Okay, so I don't normally just write book reviews here on my little blog. In the past I have just invited other authors to guest blog and then shared information on their work.
I'm making an exception.
Not because I wouldn't love for Sarah to guest blog. (Email me girl.) But because I just finished reading her book and couldn't help but share my thoughts on it with all of you. (No one asked me to review the book, I bought it and just had to.)
Let's start with some info on Sarah West and her book, Walking the Talk.
Sarah West is a homeschool mom and freelance writer. Formerly, she served as the Director and Youth and College Counselor for Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Mississippi. Sarah writes for various online and print magazines on matters of faith and family, and believes in strengthening family relationships and reconnecting parents to their children. You can connect with Sarah and keep up to date with her writing through her blog at http://www.heartskeeper.com.
Every parent wonders if they are doing the right thing with their children. Having the “talk” is no different. Walking the Talk reminds parents how important their role, lived out by example, can be in guiding their children in making healthy choices.
I loved this book. I loved the idea of it. I loved her blunt talk and great advice. Mostly, I loved how she took the topic of purity and sex and brought it into the focus of our identity in Christ. When we understand our value then we will protect it.
As a youth pastor, I see so much of what she talks about played out in the students we have ministered to. Purity can't be a one time sermon or discussion and it needs to be about the heart of the matter not just the physical.
As a parent I love the advice she gives on transparent conversations. I can see how putting some of her tips into practice can help not only talk to our kids about sex but about any issue they face.
Finally I love the God centered attitude with which she approaches everything. At the end of the day the most important thing is to point our kids to Jesus. By not only our words but also our examples we teach can, and should, teach them how to live in a way that pleases Him, not because we have to, but because when we understand His love and grace we will want to.
If you are a parent, get this book. And don't wait because your kids are little or skip it because you think its too late. Now is always a good time to walk the talk.
PS: Right now you can download it for just $0.99.