This is the cover of "Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character and Faith" by Marybeth Hicks. The book is reviewed by Agostino Bono. (CNS)
"Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character and Faith" by Marybeth Hicks. Howard Books (New York, 2014). 275 pp., $24.
For middle-class Catholic parents clueless about methods for incorporating moral values into their children's upbringing, "Teachable Moments" can provide a start.
For those having already dipped into the grab bag of self-help literature on dealing with pre-teens and teens in today's multicultural and digital social media world, the book may seem to belabor the obvious at best and grind some political axes at worst. The good news is that it outlines a workable approach for how to present moral and character-building lessons to kids.
Spoiler alert: Author Marybeth Hicks is a cultural warrior much closer to Bill O'Reilly than Bill Maher with her views woven into some of her parenting advice. Those sharing her side of the battle line will find the book of much more practical value than those on the other side or those trying to evaluate situations on their own merits.