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Chapter by Chapter Synopsis of How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception

May 20th, 2013 Posted in LT Author News, new releases, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT, Publishing News | Comments Off on Chapter by Chapter Synopsis of How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception

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Lighthouse Trails Publishing’s newest release: How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception

BOOK INFORMATION:
336 PAGES, $14.95 (quantity discounts)
AUTHOR: BERIT KJOS OF KJOS MINISTRIES
Available now for pre-order (ships by May 29th)
RELEASE DATE: MAY 28TH, 2013

CHAPTER BY CHAPTER SYNOPSIS

Chapter 1: Children at Risk

A whole new generation of children is being drawn into the New Age/New Spirituality, and it is happening right under their parents’ noses. While some of us grieve the real-world consequences of this cultural revolution, a rising chorus of voices are now demanding acceptance of today’s paradigm shift.

Chapter 2: The Armor of God

Berit emphasizes the armor of God throughout the book. Here she describes what the armor is, how we can “put it on,” and how we can teach our children to wear it. In a world where public schools, television, movies, and popular music all offer tempting counterfeits of what God promises His people, there is only one safe place for our children: in the loving arms of the Shepherd.

Chapter 3: Schools & the War on Christianity

The New Age is in our public schools, and Christianity is its enemy. Through textbooks, educational associations, and government agendas, Christianity has been eradicated out of the school system. Secular humanism and Marxism have replaced morality and biblical values. The book identifies six strategies being used to instill these replacements into the lives of countless school-age children. Indoctrinating students with diverse beliefs, socialist values, utopian dreams, and idealized love leads to deception, disillusionment, corruption, and chaos.

Chapter 4: What Can Parents Do About the War on Christianity?

The first of several chapters that offers point by point biblical, practical, and effective advice on how to teach and equip your children to love and follow the Lord, to abide in His Word, to recognize spiritual deception, and to know how to stand courageously in an increasingly corrupt and lost world. In this chapter, common sense and wise ideas are explained on how to protect your children if they are attending public schools. For example, knowing what your legal rights are as a parent is vital to your child’s safety. And how can you make sure your child is spiritually prepared to enter a secular situation?

Chapter 5: Schools & the Promotion of Corrupting Values

Schools teach values, whether they admit it or not. But the values being taught in today’s public schools are more and more based, not on biblical values, but rather immoral anti-biblical values such as abortion, homosexuality, sex education, and evolution through “values clarification.” Values clarification is neutral, say public education change agents, since every value is as valid as any other. Yet at the same time, they hold to the belief that there are no absolute values—thereby contradicting their claim to a neutral unbiased position. This chapter identifies certain biases that have a detrimental effect on children’s lives.

Chapter 6: How to Guard Your Child Against Corrupting Values

How can you teach your child to love God and love His values as well? This chapter gives some wonderful guidelines on how to do that. For example, show your own enthusiasm and commitment to knowing and hearing God speak to you through His Word. And practice living God’s truth together as you play games, eat meals, participate in sports, ride in the car, and share your resources with others. There is also a list of several things you should discuss with your child that will help teach him or her the meaning and importance of God’s values. Ideas on how to involve adolescents and steps to victory are discussed.

Chapter 7: Schools & New Age Globalism

Behind these classroom efforts to win the minds of the youth is the dream of a global one-world system. To inspire a consciousness explosion, many New Age leaders are determined to win a “critical mass” of minds. Children will be the prime target of such “missionary” efforts, and schools will be their greatest battlefield. Through myth-making, “facilitated dialogue,” and delight in pleasing delusions, our children are blinded to the disturbing changes in the real world. Meanwhile, suicide among youth is accelerating – the fruit of this transformational agenda.

Chapter 8: What Can Parents Do About New Age Globalism?

As believers, let us turn wholeheartedly to God and trust Him to show us how we can best protect our families from today’s explosion of spiritual apostasy. It may possibly be too late for America, as a nation, but regardless of the outcome at a national level, let us work earnestly while it is still day to train and protect our children. Some of this chapter’s ideas include: help your child to see that his identity is in Christ (and what that means), incorporate a family Bible-reading program, and help your child to understand the differences between biblical and anti-biblical leadership. Under the heading “Guard Against Influences Opposing God” are the following questions: “Does your child’s school sensationalize or exaggerate the problems and dangers of global pollution, overpopulation, and global warming? Do they use these  suggestions to promote a planned political agenda?”

