Parenting Teens in a MySpace World

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Your teens live in another world. They encounter different sorts of challenges than you did. But you can learn how to help them navigate our increasingly superficial, politicized, and performance-driven world.

Authors Chap and Dee Clark are not only youth and family experts, they're also parents. In Disconnected, they put their years of research and experience to work to help you understand your teen. This up-to-date, realistic book doesn't ignore the harsh realities of adolescent life. It describes how things have changed since you were a teen and gives you ways to build your relationship with your teens while instilling in them the values they need to thrive in a MySpace world.


"No one writes more authentically, insightfully, realistically, hopefully, and readably than Chap and Dee about the vital topic of parenting. They 'get' teens and understand what it takes to reach them. No Pollyanna here. No formulas. Just hard-won, practical wisdom. Parents will find real help in these pages."--Dr. Larry Crabb, founder and director, New Way Ministries, author of Inside Out, Shattered Dreams, and The Papa Prayer

"If you are like most people, when you have a need, you go to the finest experts in the field to get help. Chap and Dee Clark are two of the world's experts on parenting teens. They have the credentials through their work as well as the wonderful job they have done parenting their own three kids. This will be the book I will pass out to parents of teens this year to give them insight and hope. I hope you love this book as much as I did."--Jim Burns, president, HomeWord; author, Creating An Intimate Marriage and Confident Parenting

"Disconnected brings together the best of the Clark's mind and heart. The kind of research Chap has done remains theoretical and distant until someone is willing to ask the 'So what? Now what?' questions. This book not only answers those questions but does so in practical, challenging, readable terms for parents-the most important 'youth workers' in the world. "--Marv Penner, professor of youth and family studies, Briercrest College and Seminary

"Just when I thought I've read every great book to help me as a parent and youth worker, here comes Disconnected. As a youth worker, I'm thrilled to have this for my parents, but as a father of three teenagers I'm more excited to have it for myself. I love having the latest developmental and cultural research digested in a way that provides me with some tangible and proactive handles on how to lead and love my children, both as a person and within their relationship with Christ. The insights into the stages of adolescence will definitely help me care for teenagers in this crazy culture and gently lead them to Jesus. Chap Clark has done it again by providing great help!"--Doug Fields, pastor to students, Saddleback Church; author, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry

"Today's parents face challenges that previous generations of parents never even imagined. The Clarks have written a compassionate and very practical resource that 21st century parents will find both enlightening and encouraging."--Wayne Rice, cofounder, Youth Specialties; founder, Understanding Your Teenager seminars

The Authors

  1. Chap Clark

    Chap Clark

    Chap Clark (PhD, University of Denver), one of today's leading voices in youth and young adult ministry, is senior pastor at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. He is also president of ParenTeen, works closely with Young...

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  2. Dee Clark

    Dee Clark

    Dee Clark is a family therapist and the coauthor of Let Me Ask You This and Daughters and Dads.

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