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Overview Dr. Kimmel helps to increase the chances that children will develop a vibrant faith early in life and stick with it into adulthood. He also provides help and hope for those already dealing with a rebellious teen.
Author of Grace-Based Parenting and the best-selling Little House on the Freeway, Dr. Tim Kimmel helps Christian parents avoid the potential problems their well-meaning parenting styles could create. This book offers a new way to look at the "ideal" Christian home and shows why "cocoon-style" Christian homes don't always work.
Many parents have "done it all" when it comes to the checklist of good Christian parenting, only to see their son or daughter step away from their belief system and embrace other lifestyle choices.
Dr. Kimmel helps to increase the chances that your children will develop a vibrant faith early in life and stick with it on into adulthood. It will also provide help and hope for those already dealing with a rebellious teen and teach them how to lead the child back into a walk of faith.
Awards and Recognitions Why Christian Kids Rebel: Trading Heartache for Hope by Tim Kimmel has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2005 Finalist - Family/Parenting category
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.22" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 20, 2004
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849918308 ISBN13 9780849918308 UPC 023755023858
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More About Tim Kimmel
Dr. Tim Kimmel is one of America's top advocates speaking for the family today. He is the Executive Director of Family Matters(R) whose goal is to equip families for every age and stage of life. A national speaker with organizations that include Promise Keepers and Focus on the Family, Tim has shared his message with millions of people. He is the author of several books, including Raising Kids For True Greatness andGrace-Based Parenting. All together, there are more than 800,000 books in print. Tim and his wife live in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Reviews - What do customers think about Why Christian Kids Rebel?
Excellent book for every Christian parent Mar 16, 2007
As a Christian parent I often feel intimidated by the task of passing my faith on to my children. I picked up this book from our church book table and am so glad that I did.
It was not so much about rebellion, as about how to raise your children to NOT see rebellion as an attractive option. What a weight was lifted off my shoulders as for the first time i really caught a vision of what path to follow to help my children grow up knowing and loving Christ.
The book has a message of truth and hope - not condemnation - though the author has strong things to say about what environments tend to breed rebellion. I highly recommend this book along with Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel.
Biblical Parenting Feb 18, 2007
Dr. Kimmel's book helped me understand a great deal of my own teenage rebellion years ago. I know that I am ultimately responsible. However, it comforted me to know why I was frustrated as a teenager and why I rebelled against my Christian faith for several years.
This book covers the different styles of parenting that breeds rebellion. It is a great read for students, adults, parents, and parents who no longer have children living at home.
I taught through this book in a parenting class. It proved to be very helpful to them. Some parents shied away from it because of the title. They didn't believe their kids were rebellious or ever would be. As Dr. Kimmel will state in his book, not every child rebels the same way. Their rebellion may come later when they are out of your house. This book is for everyone. Even for those parents who believe themselves to be the model parents who do not need a lesson on biblical parenting.
As for the student on the front of the book. I have been in youth ministry for many years now. I have also taught in Public and Private Schools. Is this what many teenagers "look" like. Yes it is. But the question is, "Should it be?" Whether you are a teenager or an adult... you should give a great deal of thought as to what it means to be in the world but not of it.
If you are a Christian... I believe the real issue is not clothes, hairstyle, piercings, etc. The real issue is Christ-likeness, holiness, being aliens and strangers in our modern day Babylon. Real Christians will understand this. The world will scoff at it. If Christian teenagers desire to look like the world... you know there is rebellion lurking in their hearts. Man's sinful nature says, "Express yourself!" The world seeks to throw off all forms of authority. Trust me... I remember why I got an ear ring when I was a teenager. I remember why I rebelled against my parents and the faith. I didn't see biblical Christianity matching up to what was modeled to me. I was tired of fighting against the grain of culture. "If you can't beat them, join them." This was my thinking. I did what I did out of pure human "free will" rebellion!
Of course, if the parents are dressing like the world, acting like the world, and are not modeling Christ in every way... the rebellion lurking in the child's heart may be a learned thing. Most of the time... this is the case. Although, you will occasionally have children who rebel despite their parents loving guidance.
