Chased by an Elephant, is an important read for all parents to begin teaching children about sexuality, chastity, and appropriate gender roles that are currently under attack. I have included the following excerpts from the book to aid in your decision making.
“The misconduct many LDS parents fear most while raising their children is sexual immorality. Young peole acting out sexually results in tragic consequences. Besides the lost innocence, emotional problems, and physical health risks associated with these bad choices, church-related expections compound the problem. Due to unchastity, familes must deal with the shame and crisis of church disciple, an unwanted pregnancy, a postponed or cancelled mission or temple marriage, or a turning away from the Church.
The number of our young people involved in sexual sins has greatly increased in recent years. Some of the most stalwart-seeming youth find themselves involved in pornography, fornication, promiscuity, homosexuality, and the like. This trend is not surprising when you consider that American culture has become increasingly secular, sexually permissive, sand technological. All manner of propaganda is pervasive in mainstream forums, including our education systems from kindergarten through college. Combined, these conditions are unprecedented. Children of all ages are being bombarded with falsehoods about inherent male and female roles, sex and sexuality, love, marriage, procreation, religion, and history. This harmful exposure is evident in the lives of many young people through a variety of psychological problems including anxiety, depression, gender confusion, addictions, and even suicidality. ” Introduction for Parents, by Janice Barrett Graham.
“In a time when God’s standard for sexual morality is increasingly wash away by a flood of enticing, distorted material targeting vulnerable young people, this is more than an importan book for parents, teens, and church leaders, it is a MUST READ. Using marvelous metaphors and written with complelling clarity, Chased by an Elephant is a clarion call to every adult responsible for guiding children and youth through today’s licentious culture. Graham explores these critical issues of our time with clarity, intelligence and always from the perspective of gospel principles and the light of truth.” Kieth Merrill