Kresta in the Afternoon – October 17, 2018 – Hour 1

  • Description: Our Guest Host today is Jerry Usher

+  Preparing our Kids for Touch Moral Choices

  • Description: A generation ago, Christian parents didn’t have to worry about how to explain transgenderism to their nine-year-old, or help their teenager deal with mockery at school for believing in traditional marriage. But today, as our culture’s moral center continues to fly apart and with every form of deviance publicly aired and celebrated, we have no choice but to equip our kids to understand and to own the truth about such issues. It’s not easy, though—these are sensitive questions, and with the wrong approach we can harm our kids’ innocence even as we try to preserve it. We talk with Leila Miller.
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    • Leila Miller
      Leila Miller is the author of Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak. She blogs at Little Catholic Bubble and is a contributor to Catholic Answers Magazine Online. Leila and her husband have eight children and several grandchildren. She and her family live in Phoenix.
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    • Made this Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Choices

      A generation ago, Christian parents didn t have to worry about how to explain transgenderism to their nine-year-old, or help their teenager deal with mockery at school for believing in traditional marriage. But today, as our culture s moral center continues to fly apart and all publicly aired and celebrated, we have no choice but to equip our kids to understand and to own the truth about such issues. In Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today s Tough Moral Issues, Leila Miller and Trent Horn give parents (guardians and teachers, too!) crucial tools and techniques to form children with the understanding they need appropriate to their age and maturity level to meet the world s challenges. Their secret lies in an approach that begins not with the Bible or Church teaching but with the natural law. In kid-friendly ways, Miller (Primal Loss) and Horn (Persuasive Pro-Life) help you communicate how the right way to live is rooted in the way we re made. God s design for human nature is a blueprint or owner s manual for moral living that any child can grasp through reason and apply to modern controversies over sex, marriage, life... and the quest for human fulfillment. Topics covered include Living Together Outside of Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, Divorce, Contraception, Abortion, Reproductive Technologies, Modesty, Pornography, Transgenderism, Homosexuality. Silence can no longer be an option. If we re not teaching our children how to understand tough moral issues, then the world will. Read Made This Way and learn how to give your kids a firm foundation on which to build a life of moral clarity and happiness. (learn more)

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    • Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak

      Seventy now-adult children of divorce give their candid and often heart-wrenching answers to eight questions (arranged in eight chapters, by question), including: What were the main effects of your parents' divorce on your life? What do you say to those who claim that "children are resilient" and "children are happy when their parents are happy"? What would you like to tell your parents then and now? What do you want adults in our culture to know about divorce? What role has your faith played in your healing? Their simple and poignant responses are difficult to read and yet not without hope. Most of the contributors--women and men, young and old, single and married--have never spoken of the pain and consequences of their parents' divorce until now. They have often never been asked, and they believe that no one really wants to know. Despite vastly different circumstances and details, the similarities in their testimonies are striking; as the reader will discover, the death of a child's family impacts the human heart in universal ways. (learn more)

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+  Justice for Christian Fire Chief

+  A Three (and a Half) Step Plan for Reforming the Church

  • Description: Faithful Catholics are understandably distressed over the scandalous revelations about our church. Sexual abuse of minors, sexual harassment of seminarians, cover-ups by bishops are all part of the mix, not to mention financial malfeasance for good measure. People may wonder, “What can I do about all this?” Jennifer Roback Morse joins us with a three (and a half) step plan.
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    • Jennifer Roback Morse
      Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Ruth Institute, which equips people to defend traditional Christian sexual morality. She is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Why the Church Was Right All Along.
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    • The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Why the Church Was Right All Along

      The Sexual Revolution—and the breakdown of the Family—has brought misery to millions. In The Sexual State Jennifer Roback Morse shows that the Sexual Revolution did not just “happen” like a force of nature. Rather, it was deliberately created by “elites,” harnessing the power of the State, allowing them inflict three false and calamitous ideologies—contraception, divorce, and gender—that have led to widespread and profound unhappiness, and worse. The ideas of the Sexual Revolution did not emerge from the lived experiences of ordinary people, the government has been imposing the morality of an out-of-touch elite class on the rest of us for decades. The Sexual State turns the conventional wisdom on its head to reveal how:

      • The Sexual Revolution is and always has been a creation of the State
      • Social issues are unified and can be understood as the outgrowth of a few simple (but gravely flawed) principles.
      • The Sexual Revolution hides its totalitarian objectives behind seemingly modest demands.
      • Children have identity and relational rights with respect to their parents…and how the Sexual State denies children these rights
      Social conservative ideas and traditional Catholic morality are getting clobbered. And the dirty secret that no one wants to acknowledge—until now!—is that the progressive social elites have rigged the system. Most people don’t love abortion, or divorce, or single-parent families! Thankfully, Dr. Morse, and the Catholic Church, have the answer. It is vital that those who would change the culture understand how we got there, otherwise, the countering tactics will remain impotent. In this masterful take-down of the Sexual Revolution and its promoters, Morse calls for a widespread adherence to the principles of the Church. Only then will our society recover from the misrule of the “elites” and the “managerial class.” (learn more)

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