Chapter 9: The Mind-Changing Visual Messages in Movies

Children are continuously exposed to an onslaught of counterfeit messages. Movies that appear innocent and wholesome often have a subtle, yet powerful, message that negates the truths of the Word of God. Using case examples of some of today’s most popular shows (even among Christians) such as Lion King, Atlantis, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, Berit shows the underlying messages of many of today’s secular films that are changing the way our children think and behave. Violence and grotesqueness along with New Age and occultism are undermining the biblical values we are trying to instill in our children at home. Such movies can undo our efforts, while we think our children are watching wholesome shows with good values. There is a strong anti-Christian bias that eats away, one movie at a time, on our children’s faith. A new religious system is replacing Christianity—primarily a mixture of humanism, hedonism, Hinduism, and western occultism. Remember, the beautiful side of evil as well as the ugly side will twist the truth. Both will testify to the enticing respectability that cloaks the New Age movement.

Chapter 10: How to Guard Against Mind-Changing Messages

The pressure on parents to give in is often insurmountable. Your child has friends who are allowed to see the movies, so why can’t he? That isn’t fair, your child insists. What can a parent do? You need to have a practical as well as biblical plan. This chapter offers several suggestions. For example, you can  remind him of the armor, then discuss how the movie conflicts with God’s guidelines. Don’t just tell your child what he can or can’t watch; teach him to discern what is right or wrong. Never before have children faced so many seductive choices. It’s up to parents to guide them through the thorny paths ahead.

Chapter 11: Shameless Corruption Through Television and Digital Media

It isn’t just the obvious shows and media that distort our children’s values. More often, it is the hidden messages that cause the most damage. This chapter looks at key categories and considers how the media messages mold young minds. Experimenting with magic, laughing at religion, pursuing a new world order, and embracing horror and the paranormal are all part of the methodology of changing our children’s minds. UFOs, aliens, and eventually a false world messiah (Anti-christ) are on the docket. Berit uncovers more of the United Nations’ efforts and also discusses the role the Internet and other digital media have. She gives a point-by-point section that describes the effects all this has on children, including a false view of the world, which undermines their ability to discern good from evil, truth from error.

Chapter 12: Guarding Against Corruption in Television & Digital Media

Emphasizing praying as parents and also together as a family, Berit tells parents how they can train their children to discern between truth and spiritual deception. One way is to teach your child to ask him or herself certain questions about particular shows and games such as: Do one or more of the characters play the role of God? Do some of these superheroes and gods, such as He-man and Superman, seem greater and more real than God? Or does the story suggest that each person is a god, the designer and creator of his own circumstances? Does it imply each person has power within himself to overcome all obstacles and fulfill his dreams? Families need to discuss the consequences of rising violence, pornography, and profanities and take a stand. It might include writing to advertisers who promote these immoralities.

Chapter 13: Twisting the Imagination Through Toys & Games

Today’s full-scale acceptance of counterfeit spirituality and the dark forces behind it has made the realm of the mystical become all too grimly real. By itself, a fairytale or toy will hardly shape a child’s attitudes. But reinforced by school, movies, music, and television, the combined messages generate tolerance and acceptance of the demonic. Today’s toy stores are packed with violence, magic, and New Age toys and games. Berit uses case examples such as Pokémon and Power Rangers to show how the New Age maxim “as above, so below” (“God” in everything) is the “fruit” of so many of today’s toys and games. Yet, few recognize the dark occult nature or the forces behind their ancient formulas. For our children’s sakes, we cannot afford to be ignorant any longer. To avoid experiencing evil, we need to first discern evil.

