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Protecting the Gift Audiobook

Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (And Parents Sane)

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Publisher's Summary

In his groundbreaking best seller The Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker showed millions of readers that, like every creature on earth, human beings can predict violent behavior. Now, in this exclusive audio presentation of Protecting the Gift, de Becker empowers parents to fully trust their own intuition when it comes to their children's safety. In this indispensable resource, de Becker provides keen insights into the behavior and strategies of predators. He offers practical new steps to enhance children's safety at every age level: specific questions parents can ask to effectively screen and evaluate babysitters, daycare services, schools, and doctors; a "Test of 12" safety skills children need before being alone in public; warning signs to help parents protect children from sexual abuse; and how to keep teenage girls and boys from unsafe situations with peers and adults. De Becker also shatters the myth that rules like "Never talk to strangers" will keep your children safe. By showing what danger really looks like - as opposed to what we might imagine it looks like - de Becker gives parents freedom from many common worries and unwarranted fears.

©1999 Gavin De Becker; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Brett Johnson 10-08-11
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    "Every High School Freshman Should Be Required"

    This is one of the most important and best-presented books I've ever listened to. It tells what parents, children and especially young women need to know to keep from becoming victims of violent crime. I've been in law enforcement for a long time, and much was eye-opening to me. The only drawback is that it is severely abridged, and there is no unabridged version.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 05-29-10
    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 05-29-10 Member Since 2004
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    "A Must Read (or listen) for all parents"

    Protecting the gift picks up where "Gift of Fear" leaves off. It is full of insights into keeping your child (as well as yourself) safe. What he says makes so much sense - I have already recommended it to several friends, and will continue to do so! Thank you for an amazing work!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Billy 02-27-16
    Billy 02-27-16
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    "Must own book if you have a family!"

    This is a GREAT book... you just have to get past a nauseating, hypocritical, factually incorrect, anti-gun rant. It's a shame to have a big, fat, illogical red mark right across such a fantastic work, and I'm sure it will make others question De Becker's credibility, as it did me, when they hear something that has been proven factually incorrect as we hear in his long rant on the scariness of guns. Worse yet are those who DON'T know the facts about the gun control argument and take De Becker's lies and errors as truth. I do hope listeners are able to pick the wheat from the chaff as there is some great information here which is not available in many other (audio)books and this is such an important topic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 03-26-13
    Sean FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Anti-gun rant a real dissaponiment"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, with the caveat that De Becker goes on an anti-gun rant that is truly reprehensible at this point. The information is quite good and likely to prove helpful to anyone who pays attention.


    Would you recommend Protecting the Gift to your friends? Why or why not?

    Pretty sure I just answered this same question in the item above.


    What aspect of Gavin De Becker’s performance would you have changed?

    See item1 above. Great information and expertise, lose the political perspective.


    Do you think Protecting the Gift needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jake Prime Des Moines, IA 08-18-16
    Jake Prime Des Moines, IA 08-18-16

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    "Purchase 1 for you and 1 as a gift for someone."

    I want everyone I know and everyone i don't know to read this book! the information is so valuable, even if it makes you think about things you don't want to .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mrobison 08-11-16
    mrobison 08-11-16
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    "some of these things are difficult to hear"

    but your willingness to listen will arm you with more tools and the courage to protect children, for that is what we all should do.

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    M. Schenk Peoria, AZ United States 05-15-16
    M. Schenk Peoria, AZ United States 05-15-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Must read for teens and parents"

    This book gives very applicable advice for protecting yourself and your children against violence. The statistics on violence paired with anecdotal stories are eye opening.

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    Emma Los Angeles 04-25-16
    Emma Los Angeles 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If you have children a must read"

    Waaaa..... An eye opener !! I was raised by a cop but this book was another precaution list to put into action. It should be a course taught in high school as the author mentioned. Wish the author had more books. Get the audiobook It is much easier to refer to it when needed. The author also has template letters. Amazing author !! Heart breaker stories but sadly it is the world we live in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Twin+1mommy 04-04-16
    Twin+1mommy 04-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love, love , love. Every Mom should read this!"

    Such a wonderful book, so valuable and so Important for Moms to remember to trust their gut. Thank you Gavin for this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Fisher Salt Lake City, Utah 01-20-16
    Mike Fisher Salt Lake City, Utah 01-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "This book if full of great information."

    I am going to give a copy of this book to my adult children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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