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Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A generation ago, Christian parents didn’t have to worry about how to explain transgenderism to their nine-year-old, or help their teenager deal with mockery at school for believing in traditional marriage.
But today, as our culture’s moral center continues to fly apart and with every form of deviance publicly aired and celebrated, we have no choice but to equip our kids t
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Catholic Answers Press
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Julie Davis
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very practical and accessible guide to Church teachings on moral issues dealing with sexuality. Topics covered range from sex outside of marriage to pornography to trangender identity, and much more. Each issue has its own chapter with a general overview section of the teachings, advice for talking to little kids, and then one for older kids (after puberty). The authors both have a lot of practical experience at this as parents themselves and the tips are very clear, practical, and use ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this timely, encouraging, and practical. I liked the consistent format of the chapters. It was not particularly pleasant to confront so many evils on the page, especially some that have become so commonplace. I appreciate the authors’ candor and determination to remain faithful to the natural order of things and reason.
Jeff Miller
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like the approach this book takes regarding these issues. A natural law approach with a concentration partly on ends. I especially liked how there are different responses for the age of the child. Caveats are also mentioned regarding when it is appropriate to answer some questions taking in consideration the child's personality. ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be mandatory reading for anyone who desires to raise their children with strong Christian morals. This book tackles the tough moral issues our children will face: same-sex marriage, divorce, contraception, abortion, reproductive technologies, modesty, pornography, transgender identity, and homosexuality. I really appreciate how well this book is organized. For each of the issues there is a brief section on what the Catholic church actually teaches about the topic. Then there is ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! Such an important read for Christian parents concerned with the moral state of our world we are raising our children in.

Each moral “dilemma” is separated into conversations by age range - little kids and big kids. Concrete examples are given of how to discuss with each specific age. This book beautifully blends why each subject is morally and theologically wrong with everyday language we can use to teach and guide our children.

The writing is strongly Catholic in that it
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so good. It will speak to your absolute core if you are a faithful Catholic. Even if you are non-religious but subscribe to natural law (which simply cannot be denied) this book lays out some important issues. Clear, concise, excellent examples & illustrations of the realities & challenges we face written in a no nonsense, unrelenting yet loving & understanding way. I would highly recommend this book to every single man & woman or combination thereof. Highly relevant, extremely well ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Great, especially the chapters on pornography.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. Can help parents of children any age to understand and embrace the tough moral issues of the 21st century.
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book's content is good and simple to read and digest. The book also includes footnotes for readers who want to delve into the details. By design, there are three chapters on each topic. One chapter on: "What the Church Teaches", "Advice for Little Kids", and "Advice for Big Kids". This has one key advantage, this is an excellent reference book! If you want to have a book where you can skim the table of contents and quickly locate some advice on talking about homosexuality with your children ...more
Michelle Rogers
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal book and resource for any adult (especially parents) involved in care and education of children. Each situation is discussed in light of moral/Christian teaching and natural law and then a section discusses how to address the topic with young children and finally how to discuss it with older children (after puberty). Topics include sex outside of marriage, same-sex marriage, divorce, contraception, abortion, reproductive technologies, modesty, pornography, transgender identi ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
I was hoping this book was going to provide something more than just an explanation of what the Catholic church teaches on moral issues. Unfortunately, thought it attempts to give parents scripts for talking about various topics with their big and little kids, these sound more like dialogue from an after school special than anything a real human being might say to a real child. Sections of the book might be useful to read in advance of any discussions I might plan to have with my kids in order t ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Made This Way is a practical and engaging book to help parents navigate the tough issues of today’s cultures. I love the format of the book. Each chapter is it own topic such as divorce, same sex marriage, or pornography. Each chapter is broken down into three sections: what the church teaches, advice for little kids, advice for big kids. The information is clear and concise. It quotes church documents, Saints, and church fathers but the arguments are built upon natural law, making them appealin ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though the book was written to guide parents when speaking with their children about sexual morality, it also guides those who want to talk about the difficult issues with people outside Catholicism. By using the concept of natural law, even those who aren't Christians can see the Catholic position as reasonable.

Today, many people make decisions based on feelings rather than whether something could be right or wrong. To help make that determination it's good to ask the questions, "what is
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Made This Way is a practical, easy-to-read guide for understanding and talking to children and teens about the most controversial moral issues of our day.

