I review quite a few books now, and I usually try to stick to reviewing books that are of general interest, and are not affiliated with religion, or religious topics. I don’t really want to have my blog as a platform of discussing religion, beliefs, or non-beliefs. My blog is mostly centred around non-affiliated issues, except of course the fact that I love waffles, and so if you don’t like waffles, I really don’t know if you should be reading my blog any more. People who don’t like waffles are just odd in my opinion. Just kidding! Of course, nobody is odd or strange in any way, and everyone should be able to have their own point of view, belief or disbelief, religion or calling – whatever makes people happy and makes them feel better.
Anyway, the book I am about to review “What Teens Want You to Know but Won’t Tell You” is actually written with the thought in mind that the author Roy Petitfils is a man of faith, and there is quite a bit of discussion of faith in the book. The angle of the book, in many ways, is looking at how adolescents and youth are finding God and how it is best to talk to the youth, and be able to speak their language to relate to them, and get them interested in the Bible.
I haven’t read every word of the book, but I have looked through it, and I have to say that a lot of the issues discussed are very valid for any situation where you are dealing with youngsters, whether in a religious setting and discussing religion, or just on an everyday level where you are trying to understand the younger generation, and help them understand you better as well.
I can relate very much with the part about anger and disillusionment of teens with the society, with their peers, school and parents. Sometimes our kids show signs of disillusionment, and while this is not their permanent state, they do exhibit a lot of the signs that the author writes about, so it is helpful for me to read a book like this, and try to understand my teens, and see how I can relate to them better.
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