5 Minutes for Books — Help for the Teen Years

by Jennifer Donovan

This week I am highlighting three books to help you navigate the teen years. They each offer a unique approach and perspective to educating parents and helping them avoid some of the pitfalls of this time of life.

teen.jpgMike Linderman has worked with teens as a licensed counselor for more than ten years. He has been able to help children with serious problems who are almost without hope. He has written The Teen Whisperer: How to Break through the Silence and Secrecy of Teenage Life to share that knowledge. In an easy-to-read style, he tackles tough issues such as depression and suicide, eating disorders, drinking and drugs, as well as identifying and explaining the five primary needs of your teen, and tips on the right approach to dealing with your teen such as communication skills, tips about rules and much more.

my-life.jpgMy Life Unscripted by Tricia Goyer is a book that is actually written to teens (specifically girls). In this book, Tricia Goyer shares her own mistakes and the way that God has helped redeem poor choices. She’s been there, so she’s the kind of voice that teens will listen to. If my daughter is not listening to me, I would hope that there’s someone like Tricia who she could listen to and learn from. Tricia offers proactive steps to being the kind of person that you can be proud of, ways to study God’s word, and examines the perks and pitfalls of popularity. The book also includes real thought-provoking questions that will spark action, as well as quotes from teen girls weighing in on these issues. You can read more about the book as well as an interview with the author at Snapshot blog.

what.jpgWhat Your Daughter Isn’t Telling You is the second in the Closer series by the same authors who wrote Here For You, a book which I loved (read my full review here). This book looks honestly at the issues that teen girls continue to raise (or feel that they can’t raise with their mothers): pornography, dating, trust, family relationships, and communications gaps. The list looks alarming, but in their usual style Susie Shellenberger and Kathy Gowler tackle these issues honestly. They are tough topics, but instead of feeling burdened down and hopeless, I felt encouraged and empowered to address them head-on.

If you would like to win one of these books, leave a comment. If you have a preference, please indicate that in the comments. They can ship to the U.S. or Canada. We will announce the winners next week in this column.

Congrats to the winners of the two amazon.com gift certificates donated by the author of Switchcraft. You can click right on through and order it right now if you are a winner or you just hoped to be:

#55, lace

#35, monica

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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