Fascinating book making the claim that the distinction between child and adult has largely disappeared in our world of new media. Postman wrote this a...moreFascinating book making the claim that the distinction between child and adult has largely disappeared in our world of new media. Postman wrote this a generation ago of the emerging dominance of television and one wonders what he would make of today's internet and social media.
The cultural concept of childhood is, according to Postman, a consequence of literacy. Print media created a world of knowledge and communication acquired through education. Over time certain topics, language, and themes began to be classified as adult and therefore "not for children."
In today's world, television has largely democratized and universalized the world of knowledge and exposure, though inherently not with the depth of print media. So, we have the childification of adulthood hand in hand with the adultification of childhood.
I'd be curious for recommended reading that brings Postman's ideas forward into today's world of social and mobile media.(less)
A fine collection of articles written by two practical theologians concerned with ministry to the young. The postscript was a helpful description of f...moreA fine collection of articles written by two practical theologians concerned with ministry to the young. The postscript was a helpful description of four streams of practical theological reflection on youth ministry and a main proponent of each:
1) neo-Aristotelian, centered on Christian practices/disciplines that become the place of divine/human encounter [Kenda Dean] 2) critical social theory, centered on the liberation of adolescents from oppressive structures (like consumerism) [David White] 3) pragmatism, centered on ethical development based on scripture's guidance [Chap Clark] 4) Kierkegaardian, centered on the impossibility of human action to encounter the divine, trusting instead in the action of God to overcome the sin and death in which we are surrounded [Andrew Root]
This chapter would have been more helpful as an introduction, so the reader could trace these influences throughout the chapters.
I love the rich reflection going on today around youth ministry. We are so far beyond the era of pizza parties and lock-ins, even though we mostly still do these activities. Only now, these activities are the veneer and deep theological reflection informs the heart of ministry within cliche programs/events.
This would be a great book discussion for networks of youth workers and youth pastors.(less)
My mantra with parenting books right now is that I expect my star-ratings to drop after I actually put the concepts into practice. This one came highl...moreMy mantra with parenting books right now is that I expect my star-ratings to drop after I actually put the concepts into practice. This one came highly recommended and it didn't disappoint. There's a lot of take away for any relationship and the 20th anniversary edition contains bonus chapters that cover applications to other kinds of relationships.
This book has a helpful layout - each chapter's concept is given through: 1. Introduction/explanation 2. Simple reference list 3. CARTOONS for quick reference 4. Stories from parents
I saw a lot of similarities to "Parenting with Love and Logic," in terms of parents resisting the urge to direct every action or rescue from every consequence, and in terms of raising kids who possess the ability to make decisions.
This book is definitely in the camp of rarely using the word "no" and recognizing the limits or ineffectiveness of many forms of punishment. That makes me a little skeptical, but it also causes me to think about discipline more holistically.(less)
Skimmed the key matters when it was first published, now I'm reading this in conjunction with the sequel "Souls in Transition." A very important study...moreSkimmed the key matters when it was first published, now I'm reading this in conjunction with the sequel "Souls in Transition." A very important study of youth and religion in the United States.(less)