All mankind is born rebellious. Man ultimately wants to do his own thing. This is not just a problem for teenagers, but for adults too. Every child should be given the opportunity to choose their own way when they reach a certain age. If the parent is confident in the way they have raised their child, they will have no problem releasing them to make their own decisions when they reach the time to leave the nest.
I have seen two extremes among parents: some let their children do whatever they want AND some do not allow them to make any decisions for themselves at all. These children do not have the true love of God modeled to them. They have parents who parent by worldly wisdom. If you're not willing to let your child choose his own way at the end of high school (and possibly sooner) then you haven't done a very good job of parenting.
I highly recommend Dr. Kimmel's book. If you are a worldly person... this book will not be of much help to you. However, if you are a Christian and are concerned about biblical parenting or you were a rebellious teenager years ago... this book is for you!
Absurd, irrational, insane, and vomit-worthy Dec 15, 2006
I would like to know what this author is a "doctor" of? I find it somewhat surprising that someone can go through that much schooling without once encountering information which completely counters the absurd beliefs he holds. Rebellion is about releasing humanity from the clutches of social conditioning. We have obedience and conformity to authority smashed into our heads from the moments we're born, brainwashed by television and school to believe in our nation, economic system, and give up your life and time to work for someone else, lead an insignificant life destroying the Earth to die at the end of it all.
Religion is a product of modern society. Humans have existed for over 2 million years and we've existed in our current species, homo sapien sapien, for over 100,000 years. Religion is only 10,000 years old and Christianity is only 2000 years old. Were we seriously "living in sin" for 99.9% of human history? And even when you look at us now compared to the amount of people who do not fully embrace evangelical christianity, are 97% of us "living in sin?" Religion was created as an arm of the state to help the coersion of humans into obedient workers for an absurd society. This is not a dissenting opinion, it's mainstream anthropology. Religion is made to enforce authoritarian ideals and beat people into a point where they submit willingly and do not naturally rebel against the horrible force of law and morality (Carefully crafted to meet the needs of the power elite), continuously using the truncheon physically and psycologically to control us from reaching our true potentials of real freedom, autonomy, and liberation. By society's definition, freedom is the ability to do what the government deems unimportant.
If you want to help your kids, tell them to think for themselves, live free of all restrictions and resist any social force which limits their ability to exist freely. Tell them that one day we will tear all this down and dance on the ashes of churches, corporations, governments, and economies, and once again embrace our truest and most amazing desires in voluntary association with humans, non-humans, and the Earth.
If you want a wakeup call from the horrible and miserable daily reality authors like this seek to defend and enforce, read books by Derrick Jensen, Daniel Quinn, Crimethinc, and Raoul Vaneigem
Plant your rebellious seeds, revolt against the prevailing artificial reality, fight the revolution of everyday life!
Hilarious Sep 25, 2006
As A high school teacher by day and a college professor by night, I find it quite funny that the cover of this book is intended to depict a "rebel teenager" when infact the boy pictured looks more "normal" than almost any teenager I know. Get a grip folks. Teenagers are teenagers, let them do as they please, they will learn by thier own experiences not by force-fed scripture.
Having read this book (unlike another reviewer), I found it to be convicting to me as a Christian parent as well as inspiring. He gives the 8 reasons that kids rebel and does talk about rebellion but a large part of his focus is on the Christian parent. His 5 chapters on flawed Christianity (Compulsory Christianity, Cliche Christianity, Comfortable Christianity, Cocoon Christianity, and Compromised Christianity) will help each parent evaluate their own Christian life and hopefully spur them to want to live as God would want us to which will in turn inspire our children to do the same. He also gives great helps for reaching out to a rebellious child. I like a quote by Mini Louise Haskin that he ends his chapter on Cocoon Christianity with: "I said to the man at the gate of the year, "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied, "Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than the known way." This book is great for all Christian parents, those whose kids are in active rebellion and those who are not. For those parents whose children are not in rebellion currently, this book really gives you insight in how to handle rebellion when children do (which as he states in this book may need to be part of their spiritual pilgrimage) His focus is on raising spiritually strong kids, not spiritually safe kids. I highly recommed this book to all Christian parents.