For most of us when a teen asks one of those not so easy questions about life, we give it our best go right? We muster together all our biblical knowledge, all our memories of what other much smarter people than us have said about the subject and offer our best ways forward. The thing is though that very few of us have got it covered these days (nor are expected to actually). Not even the cool local youth pastor. Sure, teens have always had questions but today they are coated in a sensitivity and complexity that have us all longing for the 80’s when things were simpler (or maybe just unspoken).
Answering teen questions
Wouldn’t it be a true gift if you could have someone come over to have a conversation with your teen about things like race and gender. About why it’s not narrow minded to be a Christian. Someone who you knew your teen would like. Someone you could trust. And they wouldn’t just be nice but they also would really know what they’re talking about. I mean, they would be nice and smart. Someone who had really thought through all this stuff going on the world today having asked lots of other smart people in the world about it all. Someone who was willing to be vulnerable about their journey but also firm in their belief about Jesus, the Bible and all that vital life stuff.
Well, Rebecca McLaughlin’s book, 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity is a lot just like that.
Rebecca writes, “Rather than protecting my kids from divergent ideas, or urging them to affirm all beliefs equally, I want to equip them to have real conversations with real people who really think differently from them – and me. I want them to learn how to listen and how to question what they hear. If what I believe is true, it will stand up to scrutiny…I want them to see Jesus for themselves and to believe that what he says about himself is true.”
Having conversations with teens
So if you need some help having conversations about how you can believe in science and a Creator God. About how Christianity isn’t about putting woman down. About how despite all the suffering in the world God is loving. Then your time (and money) will be well spent with Rebecca.
Now you or your teen may not agree with everything Rebecca says (have you seen the church lately) but you can’t fault her approach which is honest, empathetic, well researched, and grounded in Scripture. If you are not a Harry Potter fan or don’t love Disney animated movies, you’ll have to endure the references (there are many), but they do add to the contemporary feel of the book and are all explained for those of us who have taken self-isolation too far.
If you or the teenagers in your world haven’t read something recently about the Christian faith and all the stuff teens are living through daily, then this needs to find it’s way onto your shelf (digital or otherwise) pretty soon.