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Spiritual Junk Food: The Dumbing Down of Christian Youth [Paperback]

By Cathy Mickels (Author), Audrey McKeever (Joint Author) & Audrey McKeever (Author)
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"Spiritual Junk Food . . . is an eye-opening book - one that should be required reading for Christian parents and educators everywhere. It provides a great service by detailing how a watered-down, psychologized version of Christianity is being presented to students in place of the real thing. The yellow brick road of pop Christianity is paved with good intentions, but as Mickels and McKeever point out so convincingly, it leads in the wrong direction."

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"Spiritual Junk Food: The Dumbing Down of Christian Youth" is a stinging indictment on the state of educational curricula promoted by leading Christian publishers. This is one of the most important issues facing the Christian church today. Drawing from fifteen years of experience in public education, Cathy Mickels and Audrey McKeever make a convincing case that Christian publishers are marketing shallow, fast-food methods for teaching spiritual truths. The faith of Christian youth is being undermined with theories first espoused by humanist educators, not people interested in sharing the truth of God's righteousness and power. In this well-documented expose, parents are warned that the same worldly, humanistic ideas and activities Christians have fought in our nation's schools have now invaded the church. Straightforward biblical teaching is being traded for relativism, group thinking, and controversial games. Whether it is by teaching Christian youth to hug trees and "think green," role-play a Bible passage soap-opera style to simulate the excitement of temptation, or view Steven Speilberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark for a lesson on the Book of Revelation, the authors predict the result will all be the same: the dumbing down of Christian youth.

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Studio: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2002
Publisher   Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1579211690  
ISBN13  9781579211691  

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More About Cathy Mickels & Audrey McKeever

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mickels is the Washington state president of Phyllis Schlafly's national conservative organization, Eagle Forum. She was also appointed to Governor Booth Gardner's Task Force on AIDS. Because of her intense lobbying efforts, legislation was passed in Washington state that requires sexual abstinence outside lawful marriage to be taught in all public school AIDS education. In addition, she was elected to represent Washington state on the National Platform Committee at the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston. She is an associate of Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Cathy Mickels currently resides in Lynden, in the state of Washington.

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Good Read, a Bit Extreme  Oct 20, 2003
This book offers a wake up call for every youth and sunday school teacher to be careful of the humanistic and secular teachings that have crept into the Christian community. It is a good reminder to "test everything" (1 Thess. 5:21) and to only choose materials that teach godly principles. However, the authors tend to be a little nit picky and a bit extreme (Ecc. 7:18) in their paranoia! Also, the book does not offer any solutions or suggestions of what materials to use, which I would have liked to see. Good read.
Paranoia Strikes Deep  Nov 26, 2002
This shrilly written and poorly edited book needs to be round filed and fast. Lack of facts coupled with quotes taken out of context. Sunday School teachers: run away fast from this book written (?) by paranoid Eagle Forum fanatics.
My Suspicions Have Been Confirmed  Nov 5, 2001
The authors have confirmed that Secular Humanistic material exists in the church. I noticed things myself when teaching Sunday school to 7th & 8th graders several years ago and could not believe my eyes. I admire and envy the authors' passion and how they are on fire for the Lord's work, until He comes again. This book is a must for Christian parents and Sunday school teachers.
Not everything in this book rises above junk food  Aug 20, 2001
While the authors justifiably attack the use of psychobabble and group dynamics that are marketed to youth groups these days, they also cast too wide a net and attack everything that just doesn't meet their taste.

A good example is their quick brush off of a wilderness expedition ministry in a few paragraphs without really justifying their position, right before they rightly take on a group dynamic exercise.

The worst chapter is their review of an Audio Adrenaline concert. They report that it was called The Zombie tour and leave the impression it might be occult oriented without even an honest discussion of the illustration from the lead singer's own missionary background. Comments made during the concert are also presented out of context-- though it's possible that irony is lost on the willfully ignorant. This whole chapter in a book on how feelings are taking over for good teaching is about how these women FELT about the concert.

An editor probably should have told them not to use so many exclamation points, also.

A discerning look at what we're allowing into our minds.  Jul 10, 1999
A fantastic book, full of quotes and scripture verses that reveal the truth about what is being fed into the minds of children and adults alike. The authors do an excellent job of going to the heart of the material by exposing what the originators of unbiblical teaching practices really believed. Have a pen or highlighter handy when you read this book!

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