Chapter 14: Protecting Your Child From Harmful Toys & Games

Berit gives some valuable points on how to teach your child to develop a sensitivity to evil. Current delight in false gods and demonic creatures may have begun with winsome magicians such as Papa Smurf and Rainbow Brite. As people welcomed these nonthreatening (in appearance) harbingers of occult forces, they unknowingly opened the door to the grotesque and disturbing realms of the dark occult as well. Within the church community, talk about Satan has often been regarded as too negative or heavy-handed. Since we failed to resist, we gradually adapted and then accepted these practices. Know what questions to ask your child to help him make the right choices (between that which is evil and that which is good). Give him the kind of training that he can take into adulthood. Train your child to follow God, not peers, no matter what the cost. One point Berit makes: Self-denial seems out of place in a nation consumed with self-indulgence and self-fulfillment. But God commanded it, and Jesus demonstrated it. Dare we refuse to acknowledge it? According to the age of your child, discuss Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:24 and then allow the Holy Spirit to direct your application.

Chapter 15: Immoral & Occult Suggestions in Books & Magazines

Using Cat Warriors and Pullman’s Dark Materials, Berit shows how children are being taught to love the occult. In this chapter, she also addresses the issue of leaders who wholeheartedly embrace Harry Potter showing no discernment with regard to the occult message. Berit shows how sensuality, a hunger for the occult, and a desensitizing of values are being aroused through books such as the vampire Twilight series. Since the beginning of time, human nature has sought alternatives to God and His guidelines. Spiritual deception gave rise to vast occult belief systems and unceasing manipulation by the forces of darkness. Thus, pagan sacrifices—a devastating corruption of God’s perfect plan for His people—became the norm in all parts of the inhabited world.

Chapter 16:  How to Guard Against Immorality & the Occult

To prove that our God is far greater than the plethora of alternatives, our lives must demonstrate to our children faith in the midst of difficulties. Practical ideas are included such as: Keeping an up-to-date church library and encouraging other families to support and use it, being alert to what your child’s peers are reading, and enjoying books together that demonstrate God’s values. Read-aloud times build in most children a deep love for reading while they also enable you to direct your children’s taste for enriching books. When you read aloud to your children, they learn to associate wholesome books with good times. Be alert to deception in books. A crossless version of Christianity fits the New Age lie that all can be one—with or without Jesus.

Chapter 17:  When Popular Music Becomes Obscene & Immoral

This chapter touches on various types of music including New Age music, heavy metal, contemporary pop rock, and what is known as contemplative music (designed for children). From hypnotic repetitive beats in New Age and contemplative music to the violent occultic music of bands like Marilyn Manson, music entices the soul. But there is also the more subtle (yet still tugging on your child’s values chords) type of music such as the Backstreet Boys that lures your children into a sensually seductive world. According to a 2010 study, children between the ages of eight and eighteen spend an average of nearly two and a half hours a day listening to music or some form of audio. That’s over 10,000 hours of music during their pre-teen and teen years. This chapter also talks about the huge influence Bono has had, even among many Christian kids. It reveals things about Bono that will surprise (and shock) Christian parents.

Chapter 18: What Can Parents Do About Seductive Mind-Changing Music?

The real heroes of today are the parents, trying to raise their children in an environment that seems to have grown more and more hostile to family life. Music and the media flood their children’s world with the glorification of drugs, violence, perversity, the New Spirituality—and there’s nothing they can do about it, they’re told. But Berit would beg to differ. Teach your children to “renew their minds” with truth, avoid compromising suggestions and situations, and trust and follow the Holy Spirit. Berit gives practical tips on how to teach your child to choose good music and also tips on what you, as a parent, can do to protect your child from harmful music.

Chapter 19: Mystical New Age Thrills Enticing Children

Eastern-style New Age mysticism is coming at children from every direction today. And the roots of this meditation-promoting spirituality are panentheistic (God is in all) and interspiritual (all paths lead to God). Yoga is being taught in many public schools now. It is even being promoted in children’s programs such as Sesame Street. Organizations such as the Girl Scouts are promoting the Aquarian mindset and New Age mysticism. This chapter shows the underlying occultism that is enticing children, even in the classroom. It’s all part of a diabolical scheme to turn hearts and minds from God to all kinds of idols — including human rulers.

