Traditional Values that the Novel brings to Life
In Teens Fight Adult Corruption, R. A. "Buddy" Scott has captured the living skills and values that are being ignored and abandoned by many people in today's culture, and he has placed them in one volume to be preserved for all time.
And we are excited to report that the values and living skills taught in this novel are making a positive impact on teenagers throughout the world. Its power to inspire kids in positive directions began in early field-testing and continues today. Please e-mail us your good reports. Reading them gives us great encouragement and enhances our resolve to keep on keeping on. Send them to:
And remember, if you don't see immediate results, just pray and trust that the novel is turning up the volume on the still small voice within your teenager's conscience. Often the content of the novel has to simmer for a time before helping to cook up a new and improved life.
In Teens Fight Adult Corruption, teens are taught most of what parents are taught in Relief for Hurting Parents. That means that when both books are being read within the family, parents and teens are coming closer to agreeing on what needs to be done to restore relationships and heal injuries. An orchestrated effort is in process to help both parents and teens stop discording and start harmonizing again.
Teens are taught that decent parents are only asking that they be American citizens in their homes and communities--that they be legal, cooperative, and do their fair share. And that's not asking too much.
Teens are taught that parenting is designed by God to prepare kids for the real world--the world where rudeness, refusal to cooperate, smart-mouthing, screaming "I hate you," and illegal behavior will get them fired from their jobs, disliked in their neighborhoods, rejected by their spouses and children, in trouble with the police, and indebted to attorneys.
Teens are taught that appropriate behavior for themselves is not only society's responsibility (parents, grandparents, school officials, therapists, police personnel, juvenile authorities), but it is primarily their own responsibility.
Teens are taught that their future is in their choices. Their own choices shape their destiny more than any other factor.
Teens are taught that privacy is not something to which they are automatically entitled. Privacy is awarded to those who express maturity and earn trust.
Teens are taught that with understanding parents, teens can control how much privacy and freedom they enjoy by teaching their parents to trust them. Fair-minded parents respond with trust to teens who authenticate their trustworthiness.
Teens are taught that decent parents are not disposables. Decent parents are to be respected and obeyed in spite of the rebellious feelings that are often natural to adolescence. No family member has a right to take a few years off from being decent to other family members. They are taught that families are permanent: Their parents will become the grandparents of their children sooner than they can imagine.
Teens who are living in dysfunctional families are taught how to break free of the cycle rather than repeat it. They are taught how to survive when family life is mostly cloudy with a chance of severe storms.
Teens are taught that no matter how ugly things are or how nasty things get, they should always keep themselves encouraged by remembering to celebrate what's right with life. That will give them the passion to dream new dreams.
Teens are taught the top Fourteen Reasons Not to Commit Suicide. (The list begins on page 85 of Teens Fight Adult Corruption.)
Teens are taught that there are no parents who are always perfect, and that they are responsible to do right no matter what they think is wrong with their parents. They must be responsible for themselves and build on their parents' strengths, decide not to reproduce their parents' weaknesses, and not use family problems as excuses for running with the wrong crowd and getting into trouble.
Teens are taught that some of what they believe is wrong with their parents today will change, and they will someday respect what they presently call stupid. (It's amazing and amusing, but today's strong-willed kids often become tomorrow's strict parents, since they know what really goes on out in the world of the wrong crowd. When strong-willed teens turn toward right--and most do--they are frequently among the most active and courageous defenders of right...and many become leaders in our churches. Smile. It's true!)
Teens are taught that building their peer relationships on we-all-think-our-parents-are-stupid is weak and inappropriate.
Strong-willed teens, who do ungodly damage to their parents by destroying their parents' reputations in the community, are taught that they can undo much of the damage and actually have a better relationship with their parents than before the disaster began to occur.
Teens are taught that when they become more mature, it is right for them to make restitution to their parents and to forgive themselves.
Teens are taught that if they have been irresponsible and want to become responsible again, they must pay the price of teaching their parents and others to trust them again. They are responsible for giving the gift of relief and new hope to those they've injured.
Teens are encouraged to develop oases of friendship and support where it's in-style to do right and out-of-style to do wrong. They are inspired to muscle up and rise above problems, frustrations, and mistakes.
