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Biblical wisdom for parents

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With honesty and humour, Ann shows how Proverbs can speak directly into real life, however messy, today.

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'Under that hoodie, behind that eye make-up, there frequently lurks a human being of immense charm, affection and wit.'

Ann Benton admits that, when her children were teenagers, she enjoyed 'the very best of parenting years'. Yet, from her experience and that of others, she is well aware of the frustrations, pitfalls and difficulties that parenting teens can bring.

The Bible book of Proverbs points to wisdom as the key to health, happiness and prosperity. The author points out that the job of parents is not first and foremost to make their teens successful, but to make them wise.

With honesty and humour, Ann shows how Proverbs can speak directly into real life, however messy, today.

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  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction: The survival handbook
  • Are teenagers a subject of their own?
  • Where should we look for advice?
  • The 'three Rs' of parenting teenagers
  • 2. The faith family and the faithless world
  • Our children and God's children
  • The distincitves of a Christian home
  • Secular child-rearing
  • The witness of a Christian family
  • 3. Fools, mockers and simpletons
  • Seven vulnerable areas for teenagers
  • Vulnerability and opportunity
  • What kind of fool?
  • 4. Routes to wisdom
  • Route 1: Observation and interpretation
  • Route 2: Instruction based on television
  • Route 3: Learning from mistakes
  • Route 4: The fear of the Lord
  • Four things a parent can do
  • 5. Meet the parents
  • Fear and her babies
  • Guilt and her babies
  • Why does it sometimes have to be so hard?
  • 6. Key strategies
  • Key strategy 1: Screen the messages
  • Key strategy 2: Strengthen the relationship
  • Key strategy 3: Spotlight the heart
  • Key strategy 4: Shape dependence on God
  • 7. When dream turns to nightmare
  • There doesn't have to be a reason
  • The smorgasbord of emotion - do you have a choice
  • Love's austere and lonely offices
  • Some temptations to handle
  • What about the future?
  • 8. More than survival
  • Affection
  • Stimulation
  • Education
  • Cooperation
  • Sanctification
  • Gratification
  • Succession
  • Appendix: For further reading


Contributors Ann Benton
ISBN 9781844743544
Format Paperback
First published February 2009
Dimensions 138mm x 216mm x 14mm
Print size 10pt
Language English
Pages 182
Publisher IVP
Customer reviews


“great guuide for parents with teenagers”

great to read a book based on an English view point, rather than American as other books are. Easy to read and understand and great questions at the end of each section for further thinking and exploration


“Excellent advise to parents.”

It is so lovely for someone to identify what the bible has to say about our children. It was helpful to have examples. I love Ann Benton's style. I would recommend it any day.

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