Chapter 20: How to Guard Against Mystical New Age Thrills

A section that breaks down the elements of the armor of God can be very useful in helping your child apply the armor to his everyday life. There are also hands-on things you can do like monitoring your child’s school activities (e.g., see if they are teaching Yoga or other meditation exercises). Help your child to understand the nature of the New Age and spiritual deception. Remember, this is a spiritual war! Don’t let him or her go into the world unequipped. Berit also gives a 10-point test to use for determining when a media (movie, book, music) is actually Christian or not. A valuable tool.

Chapter 21: Becoming Aware of Spiritual Deception in the Church

New Age mystical occultism and spiritual deception have always been around. But what used to be a trickle in the Western world has now become a tsunami. Even many churches are welcoming the mysteries that secret societies and Taoist alchemists once hid so well. In church youth groups, parents are being squeezed out while the minds of our youth are being reshaped to fit the postmodern world (and postmodern emerging church). The Spiritual Formation movement is nothing more than a “Christianized” version of New Age, the ultimate deception for Christian children. Christian publishers and organizations are introducing books and curriculum that catch parents and kids off guard because they are using Christian language and terms but in reality bringing into the church the New Spirituality. Even Christian fiction, such as Shadowmancer, is taking children down the wrong path. Parents need to be prepared and be educated or they will witness their children being snatched out of the arms of faith. Never has there been as much of a need for this preparation as there is today.

Afterword: The First and Final Deception

Unfortunately, what we are experiencing today is a synthesis of the “I am God” ideology and accelerating occult activity. In fact, the two are inextricably linked together in that they have the same source—the demonic realm. Aleister Crowley, who promoted the ancient occult maxim “as above, so below” (i.e., man and creation are equal to God and the heavenly realms), also mobilized the youth of the hippie era with his own maxim, “Do what thou wilt” as being the “whole of the law” (which became “Do your own thing”). What should Christian families do? Should we hide ourselves and our loved ones from the world’s charms and ills, or should we shine our light, work while it is day, and speak the truth in love and with boldness? We need to show our children how to be in the world but not of the world. We can be God’s ambassadors in an increasingly corrupt land, and we cannot allow its darkness to quench His light in us.

Appendix: Leading Your Child to Receive Christ as Savior and Lord

Without your child having a true genuine relationship with Jesus Christ, he or she will definitely succumb to the pressures of this world. This is the foundation of their spiritual lives. The biblical suggestions in this Appendix will offer a basic guideline for parents.

Available now for pre-order (ships by May 29th)

Christian Seminary Professor Praises Seducers Among Our Children

Nov 28th, 2012 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews | Comments Off on Christian Seminary Professor Praises Seducers Among Our Children

Seducers-Among-Our-ChildrenFrom a Christian seminary professor on the new Lighthouse Trails release, Seducers Among Our Children by Ret. Investigative Sergeant Patrick Crough

Thank you so much for publishing this work!  What a breath of fresh air from the often mean-spirited or biblically void works that are out there!

We will be carrying the book in our campus store.  I will be using it for a text in my graduate crisis counseling course, and I’m sending copies to my married daughters and their husbands.

Just wanted to thank you for your work and for the foresight in publishing this book. I hope it gets a wide circulation. May God continue to bless you.

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A professor from a Christian seminary

NEW RELEASE: Seducers Among Our Children – Chapter by Chapter Synopsis

Oct 5th, 2012 Posted in new releases, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Comments Off on NEW RELEASE: Seducers Among Our Children – Chapter by Chapter Synopsis

Seducers Among Our Children – A Police Investigator’s Perspective by Patrick Crough

RELEASED BY LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS PUBLISHING ON OCTOBER 10TH, 2012

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SECTION I: UNDERSTANDING THE SEDUCER
Chapter 1: Mother’s Intuition
On a warm spring night in May 1994, 5-year-old Kali begged her mom, Judy Gifford, to allow her to go outside to play on her Big Wheel tricycle. Judy was preparing magazines that she was to deliver that evening. The two would go together for the deliveries. The small amount of money that this single mother made from her second job was to pay for a family trip to Disney World the following summer. As Judy put the flyers together, Kali became more and more anxious to go outside. She was looking forward to going to McDonald’s after the deliveries were completed. Finally, Judy relented and told Kali to stay right near the front door. Five minutes later, she went to check on Kali, and she was gone. It was the last time she would ever see her daughter alive.

