THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT: OUR COMING-OF-AGE CRISIS--AND HOW TO REBUILD A CULTURE OF SELF-RELIANCE by Ben Sasse

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It’s hard to argue with Sasse that we have a national catechesis problem. Millennials know little of American history and values. Look no further than the worrisome decline in their support for the First Amendment right to free speech. My review: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/book-review-vanishing-american-adult
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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In an era of safe spaces, trigger warnings, and an unprecedented election, the country's youth are in crisis. Senator Ben Sasse warns the nation about the existential threat to America's future.

Raised by well-meaning but overprotective parents and coddled by well-meaning but misbegotten government programs, America's youth are ill-equipped to survive in our highly-competitive global economy.

Many of the coming-of-age rituals that have defined the American experience since the Founding: learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant―are being delayed or skipped altogether. The statistics are daunting: 30% of college students drop out after the first year, and only 4 in 10 graduate. One in three 18-to-34 year-olds live with their parents.

From these disparate phenomena: Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse who as president of a Midwestern college observed the trials of this generation up close, sees an existential threat to the American way of life.

In The Vanishing American Adult, Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can't grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body―and explains how parents can encourage them.

Our democracy depends on responsible, contributing adults to function properly―without them America falls prey to populist demagogues. A call to arms, The Vanishing American Adult will ignite a much-needed debate about the link between the way we're raising our children and the future of our country.

Book Specifications
Release date: 2017-05-16
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 2017-05-16
Label: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 320
ASIN: 1250114403
ISBN: 1250114403
Height: 960
Length: 642
Weight: 110
Width: 116
Product Group: Book