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Raising Successful Teens: How to Help Your Child Honor God and Live Wisely

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  17 reviews
This revised and updated edition of The Fight of Your Life features a new title, refreshed design, and 70% new content.

From every side--the Internet, social media, interactions with friends, in both their public and private lives--teens are persuaded to follow the world's way over God's every day. Culture's mantra "live for today" has become the slogan of this generation!
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Multnomah Books
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Katie Fischer
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Raising Successful Teens, Jeffrey Dean provides parents with practical suggestions to build a firm foundation that allows for open communication and better relationships with their teens. He reminds readers that they are the most influential person in their teenagers life and provides quotes from teenagers he has worked with, along with verses in Scripture, to back up each of his ideas. He touches on topics that are so important to consider when you have teenagers at home (friendships, dating ...more
Sarah Poling
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have two teen boys. This book title caught my attention as the subtitle truly is the goal before my husband and I-- we want to raise men who honor God and live wisely. So I was hooked on reading the book.

I'm not sure the intended reader for this book- other than parents- at times the author spoke like it was for parents who were living wisely and honoring God themselves with assumptions of their spiritual maturity, and at other times the author would make statements that inferred you need to
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that I never thought I would need at this phase of my life with not yet being a mother and definitely not raising teens. However, this book is so applicable to anyone who wants to connect and relate to Generation Z. My biggest takeaway from this book is:

-Teenagers want you to be involved in their lives and you have to be willing to enter into discussions that make you uncomfortable. This requires TIME & COMMUNICATION

So many parents simply do not communicate with their teens
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Perhaps I am not the right person to review Raising Successful Teens by Jeffery Dean was my first thought when beginning to read this book. I have already raised two children. They are both married and responsible adults. I work in a public high school as Targeted Assistance Support and I am surrounded by teens every hour of my workday. Yet I received this book free from Waterbrook & Multnomah for an honest review so here goes.
Dean's book definitely fills a niche for Christian parents who
Joe Mayo
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Raising Successful Teens
By Jeffery Dean

A great read for parents …
Raising Successful Teens is filled with nuggets of great life lessons and principles.

Jeffery states, “knowing God has chosen me, I do not take the call to parenting lightly. You shouldn’t either.”

If I had to pick a few statements as a standout statements, they would be these three:
“You are the most influential person in your teen’s life. How are you influencing your teen?”
“The truth is that your ability to lead your family begins
Steph Cherry
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I feel like I only survived adolescence. I was exposed to every bad thing you would never want your child to encounter. It came from teachers, peers, parents, and church members. It was horrible. I was in therapy. I went to church. The problem was that my parents were in no way invested in my life, they took no responsibility for their own actions, and I had no one to lovingly direct me toward truth. I collapsed.

As a parent, I have desperately sought to know how to love and guide my kids in tru
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Parenting teenagers has never been easy, but in today's culture of social media, it is difficult to keep teens focused on God and making wise decisions. Teens are pressured not only by their peers but also by social media to do what feels good. It is very important for parents to continue to be the main influencers in their teen's life.

In "Raising Successful Teens", Jeffrey Dean alerts parents to the questions teens need answers to the most and teaches them how to navigate their teen's world so
Derek Altom
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
He did it again! Jeffrey Dean has provided the parenting community with yet another resource to aid the family. His new book “Raising Successful Teens” is a must read for all parents! Whether parents who currently have teenagers living under their roof or who will one day have teens living under their roof, this book is a must read resource for them. One of the must challenging and convicting aspects of this book is the challenge from Jeffrey that God gave parents the children that He wanted the ...more
Patrick Willis
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good. I really enjoyed it. While I don't currently have teens, I thought it would be good to read ahead and maybe start implementing some things in our family's rhythms that would help my wife and me prepare for the 'teen-years.' Overall, this is a pretty solid book, filled with insights, super helpful suggestions, and a good mixture of encouragement and challenge. While some passages of Scripture seem to be taken a little outside of what it was most likely intended (as is t ...more
Cheri Swalwell
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Raising Successful Teens is a wonderful book. We have children ranging in age from 10 to 19, so I wish I had read this book a few years ago, actually, but I’m glad it’s here now. While I think we have done fairly well in communicating with and teaching our children biblically, I think all parents have room for improvement when it comes to raising children and I, for one, want to always remain teachable. This book offered some great resources and ideas and strategies that I hadn’t thought of and ...more
Randy Tramp
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You'll learn, The ten ways teens think about culture. This section is valuable to all parents and teachers of teens. They think different. They live differently. Adults need to understand their world.

You'll also learn, The five questions every teen should answer. It's important to know what your teen believes. From every side, the internet, social media, interactions with friends.

I have raised several teens and have one in the home now. It's not an easy job and it seems to be getting worse. As a
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really appreciated Dean's advice in all areas of raising teens, but especially the areas of technology and social media. This quote on page 122 in the chapter entitled Navigating Our Media-Driven World really resonated with me, "Your mission is not to hide the world from your teen; rather, it is to help her filter the messages of the world through a God-focused lens. Jesus didn't run from the world; He went to the world. He lived in it, teaching us how to see and do life from His perspective. ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an arc of this book on netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, so this book can give some good guidelines and stuff to help you, but I don't know if I personally would want to use all of its advice.
Sarah Carter
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
“… God could have chosen anyone to be the parent of your teen. But He didn’t choose just anyone; he chose you. This is no coincidence.”

Raising teenagers has always been a hard, but rewarding part of parenting. In today’s world, it’s even harder and scarier, but can be even more rewarding. Raising Successful Teens: How to Help Your Child Honor God and Live Wisely by Jeffrey Dean is a book that parents of teens can look to for guidance and support. The author raises current difficulties parents ha
Emily Bernard
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
RAISING SUCCESSFUL TEENS is a great resource for Christian parents. While the book didn’t discuss any any topics that blindsided me, it does raise awareness of the importance for parents to keep the lines of communication open with their teens and to routinely discuss “hard” subjects like sex, use of social media, pornography, and suicide. The author gives tips on how to initiate and create opportunities for discussion. As a parent of 2 teens (with more on the way), I found this book to be very ...more
Laura Langley
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In his latest book, Raising Successful Teens: How to Help Your Child Honor God and Live Wisely, Jeffrey Dean offers parents of millennial and post-millennial teens excellent and practical advice for parenting in today's world. I wish I'd had this book sooner, but I'm grateful to have it now!

Dean starts off by encouraging parents with the idea that God has uniquely matched parents with their children, meaning, I am the best parent for my child. When I often feel like a failure, it's good to remem
Sandra Pipitone
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wish I could've read this when my children were teens. As a great granny I will be buying for my children to read. Very insightful reading!
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