04
Apr
16

Book review: It’s Not Too Late, The Essential Part You Play in Shaping Your Teen’s Faith

dupee.inddThis is one of those rare books that is able to teach and exhort the reader to do what is best, without browbeating him about his failures. I so appreciate books I can start with excited anticipation and finish with satisfied expectations, and It’s Not Too Late is one of the best I’ve read in a while. Dan Dupee speaks candidly, of both his own and others’ experiences with the faith journeys of teens and young adults, and he presents his information in a very readable and helpful manual.

This book is a compilation of Dupee’s findings from surveying 300 plus parents and their kids, through personal meetings and internet communications. He boils down his findings into a concise definition of success: The young Christian adult owns his or her faith in Jesus Christ, reflects it in priorities and decisions, and lives it in community with other believers, seeking to influence the watching world. And as he unpacks this, he consistently (and encouragingly) proves that parents are the most influential forces in their kids’ lives, no matter their age. He debunks social myths such as the irrelevance of parents and the inevitability of college kids to walk away from their faith, while providing practical approaches and do-able tips to parents to give their young kids a strong foundation, foster maturing relationships with their teens, and grace in times of going prodigal.

I so highly recommend this book-while reading it I used chapter 9 Christian Kids Can Thrive in College with a college student I am mentoring, and I am also excited to apply the truths within as our 4 daughters grow up.

I received a free copy of this book from Baker Books for review purposes. All statements are my own and I was not obligated to give a favorable review.

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