I now have a teenager, and next year I will have 2! It won’t be long, in fact, until I’ll have 5 teenagers all at once!
So, when I was offered the opportunity to review Candy Gibb’s book Rescue: Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture, I felt like I could use a refresher course on what to expect from the teen years, as well as what the new issues are that I’ll be facing.
Rescue is a very helpful book for learning about parenting teenagers. The author Candy gives much wisdom herself. She is the mother of three children, but she is also the Executive Director of a major Crisis Pregnancy Center in Amarillo, TX called CareNet Pregnancy Center. She has an amazing story of redemption, the video of which can be found here. She deals with tough teen issues daily, so it was so good for me to read her advice on how to approach these tough topics.
But the book doesn’t just have words of advice from Candy. She has assembled a group of recently graduated teens –mostly college students– into a group she calls the Lifeguards. In each chapter she has each of them share from their own experiences. Wow- what an eye-opener. I’ve already been feeling lately that things truly are different for my kids that they were for me, and that there is a generation gap between us that I wish weren’t there. I know reading Rescue is going to help me with that.
Here are the chapters you’ll find in Rescue:
1- Your Family
3- Teens, Sex, and Society
5- My Teen is Struggling with Homosexuality
6- Pro-Life & Pro-Choice
9- Preparing Teens for College & Beyond
10- Building an Ark
The format of the book includes “Commentaries from Candy,” “Let’s Ask the Lifeguards,” “Treading Tips” (practical nuggets of wisdom that sumarize the lessons), and “Life Preservers” (relevant and encouraging Scripture).
You will find that Rescue is written from a biblical perspective. She encourages us to have our teens in church. But it is so much more practical and real that that.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“Teaching your teen to find value and identity in the Lord is more critical than teaching them to eat healthy and helping them get into the university of their choice. Remind your teenager of the Lord’s calling on their life.”
“A lack of identity is prevalent due in part to the influence of social media. . . Often times, when someone posts a selfie, it’s to get a response. . . ‘Do you think I’m beaufiful?’ or ‘How would you rate me?’ ”
“Prepare your teens for the ridicule they will likely face from their peers if they choose to remain sexually pure. Help them develop ways to deal with it.”
Rescue: Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture is completely filled with practical advice such as this. I’m so happy to have a copy of the book to give away!
Update: The winner is AmySD!
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Rescue in order to write this honest review. I also received one to give away. This post contains affiliate links.)