Yes. I read the book first, then ordered it in audio form as a gift to my son who has two teenagers. I knew he would nerver sit down and read it, but he would listen to it on his way to work.
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I found the author's stories of his and others' actual experiences with using the right love language with their teen helpful. Also, his suggestions about using these love languages at the end of each section gave us lots of ideas that were new to us. He also stressed how important it is to find the right love language for each individual teenager, and gave lots of help in how to do that.
I especially remember the author's explanation of the fragile ego of the teenager and how a seemingly insignificant criticism can be very destructive to their self image. This is a real eye-opener to parents and grandparents, and may explain some of the bad attitudes teens so easily slip into.
Perhaps too much time is spent at the beginning going through the many pressures and changes in our society that have a major effect in our teens lives. Most people are very much aware of these depressing issues in our everyday lives. I did not really want to plow through them all to get to the author's ideas on how to help teens.
It was easy to step into the family emotional struggles that play out throughout the book and identify with many of them. You always know that this is a very unusual story that may rock your socks at the end. And it really does just that. I couldn't put it down.
As my first Thoene book that was not a historical fiction novel, I felt a little dissappointed in the lack of detail and historical veracity given. But then it was not meant to be a story that opened up my understanding of some far away place. Perhaps that's why it felt so different.
The problem, I came to eventually see, was that the challenges each member of this family travailed through were just a little too close to those of families I've known or personally could relate to. They weren't pretty and bigger than life. They were the ugly effects of the culture in which we now live. Even being a Christian was not enough to keep them from being victimized by the Evil One and those he influences.
In an agonizing process, the power of God made itself known and each member of this family responds, but there is some suspense as to when this would happen. I was relieved that God and forgiveness and obedience and many other values were vindicated, and that I was left with hope for our difficult times.
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