Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Ascension Press; Stu Wkb edition (October 16, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #96,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #57 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Ministry & Evangelism > Youth Ministry #107 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Education > Children & Teens #1846 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Theology
I've heard talks by the authors of this book, read other publications by them, and this particular book was a textbook for one of my classes. The information is good, and very needed in our world today which is so bankrupt of depth and an authentic humanity. My low rating, however, is a result of two points I am quite passionate about.The most grievous complaint is that the title is misleading. I have read the original text of "Theology of the Body", and this book is not even close to representative of that work. A small portion of TOB is the entire focus of this book. This book is primarily about sex. TOB is not primarily about sex! JP2 did treat with it extensively, recognizing the need for something of the sort in the modern age, but it is in no way the focus of the book. Pretending that it is closely related to the original work is a bad trick to increase its authority and interest while demeaning the image and reputation of the original work.Secondly,apparently teens means children. The level of writing and the way in which the information is presented reminds me of all the things I hate about youth groups. The tone is sheltered and condescending in my opinion, and I am insulted that my teachers and the authors don't expect teenagers to be able to read beyond a sixth grade reading level. It would be so much better in most cases to just use the original text. I don't understand why I see so many adults who are afraid to treat students like they are growing into mature thinkers who can handle high level thinking. It might be harder that way, but more than worth the effort. It is very sad to see the youth group culture turn away the youth who thirst for more when it is available if only it were presented to them.
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