Book: Messengers in Denim - The Amazing Things Parents Can Learn from Teens by Dr. Parnell Donahuecategories: Book, Spirituality, Teenagers, Parenting, Fatherhood, Suicide, STDs, Aids, Teen Sexuality, Anger, Adolescents, Teens and Work, Peer Pressure, Family Health
Parnell Doanhue, M.D.about this book: "Messengers in Denim" is a collections of stories told to me by teenagers of events in their lives. These stories were special because they were in fact, unknown to the teens, lessons in living or in parenting. They became a parenting book; but not an ordinary "how to parent" book, but a "how to be a parent" book. There is a difference as the reader will see.
When I began to treat teenagers I was excited with the thought of being able to help many parents, teens, and families avoid some of the problems which afflict so many teens. But, I was soon surprised to learn that problems teens and their parents face were often of long standing duration and fixing them was long term and difficult. These problems, I thought, were better prevented than treated!
Thus this book is directed to parents with kids of any age. Reading it is especially helpful for the couple who has not yet had any kids, but every parent can profit by reading Messengers! Grandparents, too, will find it helpful in dealing with the loves of their lives, grandkids.
"Messengers in Denim" was at least 10 years in the making. The biggest problem was finding a publisher interested in teenagers, "Nobody even likes teens!" I was told over and over again. Finally a publisher recognized what I had called, Teen Wisdom, Life Lessons I learned from Teens, was in fact a parenting book and advised me to change the focus and he would publish it.
This change sent me to the Vanderbilt University Medical School Library where I spent many afternoons. Fortunately, they have an on-line connection and with the help of my three sons who are faculty at the medical school I learned how to maneuver the computer to find what I needed.
Even though the research was long and difficult, and the writing was an arduous task I am very pleased with the result; a unique parenting book which Midwest Review called "Timeless."
The publisher, my family, and I struggled with the title finally my sister in law Doreatha Page suggested, "Messengers in Denim." She took the title from the last page of the book where I said, "Your teenager is still the angel you held in your arms a decade ago, only now your angel is wearing denim…."
"Messengers" last paragraph tells why I worked so hard for so many years and what I hope readers will learn. "Fathering four children as been the highlight of my life…. I never imagined that parenting could be so much fun and so rewarding. My prayer is that reading this book, has helped you so that you too, can have an equally wonderful experience as a parent."
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