More Than Just the Talk by Jonathan McKee

Book description:

The old ways of having the “sex talk” just won’t cut it anymore. Sadly, the number one place today’s young people go to for answers about sex is Google. Meanwhile, kids view nearly 14,000 sexual references a year on television, and 70 percent of teenagers have encountered pornography on the Internet. If we want our children to know the truth about healthy sexuality, we need to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations.

Jonathan McKee will show you how to move beyond the initial awkwardness of this subject into an ongoing communication with your kids about God’s amazing gift of sex. He equips you with what you need to talk openly about dating, temptation, porn, and purity, and you will find answers to tough questions and relevant Scripture on sexual issues.

It’s normal for kids to be curious about sexuality, and they need to know that their parents are the most reliable source of information. Be the one your kids turn to on this crucial topic.

My review:

McKee hits a home run with his straightforward, no nonsense approach to talking to our kids about an uncomfortable topic.  Everything about this book is relevant, from the back story of what kids are seeing and doing these days, to concrete steps to take when approached by your children with questions, and finishing up with common questions.  Some of the questions he spent an entire chapter on, such as Why Wait? and How Far Can I Go?

There are two things about this book that I really liked.  The first is that McKee backed up each of his positions with biblical references and support.  I also liked the tips about what to do when your children ask you something and you are completely taken aback.  McKee helps us to buy a little bit of time to frame an appropriate and thoughtful response.

The only thing that I was hoping to see in the book that wasn’t there was more information about how to initiate the conversation.  My children don’t ask a lot of questions, but I still want to be there go to person.  McKee offers strategies, but I was hoping for more advice.  However, I’m hoping that by utilizing his suggestions, more questions will be forthcoming.  This is too important of a topic to “hope for the best.”

If you are looking for a straightforward book that will help you open the doors of communication with your children about sex, this is the one for you.  It is down to earth and realistic.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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