Chapter 2: Recognizing a Seducer
There are some key elements in being able to recognize a child predator. The book explains the difference between pedophiles, sexual offenders, child molesters, and child predators. It also examines reasons that cause some men to begin molesting children, addressing the huge role that pornography plays in this deviant behavior.

Chapter 3: Ways of the Seducer: Predatory Stages
Lists and describes in detail the following phases used by sexual predators to seduce their potential victims:

a/the trust phase: First, the predator must win the trust of both the parents and the child. This is done through various means, and the predator often patiently takes his time to accomplish this.
b/the courtship phase: The predator’s sole purpose in the courtship phase is similar to that of a young male suitor courting a young woman who has captivated his interest.
c/the seduction phase: After the predator has “groomed” the victim, he then begins to introduce the child to inappropriate behavior, for example, allowing the child or young teen to watch an R rated movie with sexual content at the predator’s home.
d/the offending stage: This is where the predator actually commits the abuse. Many times the child can be silenced because he has been made to feel guilt, shame, and responsibility for what has happened.
e/the control phase: “The control phase can last a lifetime. Long after a child has broken free from the actual abuse, he or she may still feel the almost too-heavy-to-bear ball and chain of despair, resentment, hopelessness, and hatred that connect him or her to the abuser.”

SECTION II: CASE EXAMPLES

 Chapter 4: The Helpful Neighbor
A helpful and friendly neighbor and his bed-ridden wife befriend a young neighbor couple and their son. The unsuspecting parents allowed the man to take their son on frequent walks around the apartment complex so they could have some time alone on occasion. The results of this “friendship” were disastrous.

Chapter 5: The Stepfather Who Liked to Watch Porn
A thirty-year-old stepfather began introducing his stepdaughter to porn as a way to groom her for his planned sexual abuse. The victim was alone with her stepfather for a considerable portion of the day while her mother was at work. The man did not possess a criminal record nor had any sexually related allegations ever been made against him. In fact, he was even on friendly terms with a few of the Northeast district uniformed patrol officers who patronized the restaurant he worked at. In time, the stepfather began to carry out the abuse.

Chapter 6: The Highly Esteemed Coach
The predator in this case was a thirty-nine-year-old former Olympic champion gymnast from an Eastern European nation. His wife (and business partner) was also a world champion gymnast, and they had three children of their own. They had established themselves as a highly respected, successful coaching tandem, both nationally and internationally. The thirteen-year-old victim in this case was a member of an elite junior female team of approximately ten gymnasts who competed internationally.

Chapter 7: “Time to be Nice”
In this case example, the predator was the girl’s biological father. The suspect was a successful homebuilder and businessman, living in an upper middle-class community with his family. The young woman had experienced a psychological breakdown and disclosed to her boyfriend, and later to a school counselor, that her father had been sexually abusing her for the past nine years (since she was about 9 years old). Her father’s favorite phrase, “time to be nice” was the girl’s cue that her father wanted something.

Chapter 8: Child Predators & Day Care Facilities
A four year old girl is sexually abused by the father of one of the other little day care girls. The young victim told the investigators that her classmate’s dad took her into the bathroom and told her it was a “special check day.”

Chapter 9: “My Best Friend’s Dad”
The victim’s best friend’s dad was a successful OB/GYN doctor. The abuse took place over a three-year period during sleepovers at the doctor’s house. The suspect constantly spoke with the victim over the computer. He insisted she call him by his first name. The suspect became very openly affectionate toward the victim as her sleepovers increased in frequency, many as the result of his personal invite. At times, they were alone. When Investigator Crough heard about the abuse from the victim and her mother, it was obvious that the doctor was grooming her for sexual intercourse.

Chapter 10: The Popular School Teacher
The male teen victim told the investigators that the teacher, who was friendly with his parents, had recruited the victim to work part-time for him at his residence and car business. Over the late spring and summer months while he was working for him, the teacher engaged him in nearly a dozen separate incidents of sexual activity that included oral sex and sodomy. First, he began to show the victim photos, videos, and computer images of men and boys having sex together. He would reward the victim for his silence by buying him gifts and taking him out to eat, all while he was getting paid.

