Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Teaching Teens: Could It Really Be This Easy?

I have to admit, I dread the teen years.  Maybe it is because I remember what I was like as a teenager, maybe it is because I remember the times I was teased and made fun of, maybe it is just because it is unknown, but I kind of wish I could freeze time before we get there.

Unfortunately as much as Lucas talks about his time machines and crazy inventions which he has "made", there isn't actually a way to freeze time.  So as with anything in life that terrifies me I run away prepare myself.

I was given a copy of Could it Really Be This Easy: The Eternal Equation of Success for Teens by Ted J. Peck to review.

The Book:
"It’s easier than you think. Whether you’re trying to figure out which school to attend, who to date, or how to repent after making a mistake, following God’s plan for you isn’t that complicated. Fun to read and easy to understand, this book is perfect for teens, young adults, and anyone looking for direction from our loving Father in Heaven."

My Review: 
 When I began reading this book, I realized the book is actually meant for the teens to read, it is written to them; despite that I soon had my highlighter out and was highlighting so many passages.  Peck begins by talking about the why's of life, or sorting out the puzzle pieces.  Peck expands it by talking of specific things to think about, to do to help the teen be successful in life.

One quote on hope that I loved:
  "Choose to have hope every day. Could it really be that easy?  It can if you are willing to make a choice.  Even though life can be difficult at times, you can still hope for a successful life.  But just hoping won't make it happen. A successful life is a work in progress, and you're the one who gets to do all the work."

This quote shows the overall feel of the whole book, the idea that yes, it is all possible, it can even be easy, you just have to be willing to work and try hard.

This book is written from a religious perspective (specifically with some LDS doctrine), especially beginning with a foundation and belief in God and the purpose of this life.  Many of the tips and advice are practical and could fit for anyone, but the foundation is religious.

I will definitely give this book to my kids in a couple of years to read.  I think sometimes in those teens years, when kids don't always want to listen to their parents, this book with the ease and style it is written, is something I hope will sink in.

You can purchase your own copy at:
Amazon//Book and Things//Deseret Book

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