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The Stranger in Your House, by Gregory L. Jantz PhD w/Ann McMurray

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If you feel challenged by the teenager or pre-teen living with you, open the door to hope with The Stranger in Your House.


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The Stranger in Your House, by Gregory L. Jantz PhD w/Ann McMurray, David C. Cook, 2011, 240 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1434766229, $14.99

Who are you and what have you done with my child?

Opens Dr. Jantz’s new release with an overview of the rocky road of adolescence, what is normal, what isn’t, what to expect and when to be alarmed. Parents learn to determine whether their teen’s behavior is the “natural angst of their age…or if something more serious is going on.”

Ten chock full chapters of information, insights and practical tips explore:

  • Depression—whether it’s a passing phase or more serious.
  • Hormones effects on behavior.
  • Suicidal warnings—what they are, when and where to get help.
  • Withdrawal, anger, rage, sadness, hopelessness.
  • Guilt, self-esteem issues, lack of concentration.
  • Poor school performance, peer influence.
  • Parental anger, powerful parenting.
  • Developmental differences in girls and boys.
  • Passing the baton of faith, teens in a “faith crisis.”

Anecdotal narratives begin each chapter with illustrations of the problem and end with “Bringing it Home,” a segment of activities and self-evaluation questions to consider.

Jantz recommends the completion of each chapter before going on to the next and when the book is finished, to reread what you recorded. He believes parents will be surprised at what has changed and what remains consistent. While the book’s focus is teenagers, he writes, “…it’s also a book about you…” the parent.

In an interview with the publisher Jantz was asked what “teens need most from parents?” He answered, “…understanding…space…boundaries…parental relationship.” His book encourages that and more.

Jantz’s insightful advice, articulate writing and authoritative, professional tone combine with documented research to make this an excellent curriculum choice for church parenting groups as well as parents. If you feel challenged and stressed over the teenager or pre-teen living with you, open the door to hope with The Stranger in Your House. The book is helpful for any parent who needs encouragement through the roller-coaster ride of adolescence. The final chapter on God, faith and parents is worth the entire book.

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