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A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  60 reviews
We don’t have to lose the next generation to culture. In this practical guide, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle explore questions including:
What unseen undercurrents are shaping twenty-first-century youth culture?
Why do so many kids struggle with identity?
How do we talk to kids about same-sex marriage and transgenderism?
How can leaders steer kids away from substance abuse
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by David C Cook
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Cindy Rollins
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I purposefully read this book slowly, one chapter at a time, to absorb its message and contemplate ways to apply it.

Part 3 Pounding Cultural Waves was especially helpful, so helpful, with its Hopecasting, that I gave the book 5 stars.

If you are raising children in THIS culture then this book is both easy to read and extremely hopeful and relevant.
Nitoy Gonzales
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: A Practical Guide to Culture by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle
If parents are feeling the heat of this demanding culture and want their kids to stand for God, here’s a book that help them navigate through the tidal waves. “A Practical Guide to Culture” promises to avoid alarmism in a culture that is getting harder and harder to be a Christian.

Putting the word “practical” on the title doesn’t mean that you’ll dive in immediately to the advice and put it into action. Stonestreet and
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The authors named this book well. I found the suggestions throughout the book to be very practical and things that I could easily implement as I parent. I think they effectively present the Christian worldview and also do a good job of refuting the lies the culture tells us in so many different areas today. Great book I will probably reference again and again. I would recommend this to Christian parents everywhere.
Rebecca Ray
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very practical and helpful book for parents and teachers attempting to understand what culture is, how it comes from, and how we, as Christians should help the children and teens in our life to navigate culture. Lots of resources and advice. This book is very helpful.
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World
Author: John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle
Format: Hardback
Topic: Christian Living
Scope: Contemporary Living and Influence in the Culture
Purpose: To equip Christian leaders, parents, and students with the tools to successfully navigate the culture. This means they will be able to flourish as Christians even when much of the culture seems to be against them.
Structure: The book is separated into four section
Jeff Bridgforth
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good book for parents and those who work with youth. Gives some great perspective on today's cultural issues and the ideas behind them. Really good suggestions on equipping your self and kids how to live out their Christian faith. Like the balanced views of the authors and that we seek not to escape or assimilate.
Erin King
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved their perspective and the way the material is presented is very practical.
Chris Wray
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Overall, this book is a great place to start in understanding culture in general and Western culture in particular. In thinking these through, we are equipped as Christians to live in our culture faithfully, and to start to shape it in light of the gospel. The authors also make sense of the presenting cultural issues of our day in a coherent and convincing way, getting to the underlying heart issues and cultural influences.

The ocean provides a helpful analogy to culture. Like the ocean, culture
Aaron Wong
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stonestreet, J., & Kunkle, B. (2017). A practical guide to culture: Helping the next generation navigate today's world. Colorado Springs, CO: David C Cook.

"Some Christian parents ... send their kids into the culture headfirst. Others think total protection is the answer, prohibiting their kids from ever dipping a toe in the cultural waters until they're out on their own." - p. 11

Ravi Zacharias: "In some cultures, people love their neighbors; in others, they eat them." - p. 24

Culture is made
Clinton Wilcox
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: worldview
Special thanks to Brett Kunkle for providing me with a free copy to review the book.

There aren't many books that I'm aware of that try to talk about the culture as a whole. There are certainly some good ones out there (such as Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death), but Stonestreet and Kunkle's book, A Practical Guide to Culture, takes it a step further in that they don't just talk about our culture and how we got here, but they actually provide practical steps on how Christians ought to liv
John Dobbs
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-life
This book is recommended for parents and perhaps grandparents who are involved closely with the raising of their grandchildren. I found it interesting on several levels. There are basically three sections. First is an explanation of the way culture influences our thinking. The middle section examines in detail various areas of culture to which we should pay attention ...pornography, sexual orientation, gender identity, media, addiction, affluence, racial tension, and more. (At this time the four ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall found this book really helpful and insightful.
I think the authors did a great job of framing topic, outlining the issues, outlining a Christian worldview on it, and outlining tips for parents/leaders. I particularly found the tips at the end very helpful for my ministry context. It's clear the authors put a lot of time, research, heart and soul into this project. Points were clear and communicated in a way that I could easily tranfer a lot of this information to my high schoolers and lea
Camille Turner
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice summary

I was eager to read this book after I heard about it in an podcast. Sounded like the book would address how we can appreciate culture and train our kids not to accept it passively but to be active in engaging it. I do think that interview gave a good impression of the book.

Being a very sensitive person, as I read it, it brought about regret in many areas, but each chapter ends hopeful. It includes resources for further reading in each section which I really hope to revisit
Steve Van Keulen II
Kunkle and Stonestreet do a fantastic job of introducing all of the "hot topics" that our culture faces today. From homosexuality, to racial reconciliation and everything in-between. This book not only gives us specific information and recommendations on how to talk about the issues. The authors go out of their way to explain what they feel the problem is and why we as Christians OUGHT to be concerned and educating ourselves on the current issues.

While this book is not an exhaustive in-depth lo
Sally Ewan
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This really IS a practical book, starting with a definition of culture to set the stage, moving on to the water that surrounds us in terms of our own contemporary culture, then the "waves" that are coming at us today (such as pornography, consumerism, addiction, sexual issues), finally closing with some worldview basics.

