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two new books for parents

well, here’s some fun news. i had a couple new books release last week while i was on vacation. a fun box of ’em was waiting for me when i got home! they’re the first two books in a series of five. each one is short and easy-to-read (but still packed with helpful info and ideas), written for parents of teenagers. they’re intentionally small and short for a couple reasons: first, i wanted to create something that any parent could/would read; and second, i wanted them to be super-inexpensive. simply youth ministry was great with that vision, and these babies are exactly what i’d hoped they could be.

there are three more books in the series somewhere in development. each will release in the next six months or so (the remaining three are on “teenage brains,” “social media,” and “sex and dating”).

i co-authored these first two, and was super pleased with the work of brock morgan and brooklyn lindsey, two youth ministry friends of mine with whom i have great history and trust, and in whom i have great respect.

both books are available in print and download versions on The Youth Cartel store (follow the links below), or on amazon or the simply site or any other place you might buy books.

A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls by Marko & Brooklyn Lindsey – $6.99

Change is an inevitable part of life. So why are most of us parents shocked and surprised when our daughters change in unexpected, dramatic, significant ways once they hit the teen years? Girls go through their most dramatic developmental changes during adolescence. And they need parents to be there, just as present and involved as when our little girls were, well, still little girls!

As you read through the pages of A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls, veteran youth workers Brooklyn Lindsey and Mark Oestreicher will help you re-examine some assumptions and misunderstandings about this season of life. Then, from a place of trust in God, you will gain a fresh perspective on who your daughter is and who she’s becoming.

This book explores the major changes of adolescence, the influence of parents and friends, the onslaught of feelings and how to respond, and the significance of celebrating milestones in a girl’s life.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls will offer wisdom, insight, and encouragement to respond well, react wisely, and engage effectively. This book is also an ideal resource to prepare you and your daughter for the impending season of change and transformation, if you aren’t there quite yet.

Print version

Digital version

A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage GuysA Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Guys by Marko & Brock Morgan

“Brock and Marko have written a comprehensive, practical, and truly helpful book on the complicated struggle that our boys experience on their way to becoming the men God wants them to be. As a mother of one of these exasperating, wonderful creatures (whom I adore in spite of both of us) I highly recommend it.”—Katie Lee Gifford

God wants to do amazing things in your son’s life—and wants you to play an integral role in that adventure. Raising a son to become a God-honoring man is no easy task. It’s complex, it’s dynamic, and it requires a lifetime of investment. But authors Brock Morgan and Mark Oestreicher know it can be done—confidence that’s rooted in their individual journey of faith and in their experience as longtime youth workers.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Guys will help you discover insights on shepherding your son, preparing him to take the reins of his life, and helping him confront the extreme struggles every guy faces—such as loneliness, anger, lust, apathy, and technology. They can pursue a life that challenges the values of our culture and experience a life lived for God.

This book will enlighten, encourage, and equip you as a parent. And if you’re a youth worker, you’ll want to put this book into the hands of parents of the young men in your ministry as you walk alongside them.

Print version

Digital version

(did you see that? we got an endorsement from kathie lee gifford! for reals!)

if this kid wrote a book, i’d read it

publisher’s weekly is the graceful old behemoth of approval in the publishing world. so, when they publish a letter written by a (shockingly articulate) 13 year-old boy named max leone, about what teen guys want in books, it will actually shape things. anyone who loves middle schoolers will love this kid (though he’d likely role his eyes at me/us and tell us to get a life). seriously, publishers not only salivate for this kind of kid as a reader, i’m sure there are already mulitple publishers trying to track him down for a book proposal. and what youth worker wouldn’t hope for a couple of these guys in our middle school groups?

here’s an absolutely classic paragraph from his letter:

And then there are the vampires and other supernatural creature that appear in many contemporary teen novels. Vampires, simply put, are awesome. However, today’s vampire stories are 100 pages of florid descriptions of romance and 100 pages of various people being emo. However much I mock the literature of yesteryear, it definitely had it right when it came to vampires. The vampire was always depicted as a menacing badass. That is the kind of book teenage boys want to read. Also good: books with videogame-style plots involving zombie attacks, alien attacks, robot attacks or any excuse to shoot something.

but, this final point of his really sums it up in a way that reflects what we’ve been trying to do with our line of books for students here at youth specialties:

Finally, here is what I consider the cardinal rule of writing for young adults: Do Not Underestimate Your Audience. They actually know a lot about what’s going on in politics. They will get most of the jokes you expect them not to. They have a much higher tolerance for horror and action than most adults. Most of the books I read actually don’t fall under the “young adult” category. I can understand the humor in Jon Stewart’s or Stephen Colbert’s books as well as any adult.

(ht to ypulse for the link)