A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World

A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World

by John Stonestreet, Brett Kunkle

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A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World by John Stonestreet, Brett Kunkle


We don’t have to lose the next generation to culture. In this practical guide, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle explore questions including:

  • What unseen undercurrents are shaping twenty-first-century youth culture?
  • Why do so many kids struggle with identity?
  • How do we talk to kids about same-sex marriage and transgenderism?
  • How can leaders steer kids away from substance abuse and other addictions?
  • How can we ground students in the biblical story and empower them to change the world? 
With biblical clarity, this is the practical go-to manual to equip kids to rise above the culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434711014
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 208,105
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


John Stonestreet is president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, the cohost of BreakPoint, and the coauthor of several books. Brett Kunkle is the student impact director at Stand to Reason, with more than twenty-five years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students. John and Brett are sought-after public speakers who address tens of thousands of students, teachers, parents, and pastors each year. John lives with his family in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Brett lives with his family in Southern California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 17

Part 1 Why Culture Matters

1 What Culture Is and What It Does to Us 25

2 Keeping the Moment and the Story Straight 41

3 A Vision of Success 59

Part 2 A Read of the Cultural Waters

4 The Information Age 77

5 Identity after Christianity 97

6 Being Alone Together 115

7 Castrated Geldings and Perpetual Adolescence 131

Part 3 Pounding Cultural Waves

8 Pornography 155

9 The Hookup Culture 169

10 Sexual Orientation 187

11 Gender Identity 205

12 Affluence and Consumerism 223

13 Addiction 239

14 Entertainment 259

15 Racial Tension 279

Part 4 Christian Worldview Essentials

16 How to Read the Bible 297

17 Why to Trust the Bible 309

18 The Right Kind of Pluralism 321

19 Taking the Gospel to the Culture 335

Notes 341

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A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Well-written, caring, loving book for our culture. So necessary for Christians who love their kids, friends, relatives, acquaintances in a world where truth is sadly considered an opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, a book comes along that makes me want to buy a whole case and give a copy to everyone I meet. A Practical Guide to Culture is that book. In it, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle pull no punches and shy away from no topics in their effort to help parents walk their kids through a secular culture that has become empty of meaning. In fact, after I had read about four chapters, I sent an email out to several friends who are parents of teenagers and young adults. I asked if they'd like to read through it together and meet weekly to discuss each chapter. That's how impressed I am with this book, and how important I think it is. The book begins with a very helpful definition of what culture is, how it is formed, how it forms us, and why it is so important. It then goes on to define “the Big Story of reality," the Scriptures, which describe reality as it really is. Cultural mindsets shift, but reality doesn't change. As Stonestreet and Kunkle put it, "One might refuse to believe in gravity, but stubbornness doesn't change truthfulness." The Scriptures are like gravity—they are true whether or not we believe them. This lays the groundwork to get into some hot-button topics like homosexuality, transgenderism, pornography, "hook-up culture," consumerism, addiction, entertainment, and racial tension. These subjects are all treated with biblical clarity and compassion. Rounding out the book is an accessible and practical description of the Christian worldview, “the Big Story of reality." We can only live biblically in our culture if we understand how to read the Bible and how its message contrasts with the worldview of those around us. When they say this is a "practical" guide to culture, they aren't kidding. The book is laid out with easy-to-read informative sections, and each chapter ends with action steps and discussion questions. This is a perfect book to read and discuss with your teen or young adult. In fact, I would say it's imperative. This will empower you as a parent to initiate conversations with your kids about everything they will face in culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, a book comes along that makes me want to buy a whole case and give a copy to everyone I meet. A Practical Guide to Culture is that book. In it, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle pull no punches and shy away from no topics in their effort to help parents walk their kids through a secular culture that has become empty of meaning. In fact, after I had read about four chapters, I sent an email out to several friends who are parents of teenagers and young adults. I asked if they'd like to read through it together and meet weekly to discuss each chapter. That's how impressed I am with this book, and how important I think it is. The book begins with a very helpful definition of what culture is, how it is formed, how it forms us, and why it is so important. It then goes on to define “the Big Story of reality," the Scriptures, which describe reality as it really is. Cultural mindsets shift, but reality doesn't change. As Stonestreet and Kunkle put it, "One might refuse to believe in gravity, but stubbornness doesn't change truthfulness." The Scriptures are like gravity—they are true whether or not we believe them. This lays the groundwork to get into some hot-button topics like homosexuality, transgenderism, pornography, "hook-up culture," consumerism, addiction, entertainment, and racial tension. These subjects are all treated with biblical clarity and compassion. Rounding out the book is an accessible and practical description of the Christian worldview, “the Big Story of reality." We can only live biblically in our culture if we understand how to read the Bible and how its message contrasts with the worldview of those around us. When they say this is a "practical" guide to culture, they aren't kidding. The book is laid out with easy-to-read informative sections, and each chapter ends with action steps and discussion questions. This is a perfect book to read and discuss with your teen or young adult. In fact, I would say it's imperative. This will empower you as a parent to initiate conversations with your kids about everything they will face in culture.