Monday, September 19, 2011

Plugged-In Parenting by Bob Waliszewski

Few books have been so interesting and worthy of sharing with  my friends as much as this one.  Bob Waliszewski is the familiar guy behind the voice that you hear on the radio for those short Plugged in movie reviews put out by Focus on the Family.  Having listened to those quite a few times before, I had a pretty good idea of what I would be getting from his book.  And I was not disappointed.

I would most recomend this book to parents of teens, especially if you have never set any guidelines for their media selections.  Waliszewski lays out some solid Biblical principles for every parent.  But what I liked most was his suggestions for handling some of the "stickier" issues involved.  Whenever you decide to limit what your children (especially teens) are going to watch or listen to, their friends will hear about it.  He gives real life strategies for how to discuss these issues with the other parents involved.  Some parents may not know the danger involved because they do not know what their child is playing on his or her ipod, or what they are watching in that seemingly innocent movie.

Let's face it, not every parent, even Christian parents will agree on media choices.  But his emphasis is on parents being proactive.  Don't be afraid to ask questions, find out information, and be straightforward with your children about the boundaries your family will have for media choices.

My one hangup with the book and the Plugged in ministry in general is the fact that somebody is reviewing all of this media and exposing themselves to a whole lot of ugliness just so they can post a Christian review of it. 

That was just kind of a nagging thought I had. . .

That being said, the book is worth reading, especially if you have children or work in youth ministry.  I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a fair and honest review.