Monday, September 8, 2014

The Bare Facts: 39 Questions Your Parents Hope You Never Ask About Sex

Published: January, 2011
Product Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128
Purchase Book:  Amazon

Sex is everywhere. And misunderstandings about it are even more pervasive. Whether you have questions of your own and don't know who to ask, or you are being asked questions and don't know where to turn-this small book has the answers. Bestselling author and speaker, Josh McDowell believes that no question is off limits and that knowledge, not ignorance, is the key to youthful purity and a fulfilling marriage and family. This book builds on that approach with relevant, pertinent statistics, entertaining anecdotes, and real stories.
This little book will be a very practical tool in the hands of anyone who is struggling, anyone who is curious, anyone who is nervous about asking a "e;dumb question,"e; and most importantly, anyone who desires to learn how to honor God with his or her body. The Bible is clear on a lot of these issues and Josh's candor (and respect for young people) shines through as he shares these truths about sex. Much like Josh's apologetics books, this book will help equip a skeptical generation with the facts they are sorely missing.

My Impressions: 
When I got this book my first gut impression was this would make a good resource, but not an inclusive all in one stop on the topic. I asked my teens what they thought about it and they kinds just skimmed it to sections that appealed to them and ignored the rest. My daughter like the cover with the couple touching heads, my son thought it was horrible. You cant please everyone. What I heard from them both though was that the book was a little dull and they expected more stories around each chapter topic, not just a lot of facts thrown at them. It started to loose their interest.  They seemed to like the bible references and that the book was laid out for them to easily find topics at the front so they did not have to hunt things down and weed through "parts they didn't need or want".

Personally I enjoyed the discussion guide aspect of the book and I think that if it was not their mom talking about these topics they would have been more open, but to them I was prying by asking "leading" questions. I think this would be a great tool for a youth group leader to go over with kids and would open up some great topics for discussion. It just did not work well in the home environment .  The one thing I would say that none of us like was the huge bold print of "Sex". The kids felt embarrassed to bring the book with them anywhere and I personally thought it brought too much attention to the topic if a child wanted to read it but keep it more unknown with what they were reading.

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The Moody Publishers Review Crew.

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