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Love Covers John 15:9-17

Love is something that makes us warm and secure -- and something that makes up for our coldness and insecurities. These are the two meanings of "Love Covers."

Know why parents take so many zillion pictures of their kids when they are adorable little babies? It's so when those cute little toddlers grow into teenagers, parents can frantically dig out all those old pictures and remind themselves of these easily forgotten facts: Those rebellious, hormone-crazed adolescents in the house really are their children and they really do love them.

The love/hate relationship between parents and teenagers is (in)famous. Psychologists, sociologists, physicians, therapists and counselors have at last found something they can agree on: Adolescence is a tough time for everyone to get through.

Author Anthony E. Wolf has caught the spirit of this struggle in a straight-forward, jargon-free little book whose title alone says it all: Get Out of My Life! But First, Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?: A Parents' Guide to the New Teenager (New York: Noonday Press, 1991). Wolf is writing for parents, but he presents the feelings and anxieties of...

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