From Sponges to Teflon

When children are young, they absorb what their parents teach them like sponges. There is no questioning and no doubt. While they may react to rules and restrictions with tantrums, when it comes to understanding, they nonetheless look to their parents as the definitive source of all truth.

Then comes adolescence, when it can seem like the imparting of parental wisdom slides off children as though they were Teflon. This is not only universal and natural, it’s actually good. Good that young people reject the wisdom of their parents? Good that they come to understand the reasoning behind that wisdom, so that they can make it their own. It is a natural and necessary part of growing into adulthood. Unfortunately, some young people can get derailed in this process and remain sponges. They still rebel against the automatic acceptance of parental wisdom, but instead of working through the process of understanding it, they simply start absorbing “truth” from another source, like their peers or social media.

You can’t force understanding, but you can encourage wonder and examination. In the paranormal crime thriller, Essence, questions of truth, good, evil, and faith are interwoven into both real-life and supernatural scenarios. The problems of suffering and doubt, as universal as rebellion in adolescence, are confronted head-on, with the exhilaration of a thriller and the intrigue of the paranormal. Essence may be just the thing to lead a teenager out of the angst of modern-day group-think, to the peace of rational understanding and faith. (Available on Amazon).

Primordium, a soon-to-be-released young adult thriller, features a teenage lab technician, Noah Bolton, who uncovers secrets of corruption, falsified data, murder, and a human monster kept hidden in the restricted wing of his research facility. Through twists and turns, the reader is confronted with questions of ethics, self-worth, and the rights of the individual versus the “good of society.”

We hope both of these novels will help young people make a successful transition from sponges to independent, rational, thinking adults.

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