Chapter 11: “In Just Twenty Minutes”
The suspect was a thirty-eight year old male who befriended a group of single mothers. He became particularly friendly to a five-year-old girl and her mother in the duplex next door to him. One winter evening, the suspect transported his neighbor, her daughter, and a ten-year-old mutual female to a friend’s house in a suburban neighborhood. Once they arrived, the girls went down to the playroom in the basement with the friend’s children while the adults remained upstairs in the kitchen and visited over coffee. Eventually, the suspect went down to the basement to “check on the kids.” The suspect sat on the sofa and watched the children play. A short time later, one of the mothers went downstairs to check on things and returned upstairs. That was when the suspect made his move.

Chapter 12: Two Legacies of Evil
In case one, a thirty-nine-year old adult male befriended neighborhood seven and eight year old boys, often playing basketball with them. Eventually, he began showing the boys pornography in order to arouse their sexuality. When the abuse was finally disclosed, it came out that over thirty one boys had been sexually assaulted by this man. This became a high profile case.

With case two, a twenty-seven year old male worked at the local middle school and was also a deacon at his church. He particularly sought out young males who were lacking a father figure at home. The suspect would gain the trust of the boys’ mothers by offering his time and attention to their sons to help groom them into productive young men. What struggling mother would not have welcomed assistance from someone who seemed so nice and so caring? He pledged to be their personal mentor, kept an eye on them at school, and steered them away from trouble. Sadly, his intentions were sinister and evil, and he found opportunity to act out on these intentions. As many child predators do, this suspect placed his confidence in believing that shame, embarrassment, and fear of exposure would prevent these witnesses from testifying against him.

Chapter 13: Three Trampled Roses
This chapter is about three girls who were kidnapped, raped, and murdered in the 1970s in the Rochester, New York area. Investigator Crough was part of the investigating team. The victims were identified as Carmen Colon, Wanda Walkowicz, and Michelle Maenza.

SECTION III: PREVENTIVE TOOLS, RESOURCES, & PRACTICAL ADVICE

Chapter 14: What Can You Do to Prevent Your Children from Being Seduced and Molested?
There are some practical and down to earth ideas that can help you protect your children. Investigator Crough talks about some of these ideas, which include things like sharing a special meal out with your child, keeping the communication lines open, and monitoring Internet activity carefully.

Chapter 15: Common Risk Factors for Sexual Abuse
There is a high correlation between the breakdown of the family institution and sexual abuse of our children. With more single parent homes and two working parent homes, children are in more danger of being abused by stepfathers, live in boyfriends, day care providers, older children, and others.

Chapter 16: Parents and Guardians – The Lord’s Shepherds
Parents and guardians have been appointed to feed and care for God’s children, both physically and spiritually (1 Timothy 5:8, Ephesians 6:4). It is up to us to lay the right moral foundation and encourage them to cultivate a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. It is wise for us to take a look at each verse of this psalm and consider how we should incorporate it into caring for our assigned flock of lambs.

Chapter 17: Protect Your Children With Prayer & the Word
As parents, we know that many dangers, both physical and spiritual, surround our children. It is for this very reason we should call upon God’s Holy Spirit to protect our children, comfort us, and take away our needless worry. And we should bury deep within our hearts God’s Word that is a “twoedged sword” that will give us discernment.

Chapter 18: Safety Check List
As you make decisions and monitor your children’s activities, consider the Safety Check List that Investigator Crough has developed. Be diligent in safeguarding your children from those inside their social circles using these principles, and you will automatically protect them from those outside their circles.

Chapter 19: Potential Signs of Sexually Abused Child
Frequently children who have been sexually offended will display changes in their behavior long before they verbalize what had occurred. Many times parents of victims have observed one or more indicators, but understandably, they never suspected it was the result of being sexually abused.

