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Jumping Ship: What to Do So Your Children Don't Jump Ship to the World When They Get Older

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There is a troubling trend showing up among teenagers. They are discontent and rebellious, jumping ship as soon as they think they can survive without the family-- some as young as sixteen years old. Michael Pearl addressed this issue in a series of No Greater Joy Magazine articles in 2006. These have now been compiled into this book, along with new material and an additio ...more
ebook, 108 pages
Published August 30th 2010 by No Greater Joy Ministries (first published June 1st 2007)
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My first impression of this book was that the author is off-putting with his preachy and self-righteous tone. I did not care for his writing style. But as I tried to see past that, I realized that his ideas are sound and worth considering. What I appreciated most what his point that we are basically marketing the Christian lifestyle to our children. We have to show them how appealing it is, so that they can see the benefits and excitement in a life of service and godliness.

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Oct 03, 2008 Victoria rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian Parents or 18 & older
Recommended to Victoria by: Mom
update on 10/3/08

Well , I have finished this book and I feel hesitant to give a straight "Yes" I liked it.
It definitely had wonderful information on having the heart of your children and what to do if you have messed up and have a prodigal child. It looked at the heart and intentions of a parent-child relationship that I though was very accurate. I think the bottom line of this book is speaking against hypocrisy in parenting . You can not feel one thing in your heart , or have disrespect to you
EVERY. SINGLE. CHRISTIAN PARENT should read this! Mike gives clear, to-the-point and very true reasons why kids "jump ship" or "go off the deep end" and what you can do to prevent or help them if it happens. I know it's true because I was a teenager once too. Most of it is in the parent's attitude, but READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT! Also, I believe they have the book for free in article format at
If we could do half stars, I'd give this book about a 3.5 rating. There was some good information with some really good things to think about in parenting your children, and I think it would be beneficial for every Christian (home-schooling or not) parent to read.
I LOVED this book! You have to think about who you are as a Christian. Are you a hypocrite? Do you speak negatively of others? Do you say one thing and then do another? If you want your children to have your heart and soul, then you have to have a pure heart and soul. You have to find JOY in your daily work and relationships (AND INCLUDE YOUR CHILDREN) as they lead you closer to Christ. You can't force your children. You can only say, "Come follow me," and be a desirable leader. Following the co ...more
Well, with the Pearls I always have an issue or two I am not so crazy about, but often there is enough wisdom to make it worth the while to read anyway, and so I found this book. I needed to hear a call to make sure I am living in Christ joyfully--or else why would my children ever want to live the same way? I also appreciate the good counsel on letting teens grow in independence, be around other teens, and have meaningful work and projects to do as a family.
Great insight on raising children and what happens as they get older.
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Michael and Debi Pearl were both raised in Memphis, Tennessee, in good homes, by parents who were faithful to point them to God. Mike, a graduate of Mid-South Bible College in Memphis (now Victory University), has been active in evangelism and the work of the ministry since he was a teenager. He worked with Union Mission in Memphis for 25 years, while he and Debi also ministered to the many milita ...more
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