Book Review: Protecting Your Child from Predators by Beth Robinson & Latayne C. Scott

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Protecting Your Child from Predators: How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger by Beth Robinson and Latayne C. Scott

About the Book

Even good parents often underestimate the dangers their children face. Research indicates that one in four females and one in six males are sexually abused before age eighteen. In most cases, the enemy is not a faceless stranger; it’s someone you know and trust – a neighbor, a coach, or even a family member.

This book provides practical steps to ensure you’re doing all you can to reduce the risks of abuse. But since you cannot be with your children 24/7, it goes beyond what you can do as a parent to teach you how to increase your child’s own awareness and strategies in the face of potential dangers – without making them fearful.

Dr. Robinson, whose decades-long practice focuses on abused and endangered children, calls on her own case studies to show age-appropriate conversation starters for parents, teaching them how to ask the right questions and provide the right boundaries.

This book will help you move from fear to confidence on this heavy topic that is just too important to ignore.

My Personal Review ~ 4.5 stars

Protecting Your Child From Predators: How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger is a great resource for parents concerning the subjects of sexuality, sexual abuse, and how to protect their children in this area. I found this book very informational, and I plan on referencing it in the future if I have children of my own. And even just as an older sister and someone who works with children, it’s helpful to know things to look for and be aware of.

The fact is, we live in a fallen world. Because of sin, God’s beautiful, perfect design for our sexuality and sexual intimacy is sometimes perverted in awful ways. Too often, we hear heartbreaking stories of sexual abuse and harm. Protecting Your Child From Predators takes a serious, faith-based approach and helps you understand how to talk with your young children to teenagers about sexuality, God’s good plan, and what is a safe or unsafe touch, etc.

Beth Robinson, a licensed professional counselor, and Latayne C. Scott talk about the dangers of the internet and the sexual predators who infiltrate this realm. As well as date rape and being aware of those who seek to lure young teens into sex trafficking. But they also make it clear that sexual abuse often happens where we thought there was safety … such as in church or at the hands of family members or long-time family friends.

We must not live in fear, but the authors stress that being aware and having knowledge about these things are vital. As parents, you should be taking practical steps to keep your children safe. Just talking to them and making them aware of their value as a human created in God’s image and the sacredness of their sexuality is huge! This book talks about the boundaries that children should know that “safe adults” have … and if any adult oversteps that, your child has the right to say “no!”.

Protecting Your Child from Predators is a book I would recommend highly. I feel it turns our gaze to Christ and takes a practical approach instead of filling the reader with fear. Yes, there are dangers in this world. We should do our part to protect those entrusted into our care. But then we entrust them into God’s hands and care. And know that there is healing and hope, even in the case of sexual abuse! Our Father is a great healer.

I received a copy of Protecting Your Child from Predators from Bethany House Publishers. This review is honest and all my own.

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Book Review: Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller

Hello, friends! I’m going to start reviewing some fiction on this blog, since I’m stepping back from my book blog – Between the Pages of This Bookish Life. Hope you enjoy!

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Underestimating Miss Cecilia {Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #2} by Carolyn Miller

My Review ~ 4 stars

A sweet read! If you know me, you know that I’m a big fan of historical fiction. The Regency era is an especially lovely time to read about, what with the proper courtships, gentlemen and ladies, and dances in abundance. Carolyn Miller has definitely become a favorite when it comes to this genre. The way that she weaves faith into her romance stories is something that I really appreciate and admire. Her characters experience genuine walks with God – there are soul deep conversions, intense moments of surrender, prayers and seeking, and lots about righteousness and justice. Pretty much faith permeates this novel; it’s not just something that’s carelessly added in so it can be marketed as Christian fiction.

Underestimating Miss Cecilia is the second book in the REGENCY BRIDES: DAUGHTERS OF AYNSLEY series. Cecilia is the second eldest of three sisters, and has long since had a crush on Ned Amherst, who lives on the estate next to hers. With her older sister, Caroline, recently married, and their younger sister, Verity, always causing trouble, Cecilia struggles to keep the peace in the home she shares with her unbelieving parents. They just want her married off to a suitable man, and acting like a normal young English lady. But Cecilia longs for them to understand her intimate faith with Christ and her deep sense of justice for the gypsies and other lower class people.

I enjoyed Cecy’s story! It was fun and had exciting twists. It was also bittersweet, with depth. I loved seeing this quiet young woman’s journey of growing closer to God and surrendering all her desires and dreams to Him. Sometimes I saw myself in her! I truly appreciate reading about characters that I relate to. It can make a novel quite meaningful!

Underestimating Miss Cecilia was really a thoughtful story. The romance was tender and sweet and clean. There were a lot of serious ideas and teachable moments. I feel like this author writes with purpose, and I look forward to picking up Misleading Miss Verity when it releases!

I received a complimentary copy of Underestimating Miss Cecilia from Kregel Publications. This review is honest and all my own.