It’s Not Too Late: The Essential Part You Play in Shaping Your Teen’s Faith by Dan Dupee focuses on how to instill Christian principles in your children. I think that the target audience for the book would probably be Christian parents who have seen defiant or wild behavior in their teenage kids. One of my favorite parts of the book was “Seven Myths That Might Be Sabotaging Your Parenting,” which includes myths such as “Christian professionals (not parents) have the primary responsibility for the spiritual nurture of the emerging adult.” I also liked how Dupeesaid that parents’ deepest convictions about their expectations for their children’s futures are generally emphasized, modeled, and made known, but often not said out loud.
The book reminds us that parents don’t have to be perfect in order to pass down their faith, and that some parents do all of the “right” things to instill faith in their child, and at no fault of their own, the child may still stray from his faith. The book gives great advice, but it also shows how Christian parenting can be messy.
You can find It’s Not Too Late here.