Ed Douglas Publications has put together a great book for tweens and teens to discuss with their parents. Called 25 Truths ($12.50), Mr. Douglas has captured the essence of living out a Christian life in attitudes and principles that I know my husband and I pray to see in our children.
Who is Ed Douglas? Mr. Douglas is a retired businessman who has successfully led seminars helping people with their personal finances. Having accepted Christ as a young man, Mr. Douglas became aware of some life principles he had been following and had led to success. Over the years he shared them with a high school tennis team he coached as well as his own children and grandchildren. You can read more about Ed Douglas at his 25 Truths website.
What I received for this review. This is a small 5 x 7 or so sized book with 149 pages. Each truth is a short essay, maybe 3-4 pages with questions afterwards for discussion. I think you’ll see the Biblical principles woven throughout the truths:
Protect Your Reputation
Don't be Lewd, Crude or Rude
Watch What You Say, Do and Write
Be Slow to Judge
Tell the Truth
Don't Talk Negatively About Others
Don't Hate - Instead, Forgive
Be Quick to Apologize
Remember, Little Things can Make a Big Difference
Utilize Compound Interest: The Eighth Wonder of the World
Take it One Step at a Time
Learn What Brings True Happiness
Make Every Day Your Best Day
See the Glass as Half Full
Practice- It Makes Perfect
Play to Win
Set Goals and Write them Down
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Make a Difference in the World
Get as Much Education as Possible
Give and it will Come Back to You
You've Gotta Believe
Commit to Love One Person Forever
Spend Time with Your Family
Plus One: All You Need is Love
You’ll notice there are actually 26 truths – the “Plus One” explains that through Jesus’ unconditional love and sacrifice, we can achieve much:
How We Used This: What a great little book this is! I handed this book off to an enthusiastic Ben, who eagerly read through it during the review period. Then, we would discuss some of his favorite Truths.
After each essay, a general ‘warm up’ question is asked: “Do you think this is an important truth? Why or Why not?” The remaining questions – usually just four or five – are meant to get the student thinking about themselves, others around them, and consequences of actions and beliefs. Here’s examples pulled from several different Truths:
- Think about the most educated person you know. Would their life be any different if they had less education? How?
- If you get disappointed when you lose, even if you do your best, what do you think you can do to change your attitude? Do you think this would make your competitions more fun? Why or why not?
- Think about the last time someone did something for you. What did that person receive in return? Do you think they are glad they helped you out?
I was curious to see which Truths Ben deemed of value – so I let him lead discussions on Truths that meant something to him. Wow, what a great way to learn about your teen son and what is important to him. One of the Truths he found important – “Get as Much Education as Possible” – really surprised me.
I’m planning on walking through this book a bit slower with Ben in the fall – and having him cross reference the Truths with God’s Word. I want Ben to search for scriptures that will support or refute the author’s claim that these are Truths that are Biblical. I want him to develop discernment with “self-help” information and always turn to the Bible for ultimate advice and affirmation.
My only complaint with the book is that many of the questions are written as yes/ no questions. True, there is always a follow up, “why?” question, but I like to ask open ended questions from the get-go; it helps to build conversations with my guys.
My recommendations & thoughts: I think this is a great book for starting conversations with teens. The essays are short enough that they can be read and used to start meaningful conversations with your own kids, small groups or even in a Sunday School. God is mentioned throughout the book (an Bible quotes from the Old and New Testament are quoted at the beginning of many of the chapters), so consider that when you are planning who you will use with.
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