Chapter 20: Safety Tips for Churches & Community Organizations
If your children are involved in a church or community organization, check to see if a policy is in place to prevent children from being molested by an adult or older child. If a policy is in place, take a close look at it. Is it sufficient to keep your child safe? Is it being followed? When it comes to the safety of your children, don’t rely on others to address the weaknesses of the safety policy. Roll up your sleeves and work to implement a better one.

Chapter 21: Reporting & Investigating Crimes Against Children
Often, someone who has learned that a child is being sexually abused is not sure what to do. But child sexual abuse needs to be reported to authorities. It is a crime. The Bible tells us to submit to the government and its laws as long as they do not order us to break God’s laws.

Chapter 22: Discerning the Voice of a Child
Unfortunately, too many juries have believed a child who is on the stand at a trial but felt led not to convict on the grounds there wasn’t any physical evidence to corroborate the child’s testimony. However, most sexual abuse cases don’t have physical evidence. They rely solely on the voice of a child. And studies have proven that children rarely lie about sexual abuse.

Chapter 23: Consequences of Abuse in Our Homes, Our Churches, & Our Communities
The fact is, where there is sexual abuse, there is upheaval, violence, and the demise of a home, a church, or a community. The connection is there.

Chapter 24: Closing Arguments
This chapter is written by an assistant district attorney in New York. She gives various examples of actual abuse cases in an effort to show the reader that abuse does happen and in the most unsuspecting situations.

SECTION IV FINAL WORDS

Chapter 25: A Mother’s Final Words
A moving and emotional letter written by Kali Poulton’s mother to her murdered five-year-old daughter.

Chapter 26: A Calling, a Ministry, & a Mission Field
Patrick shares some of his testimony in this chapter and how he came to see the work he does as a calling and a ministry. He also talks about the heart of God when it comes to abused children.

Chapter 27: Ask Jesus for Help
A special personal note for those who have been sexually abused as children.

New DVD at Lighthouse Trails: The Adventures of Jake’s Farm – A Special Family Film

Oct 3rd, 2012 Posted in new releases, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Comments Off on New DVD at Lighthouse Trails: The Adventures of Jake’s Farm – A Special Family Film

“Kids are going to love this film! (and parents will too)”
A wonderful family film that permeates with the Gospel. Lighthouse Trails is pleased to now carry Broyden Bros. Pictures new film, The Adventures of Jake’s Farm, a story about an 8 year old boy named Jake, who lives in a Christian family through the everyday trials of life while growing in his relationship with Jesus Christ.

“It’s wonderful to see the ways you and your family have become such a strong witness to the truth.” Dean Jones (actor)

“This is a terrific movie . . . About kids who love each other and love God. How cool is that?” The Dove Foundation

The-Adventures-of-Jake-s-FarmDVD Information:
93 minutes long with 68 minute bonus DVD, Released 2011
$16.95 Retail
Produced by Broyden Bros. Pictures and On Fire Films
Written and Directed by Isaac Broyden
Executive Producers: Isaac Broyden, Jimmy Broyden

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Seducers Among Our Children, New Book on Child Sexual Abuse, Has Gone to Press – Available October 10th

Sep 16th, 2012 Posted in coming soon, new releases, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT, Publishing News | Comments Off on Seducers Among Our Children, New Book on Child Sexual Abuse, Has Gone to Press – Available October 10th

Seducers-Among-Our-ChildrenToday’s children are at high risk of becoming victims of sexual abuse—learn how you can protect your children from the predators who will try to seduce them.

Seducers Among Our Children, the latest Lighthouse Trails release, has gone to press and will be available on October 10th, 2012. Written by retired investigative police sergeant, Patrick Crough, the book is a handbook for parents on how to protect their children from sexual predators.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Countless numbers of children will be sexually abused by the time they reach their 18th birthday. Sadly, most parents won’t even see it coming. They don’t realize that sexual predators of children are often friendly, helpful, and attentive, drawing in a child, not by force but rather through enticing seduction.