Using plain language, the natural law, Church teaching, and common sense, the authors establish simple talking points for laying the foundation for children's understanding and acceptance of the Church's (unpopular, but correct) stances on topics such as contraception, transgender identity, homosexuality, and more.

Even is you "know" all the rig
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Catholic, I wish I'd been able to read this as a teenager, again before I married, again as a newlywed, again as a young mother, again as the mother of a pre-teen daughter, and again as the mother of a teenage/young adult daughter. Not all Catholics are reared in a strong foundation of the faith, and mine was uneven and wobbly. The author explains things in ways I had not previously heard but could've accepted and been guided by at various stages of my own life and my daughter's. This book ...more
Gabriel Kraus
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book does a fine job of clarifying and explaining the church’s teaching on some of the tougher moral issues that are so prevalent today. I think that any parent, young person that is discerning marriage, teacher, or anyone that desire to work with the youth should give this a read. Sometimes we remain silent on morality because we do not know what we should actually believe. We must fervently defends our Lord and back up the teachings of the Church with truth through love and compassion.
Chris M Briscoe
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Straightforward, intuitive formation based on natural order

Easy to read and understand; informative and instructive; supportive and encouraging. A wonderful example of putting faith into action through teaching the principals and application of natural moral law and why it matters to our social ethos.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book, and was often challenged with how I carry out the truth in grace and love. The chapters were laid out in a clear and easy to follow sequence. She gives the truth in each chapter and good tips on how to teach your children to embrace the truth while honoring the dignity of each individual, no matter what choices they make in their lives.
Darren Cary
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent guide for teaching your children fundamental truths about how we should behave and why. It's also a handy refresher for parents themselves.

Especially now, all parents of young children should have this book at their fingertips (after reading it first). It can profoundly bless their children's lives forever.
Jonathan Jergens
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent introduction to natural law that gives parents the ability to reasonably articulate moral issues to their kids, but also to adults who don’t understand why the Church teaches what it teaches.
Knute Nathe
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Must Read for Catholic Parents

Great advice for talking to little ones and teens about these difficult topics. I enjoyed the emphasis on having a joyful marriage as an example of living according to the Truth.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! Really recommend it to all responsible parents.
Theresa Smith
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource! The teaching is clear and timely. All families concerned about the culture's influence on their children need to have this book in their homes. ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book for teaching children and adolescents the meaning of sexuality for the modern era Christian.
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sadly, we found this book because we needed it... but we are so thankful it exists! Most modern books/advice on these topics preach modern morality and admonish you to just accept anything and everything. There is no good or bad. Everything is subjective. Even simple acknowledgements of biological realities are sometimes banned. We struggled to find advice the would acknowledge physical realities, much less Catholic teaching. I am so thankful to have found this book. It is like an oasis in the d ...more
Clearly and tightly written and organized. A very well structured work of apologetics, it addresses what to tell children and why, and for that reason I think it is helpful and worth reading and considering. Note that the author states very clearly that the intention is to focus on the macro what/why here and not the micro how. Aka a person to person conversation about these issues requires relationship and connection and charity and humility and this book recognizes that but just kind of leaves ...more
Maria Clancy
At first I didn’t enjoy this book, it seemed to be giving advice on how to blindly brainwash your children instead of lovingly educating them.

About halfway through it switched over to lovingly educating children, and then it became quite enjoyable.

Overall I did think it was a pretty good book and it provided valuable information, insight, and advice on how to tackle addressing difficult topics with your children.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, straight forward, a section for little kids and a section for bigs on each topic. The only reason why I gave it a 4star is because I don't believe the way to handle some of these situations are as clear cut as Mrs. Miller makes them out to be. ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well done and easy to follow, if a bit dry on exact details of what to say. An excellent starting point and I was very thankful there was a little kids and big kids section for each topic.
Claudia McClure
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book!
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Leila Miller is a wife and mother of eight children who has a penchant for writing and a passion for teaching the Catholic Faith in simple ways. This summa cum laude Boston College graduate also enjoys debating secularists, and in her spare time she fancies herself a bit of a Catholic matchmaker. She manages two blogs that accommodate those hobbies well: Little Catholic Bubble, and the invite-only ...more

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