Teens are taught that by living true to the concepts and principles within their Strong Wills for the Strong Willed in the novel, they can succeed in life although bad things may have happened to them in their pasts, although they may have made mistakes themselves, and although there are pressures on them today.
Teens are taught that they can learn to achieve and succeed in life even if a few family members, school officials, students, or others put down their potential for success...and show favoritism to other kids.
Teens who have been forced, due to the remarriage or living-together arrangements of their parents, to live with other kids who make their space miserable are taught that they can survive those years without despairing or being destructive within their new living arrangements. Such impositions should not get to cause them too much harm.
Teens who have been the victims of crime--molestation, rape, or other offenses--are taught how to leave the insults of their offenders in the past where they belong, limiting the damage criminals get to do to them.
Teens are taught that there is a way for sexually molested people to feel untouched. The secret is within the novel.
Teens are taught that they haven't appropriately asserted their independence if they are refusing to conform to their parents while conforming to their friends. Being a conformist to the wrong crowd is falling short of being an independent person.
Teens are taught that negative rebellion is very costly, betraying the person exerting it by destroying the positive relationships in his or her life. Rebellious kids need to count the cost by asking:
Teens are taught that rebellion is like a honey bee--it has honey in its mouth and a stinger in its tail.
When a teenager thinks he or she can party now and repent later, he or she is gambling with his or her life and soul...and is trying to run a game on God. Not smart.
Teens are taught that although "everybody is doing it," it doesn't make it right. The domineering popular opinions of a population can be wrong. It has happened many times in history.
Teens are taught that the wrong crowd is not only the kids who are proud of what they should be ashamed of, but the wrong crowd can include adults who are proud of what they should be ashamed of (hence, the title: Teens Fight Adult Corruption). Teens are taught that they must sort adults, discard bad examples, and receive inspiration from good examples--mentors. And teens are taught not to allow college professors to convince them that their parents' values have to be deserted for the sake of achieving intellectual respect at institutions of higher learning. (The novel is an absolute MUST READ for every young person preparing to go to a college or university. It prepares them to remain strong when their values are attacked. Many open-minded professors are strangely closed-minded about traditional American moral values.)
Teens are taught that ignoring God is as serious as atheism, since it has the same outcome: facing eternity apart from God.
Teens are taught that when going through a giant disappointment, they should always choose to become better persons rather than bitter persons.
Teens are taught that God's favorite creative act is to bring good out of bad. They are challenged to stay true to their values and watch--with fascination--as good comes to pass.
Teens are taught that they can and should rise above the false belief that churches are disqualified by members who are hypocrites. How-to's are provided within Teens Fight Adult Corruption.
Teens are taught that God is not out to get us. He is out to forgive us. He wants us by His side--living loyal to Him, erect with dignity. Even during our worst, God wants to give us His best. He's only waiting for teens to stop investing themselves in wrongdoing and invest themselves in right doing (righteousness). Since God used a teenager to give birth to His Son, we know that He has a special place in His heart for teenagers.
Teens are taught that God not only is asking us to trust Him; He is trusting us, too! He is trusting us to get right with Him, forsake our mistakes, heal from our pasts, be an example to others, and pass help and hope along to others.
Teens are taught that truth and justice don't always come speeding down the freeway, but they always arrive.
Teens are taught that God votes for them. The pull of the wrong crowd and high-risk behavior votes against them. And they are the ones who are breaking the tie with each decision they make.
Teens are taught that no matter what mistakes they have made, may make, or how serious those mistakes are, forgiveness and fresh starts are ever available.
Teens are taught that they are responsible not to turn their hearts into warehouses for grudges. Instead, they are to forgive others.
Teens are taught the Golden Rule: To treat others as they like to be treated.
Teens are taught how to check their attitudes and behaviors before they express them, how to keep wisdom (maturity) over emotions and appetites.
Teens are taught to stabilize their lives with their faith in God, responsibility to God, and their wonderful goal of facing eternity with complete security.
In fact, you'll be fascinated by the counsel that is available for teens in Teens Fight Adult Corruption. The list above originally continued for 12 pages on buddyscott.com, but we shortened it in the interest of conserving space and your time. All parents and all teens should read the novel.