When I was invited to review (and host a give away of) Rescue: Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture by Candy Gibbs I was most intrigued. Cindy Gibbs is the Executive Director of the CareNet Pregnancy Centers in Amarillo, Texas and as someone assisting young people through potentially the most challenging months of their lives I felt her advice would be worthwhile.
Mrs Gibbs uses the analogy of a Coast Guard Rescue swimmer who is us, parents, who are trying to rescue our children from this tumultuous culture in which we live. We need flexibility, strength and endurance to battle for our children.
Each chapter is broken into; commentaries from the author which are a quick, digestible reads, the perspectives of young Christian adults past the turbulent teen years (Life Guards), tips on how to handle each of the areas addressed (Treading Tips) and Scripture on each issue (Life Preservers).
The chapters include; faith and identity, sex, technology, homosexuality, teenage pregnancies, communication and preparing for college. Obviously these are not all the issues we need to discuss with our teens, but it’s certainly some of ‘the big ones’. An easy read on deep topics.
One of the sentences that stayed with me was, “Abortion isn’t unforgivable, it’s just irreversible”. Mrs Gibbs wisdom is based in her work at the pregnancy center, ministering to post abortive women. This sentence just keeps reverberating in my heart, bringing me to prayer for so many in pain.
Our teens need us to be alert, our teens need us to engage in honest, open communication with them and this book gives a solid overview of issues to tackle and practical and supportive ways in which to parent our teens in today’s culture.
Would you like to win a copy of Rescue? Simply leave a comment on this post to enter.
This giveaway is open to Australian residents only and will close on January 21st.
*And the winner is…….. Sherelle!!