seeker-friendly models, U2charists, the fads and personalities, and so forth. This book seems to bridge the gap between the the old-school and new-school models. Which brings me to the last difference.
The third difference is the approach used in presenting the information. This book is a mixture of straight up text-book non-fiction, and emotionally engaging fiction, involving a group of young teens starting their own campaign.
This made for interesting reading, as I had to mentally switch gears. But it helped me to integrate the material. It is one thing to know a fact, but quite another to be able to cogently present the material to another person. So McDowell's approach was helpful. It is like comparing Plato to Aristotle: both can say the same thing. Aristotle will say it quicker, but Plato will present it in a memorable fashion. Think of C. S. Lewis's two Christological books: Mere Christianity, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia). There is a reason why we love the second fictional version.
This is all nice, but the real question is how effective is the book. I think the book is a good as it possibly could be. The real question is how well the principles are implemented. Another issue affecting effectiveness is that any individual would need a very tight support group--with interested parents, clergy, youth, and interested friends helping the campaign to get rolling. Unless this happens, it will always be "one of a city, and two of a family."
The last section is like watching an episode of the TRANSFORMERS Generation 1 (G1) : Complete DVD Box Set 15 Discs (98 Episodes+The movie): it is a not-too-subtle commercial for other products. Ahem!
The books tone is panicky at times:
* "In many ways, our young people today must endure a twenty-first-century Colosseum. They may not face literal lions, but they quite possibly encounter more ethical and moral temptations, greater spiritual battles and more intense emotional and relational struggles than any other generation in history." (4)
* "We may lose and entire generation." (295).
It begins with the normal shock-statistics that we all know and to which we all wince involuntarily. Whatever you think of McDowell or Christianity, you must admit that McDowell is driven, by the stick of postmodernism, and the carrot of Christ.