I don’t often do book reviews, but here is one I thought I would pass along. It is an older book, but still worth reading. See if it’s available from your local library (if you are in Utah), or buy it at Amazon or eBay or Deseret Book. It’s worth having–I used to have a copy, but loaned it out so many times, I finally found someone who needed it more than I did!
The author, Randal A. Wright (Families in Danger: Protecting Your Family in an X-Rated World and Achieving Your Life Mission) asked approximately 500 adults from various states the following question: “What mistakes do you feel your parents made when you were growing up in their home?” Each of the 25 chapters in this book relates to the common mistakes mentioned, along with teachings of ancient and modern prophets on ways to avoid these mistakes.
With his characteristic ability to lighten the hard-hitting and often devastating statistics that he shares with his readers, Brother Wright again combines real-life, often amusing anecdotes to convey his deep convictions and to teach valuable lessons to parents regarding the dangers youth face today.
From the effects of the media to the intense need we all have for loving, physical intimacy, Brother Wright explores the most common things that good, loving LDS parents often overlook or have simply never understood.
Brother Wright has done a great service for LDS families with this landmark book. It should be read not only by parents, but by youth, as well.
By far, the chapter with greatest impact will be the chapter on dating. Brother Wright’s feelings about the fact that instead of saying “dating” to define “dating” (because everyone seems to have a differing viewpoint on what a date is), we could say “pairing off” (as President Kimball said)…it would raise the youth of the church to a whole new level.