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A N I M P O R TA N T W O R D TO PA R E N T S
as pornography, teenage pregnancy, gay marriage, sexual identity and gender issues, and so forth. In this way, you can help build your child’s defenses
against departing from God’s ways.
AGES TWELVE TO SIXTEEN
Facing the Facts: The Truth about Sex and You
Facing the Facts: The Truth about Sex and You builds upon all that has come
before but also—in more depth—prepares your child for puberty. At this
age, your child is old enough for more detailed information about the
changes their body is about to go through and about the adult body they
will soon receive as a gift from God.
In this book, your child will hear again about God’s view of sexuality and
about his loving and beautiful intentions for how this gift should be used.
The distorted ways in which our world views sex must be clearly labeled,
and your child must be prepared to face views and beliefs contrary to those
they learn at home. We attempt to do all this while also talking about the
many confusing feelings of puberty and early adolescence.
While children could read this book independently, we do not believe
this would be optimal. We encourage you to read it alongside your child and
then talk about it together. You could go chapter by chapter. Alternatively,
you can read it and use it as a resource for important conversations with
your ­soon-­to-­be or young teenager.
In this book we address the most controversial topics of the series, topics
about which biblically grounded Christians can and do frequently disagree.
We make suggestions about appropriate moral positions on all of the important issues, including sexual-intimacy limits before marriage, masturbation,
contraception, gender identity, homosexuality, and more.
We have joked that in each of these books, we are guaranteed to say something to lead almost any Christian parent to declare us too conservative
or too liberal on some topic or to disagree with us somewhere. We do not
presume our answers are completely right. At the very least, we hope our
thoughts empower you, the parent, to think the matter through and present
a better answer to your child as the Lord guides your thinking.
All of these books were written as if dialogue is an ongoing reality between
mother, father, and child. Yet in some homes, only one parent is willing to
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