Book Review: Teens and Sex

Paul David Tripp
P & R Publishing, June 2000, 28 pp., $2.99,

In this short, easy-to-hand-out-to-parents booklet, Tripp follows Jesus’ lead in the Sermon on the Mount. “Sex,” Tripp writes, “is never just a physical act; it is always a matter of the heart.”

Debunking the myth that abstinence is the highest goal we can set before teens, Tripp surveys the Scriptures to give adults a realistic look at how we should teach and counsel teens about sex. Though short, the booklet’s bulk adeptly lays out a biblical view of teens and sexuality, the contradictory voices teens hear, and how the church’s ambivalence toward sex sends teens looking elsewhere for answers. Once this foundation is laid, Tripp uses the final pages to deliver the bullet points of a threefold plan for helping teens with prevention, restoration, and strategizing for God-glorifying relationships.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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