I appreciated the fact that they gave clear examples of issues and what we need to be aware of, and also provided helpful suggestions on dealing with the issues and having hope i
Alicia Snyder
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book which helps us see each cultural moment in the light of God's story throughout history. It encourages us to see identity, meaning, and morality in the perspective of God's overarching work in the world. It addresses specific cultural undercurrents, as well as the "waves," the specific and more visible issues that crash against the beaches of our society. It challenges us to read the Bible as it was meant to be read, in large chunks and in community. Finally, it encourages us to ce ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thankful for this book and will be keeping on hand as a reference guide for use in parenting 3 children!

Appreciated their simple approach to communicating important messages, which (for me) facilitates more immediate and functional use of the suggestions, eliminating the need to spend additional thought dissecting author opinion from objective truth and observations.

Highly recommend for anyone placed in authority over children - young adults seeking practical wisdom in teaching Truth in light
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tremendous book. You want good advice on what to teach your kids so they'll be ready to leave home one day? Then this book is for you. You want to know how to teach your kids these things? Then this book is for you. Do you want to know why you should teach these things to your kids? Then this book is for you. Do you want your kids to be ready for the world intellectually & spiritually? Then this book is for you. You'll have no regrets, only gratitude when you pick up this book & read i ...more
Dottie Parish
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Practical Guide to Culture is an excellent overview of cultural issues which impact all of us as Christians. Part 1 offers three detailed chapters about why culture matters. Skip this and read it later if you find it tedious. The most fascinating chapters to me were the chapters on The Information Age, Pornography, Gender Identity, Affluence and Addiction. Part 4 includes four chapters about how Christians (and the church) must read and trust the Bible and take the gospel to the culture. This ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This encouraging guide to apologetics is relevant and needed for Christians today. I will reread this book multiple times until it becomes obsolete, a point in time that I do not foresee arriving soon. Written clearly and simply, many heady topics are covered with endless resources that caused me to stop and digest for a time before continuing on with the chapter (or section). I strongly recommend this to anyone whether the intent is to communicate its contents with younger generations-as the ti ...more
David Westerveld
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nothing too earth shattering in here for me, but I did find it helpful to think through some of the issues in this book. I think some of the most helpful stuff in here was around technology and how it affects our conceptions of community. I did find some of the approaches to the answers that this book gave to be a little be to 'rationalistic' - at the end of the day, Christianity is more about a relationship with God than it is about a set of truths (although of course truth is important and mat ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book. It discusses a lot of issues that are currently affecting our culture, mostly negatively. It also tells us how to deal, as Christians, with these current crazy cultural ideas.

He gets into depth on many cultural issues.

At the end of each chapter, there are discussion questions. This book would be good for a group study. It’s also good for following up on things that should be done.

Overall, I thought this was a very good book for Christians to use to change the world.
Paul Harrison
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Take your time reading this book, it contains questions and resources bin each chapter that can help you apply and go further with each topic. This book should be required reading for parents of teenagers. It can provide insights into how to teach our children about living christianly on the crazy world we live in, where we feel estranged from our children growing up in a world that seems to change faster than adults can keep up with.
Andy Anderson
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Stonestreet hits the nail on the head with this book. What is culture-what and how should Christians be involved with it and how to react. A great book for parents and youth workers on the power of culture. We have a great God and need to be aware of what's happening and pour into our kids and youth about who God is. Subjects such as porn, gender identity, addiction and affluence are addressed. Great book.....
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
After laying the foundation of how to think about the issues facing today's culture, Stonestreet and Kunkel spend several chapters diving deep into specific issues with very practical ideas for engaging the culture in that area. It includes ways to deal with that issue personally, with your family and with your community around you. I came away with some very specific actions I plan to take to make a change based on this book. I highly recommend it.
Jarred Thompson
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing insight on what motivates our culture

Eye-opening and inspiring. This is a well-researched and spiritually grounded portrayal of culture and ideas that was for me a rather refreshing read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what influences the media and just in general to help your ability to discern the motives of a situation. They teach you how to ask the right questions and think beyond the surface level of what's going on.
Brad Miller
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our kids NEED this help and so do we

Well done, John and Brett!
Amidst all the lies, confusion, and relativistic views of our culture, each one of us must decide where we stand. The good news is that the truth is out there and can be found. Thanks for teaching us how and where to look.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I had to choose the most important book I read this summer, it would be this one - easy. The authors present a clear, hope-filled way to live in this world. As a teacher and parent, this book was extremely helpful as I encourage the next generation.
Dianne Danielson
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Right on with the cultural moment we're in, with encouragement and a reminder of how God's story incorporates each cultural issue we are facing. It has extremely helpful practical action steps as well.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even if you do not have kids I recommend reading this book. It addresses the cultural issues of our day on a manner that not only stands up for truth but bathed in Christ’s love. It definitely helped me know how to mentor and teach my child.
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John Stonestreet is president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, the cohost of BreakPoint, and the coauthor of several books.
“Instruction is necessary, of course, but discipleship happens not when we talk at our kids but when we walk with them through their struggles to a place of commitment. 18” 0 likes
“Christian families and churches must see what they do as more than offering wholesome youth programs and teaching moralistic therapeutic Sunday school lessons. Our agenda for the next generation must be whole-life formation, intentionally countering the dominant cultural vision of what life is about. We must make sure our kids understand Christian faith as more than a set of beliefs and behaviors. Instead, they need to know that a competing vision of life demands their deepest allegiance and grounds their identity.” 0 likes
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