The Space Between

The Space Between
A Parent's Guide to Teenage Development
by Walt Mueller

Good, quick read...would be a good book to pass to pre-teen parents or maybe parents of teens that are in the early stages of a struggle.

Here are a few notes from the book:

pg. 16 - questions
  • how can i begin to facilitate a smoother adolescent period for my teenager - supporting loving, and leading my teenager in a way that brings honor and glory to God?
  • how can i begin to break through the walls of confusion, frustration, fear and misunderstanding?
  • how can i be a positive and proactive bridge-builder into the life and world of my teenager?

pg. 95 - definition of sin (quoted from The Reason for God by Tim Keller)

"sin is not just doing bad things, but making the good things into the ultimate things. it is seeking to establish a sense of self by making something else more central to your significance, purpose, and happiness than your relationship to God."

pg. 101 - dual listening (quote from John Stott)

"we listen to the Word in order to discover ever more of the riches of Christ. and we listen to the world in order to discover which of Christ's riches are needed most and how to present them in their best light."

pg. 106 - quote from Eugene Peterson

"a parent's main job is not to be a parent, but to be a person. there are no techniques to master that will make a good parent. there is no book to read that will give the right answers. the parent's main task is to be vulnerable in a living demonstration that adulthood is full, alive, and Christian."

pg. 111 - and for the most convicting of all...(from Dr. John White)

"as Christ is to me, so must i be to my children."

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