Seducers Among Our Children is the personal perspective of an investigative sergeant who knows first hand the inner workings and methods used by sexual predators. This book offers a practical, simple presentation of how child predators operate in today’s society. It will educate concerned parents and guardians about how to recognize when a child predator is in their midst, how to protect children from predators, how to recognize if a child has already been offended by a predator, and what to do if a child discloses he or she has been offended by a predator. For the adult reader who was sexually molested as a child, this book may assist you in making some sense out of what happened and help you understand it wasn’t your fault.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Retired Investigator Sergeant Patrick Crough has thirty years of law enforcement experience, including twenty years as a Major Crimes Investigator and Hostage Negotiator with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Rochester, New York. He and his colleagues in the Major Crimes Unit investigated murders and other reported homicides, suspicious deaths, physical and sexual assaults, crimes against children, police-involved shootings, and conducted covert special investigations. He is also the author of Chronicles of a Rochester Major Crimes Detective: Confronting Evil and Pursuing Truth. Patrick is married with three grown children and two grandchildren. Today, he is in full-time ministry with Millstone Justice, a non-profit, child advocacy group.

BOOK INFORMATION:

272 PAGES, $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-9846366-5-5
Front Matter including Preface and Table of Contents
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From The Color of Pain – Myths About Boys Who Are Abused (and the men they become)

May 19th, 2012 Posted in Excerpts | Comments Off on From The Color of Pain – Myths About Boys Who Are Abused (and the men they become)

By Gregory Reid

Author of The Color of Pain (Lighthouse Trails)

Myth:

It is not a widespread problem.

Fact:

One in every ten men & boys, and some say one in six has possibly been molested in some form.

Myth:

Most molesters are dirty old men.

Fact:

Most predators are highly intelligent career people with community respect and a good income.

Myth:

Most predators are stranger to the child.

Fact:

Stranger molestation is the exception, and most boys know their molesters well, as relatives for whom trust comes naturally or family friends or people in authority who have pursued the child to seduce them over a long period of time.

 Myth:

Abuse must be forced or violent to be called rape.

Fact:

Any time an adult lures a child to sexual acts it’s rape.

Myth:

If the abuse was pleasurable for the boy, it was not rape.

Fact:

Sex is a biological stimulus. Feeling pleasure may be a natural, but it is still a crime that a powerful, older person took an underage child or teen and used them for their own gratification and the psychological and emotional damage done to the child is still just as real.

Myth:

Most victims become abusers.

Fact:

This is largely a jailhouse excuse for predators. Some do go on to abuse: some become violent but most just live self- destructive, miserable lives until they get help. But the fact is most boys who were molested do notgrow up to molest. Furthermore, when a victim of abuse commits himself to the Lord and God’s Word as a born-again Christian, an avenue for true healing is opened. (Quote by Patrick Crough (Retired police sargeant NY, Seducers Among Us, LT, Fall 2012: While being abused as a child has caused many to suffer from depression, anger, and mistrust, I strongly believe that it doesn’t cause the person to become an offender when they are an adult. I know too many victims of child abuse who would never consider abusing a child. In fact, many survivors would seriously consider killing a predator if they discovered one abusing a child close to them.)

 Myth:

Non forced abuse makes the boy responsible.

Fact:

No child is ever responsible for being raped.

 Myth:

It happens to other people’s kids.

Fact:

Molestation of boys is one of the most unreported crimes that exists. It COULD be your child. Communication, unconditional love, and acceptance is the only way to keep the door open to your son if something does or did happen.

Excerpt from The Color of Pain (Lighthouse Trails)

Book Review: The Color of Pain – Boys who are sexually abused and the men they become

May 1st, 2011 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews | Comments Off on Book Review: The Color of Pain – Boys who are sexually abused and the men they become

BOOK REVIEW BY BOOKS AND CHOCOLATE[The Color of Pain] is [Gregory Reid’s] story but it is also a book of facts that includes topics such as looking for the signs of sexual abuse, where predators hunt, myths about abused boys, what a victim looks like, why men and boys don’t talk about their abuse, and what not to tell abused boys and men. I felt the author did an excellent job in addressing the pain and issues surrounding abuse without being graphic.
I’m grateful that this is not something I know about first-hand (at least not that I’m aware of), but after reading this book I feel I can recommend it as a valuable resource to anyone who has been a victim, knows someone who is, or is a professional counselor, pastor, teacher, or parent of sons who needs to know what signs to look for and how to respond.

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