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The Frog and the Fish: Reflections on Work, Sex, Technology, Stuff, Truth, and Happiness

Chris Parker

The Frog and the Fish: Reflections on Work, Sex, Technology, Stuff, Truth, and Happiness

Chris Parker

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The Frog And The Fish is written for young adults transitioning to life beyond high school. It asks big questions like:

Who are we?
What is the nature and purpose of the world?
Why is there so much injustice and what can we do about it?

It also explores the current cultural narratives that are shaping our views on issues like the purpose of work, the uses and abuses of technology, self-image and sexuality, the role of material possessions in our lives, the existence of absolute truth, and the source of ultimate happiness. Readers are shown how to recognise when their outlook is being distorted by alternative sources of authority that undermine their true identity in Christ. The biblical, Christian account of the world is presented as the true source of clear-thinking on the big issues of life.

What people are saying:

"With my work with young adults, I've looked for a book that does a flyover of the multiple topics and questions that people in their 20's are asking today. Sadly, so many times the resources are too focused or narrow. But with Chris' book, I have finally found that resource. The Frog and the Fish is deeply helpful, illuminating, wise, and overall incredible! I'm so thankful to have read it and I will suggest it to others who are trying to navigate being a follower of Jesus in these times."
- Jefferson Bethke - NYT bestseller and author of Jesus>Religion


"Every decade or so a 'go-to' book comes along that Christian leaders buy in bulk for their young people. I have more than a sneaking suspicion that Chris has written this generation's go-to book. It critiques modern life in the West but isn't preachy; unmasks baseline cultural narratives, but isn't alarmist; and paints an alternative vision of the good life under King Jesus that is more intellectually, emotionally, and communally attractive than the alternate 'gospels' on offer."

- Steve McAlpine - Lead Pastor, Providence Church and theology and culture blogger


"The genius of this book is that Chris takes complex ideas and makes them simple and interesting: accessible for young adults yet packed with wisdom, insight, and the beauty of the gospel. I wish I had this book when I was launching from late high school!"

- Akos Balogh - CEO, The Gospel Coalition Australia


"When I read this book I wanted to give it to every young adult that I know. However, it is not just school leavers that need to read this book, but all of us who are swimming in cultural water that may be slowly killing us. If you are a Christian person you will be challenged as to whether the culture or the gospel is shaping your life and longings. As a person not yet convinced of the Christian faith, you will be invited to consider a freedom and purpose for which you may have been searching. A perfect book for every school leaver!"

- Dr Ken Dickens - National Institute for Christian Education


"Chris has produced a volume that treats both questioners and their questions with great dignity and respect. There are no trite answers here, but a healthy recognition that all aspects of our world and its people are wonderfully complex with enormous meaning, value, purpose, and richness. This is no fairy tale book. Chris recognises the realities of pain, frustration and disappointment that permeate all aspects of life but clearly points us to hope and meaningful engagement. A great resource for interactive discussions in schools, in homes, or in small groups."

- Brian Cox - international Christian education advisor


​​"Like fish in water or slow boiling frogs, we are barely aware of forces in life which profoundly shape us. Chris' insights, and practical advice, are wonderfully liberating for all who seek wisdom for living well in challenging times."

- Dr Rod Thompson - former Principal, Laidlaw College


"As a parent, a friend, an aunt, a mentor and a teacher, I'm tempted to worry about how young people in particular are going to navigate what can sometimes seem like a cultural quagmire. In this wonderfully accessible book, Chris takes us gently yet confidently through the marsh towards clarity of what we are dealing with and upwards and onwards towards a deep hope in Christ and an offering of grace that is captivating."

- Michelle Dempsey - CEO, Christian Education National


"This book will make an important contribution to an area where there is currently a deficit - the transition from school into adult life. It is written in a style which is accessible to young people, and deals with big questions. I hope the book is widely used - it deserves to be."

- Dr John Collier - Principal, St Andrews Cathedral School

​​
"Hey Dad, I can't stop reading. It's not one of those non-fiction books that are boring and people stop and start reading - it's really interesting."

Brae Parker - aged 14

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About "The Frog and the Fish: Reflections on Work, Sex, Technology, Stuff, Truth, and Happiness"

The Frog And The Fish is written for young adults transitioning to life beyond high school. It asks big questions like:

Who are we?
What is the nature and purpose of the world?
Why is there so much injustice and what can we do about it?

It also explores the current cultural narratives that are shaping our views on issues like the purpose of work, the uses and abuses of technology, self-image and sexuality, the role of material possessions in our lives, the existence of absolute truth, and the source of ultimate happiness. Readers are shown how to recognise when their outlook is being distorted by alternative sources of authority that undermine their true identity in Christ. The biblical, Christian account of the world is presented as the true source of clear-thinking on the big issues of life.

What people are saying:

"With my work with young adults, I've looked for a book that does a flyover of the multiple topics and questions that people in their 20's are asking today. Sadly, so many times the resources are too focused or narrow. But with Chris' book, I have finally found that resource. The Frog and the Fish is deeply helpful, illuminating, wise, and overall incredible! I'm so thankful to have read it and I will suggest it to others who are trying to navigate being a follower of Jesus in these times."
- Jefferson Bethke - NYT bestseller and author of Jesus>Religion


"Every decade or so a 'go-to' book comes along that Christian leaders buy in bulk for their young people. I have more than a sneaking suspicion that Chris has written this generation's go-to book. It critiques modern life in the West but isn't preachy; unmasks baseline cultural narratives, but isn't alarmist; and paints an alternative vision of the good life under King Jesus that is more intellectually, emotionally, and communally attractive than the alternate 'gospels' on offer."

- Steve McAlpine - Lead Pastor, Providence Church and theology and culture blogger


"The genius of this book is that Chris takes complex ideas and makes them simple and interesting: accessible for young adults yet packed with wisdom, insight, and the beauty of the gospel. I wish I had this book when I was launching from late high school!"

- Akos Balogh - CEO, The Gospel Coalition Australia


"When I read this book I wanted to give it to every young adult that I know. However, it is not just school leavers that need to read this book, but all of us who are swimming in cultural water that may be slowly killing us. If you are a Christian person you will be challenged as to whether the culture or the gospel is shaping your life and longings. As a person not yet convinced of the Christian faith, you will be invited to consider a freedom and purpose for which you may have been searching. A perfect book for every school leaver!"

- Dr Ken Dickens - National Institute for Christian Education


"Chris has produced a volume that treats both questioners and their questions with great dignity and respect. There are no trite answers here, but a healthy recognition that all aspects of our world and its people are wonderfully complex with enormous meaning, value, purpose, and richness. This is no fairy tale book. Chris recognises the realities of pain, frustration and disappointment that permeate all aspects of life but clearly points us to hope and meaningful engagement. A great resource for interactive discussions in schools, in homes, or in small groups."

- Brian Cox - international Christian education advisor


​​"Like fish in water or slow boiling frogs, we are barely aware of forces in life which profoundly shape us. Chris' insights, and practical advice, are wonderfully liberating for all who seek wisdom for living well in challenging times."

- Dr Rod Thompson - former Principal, Laidlaw College


"As a parent, a friend, an aunt, a mentor and a teacher, I'm tempted to worry about how young people in particular are going to navigate what can sometimes seem like a cultural quagmire. In this wonderfully accessible book, Chris takes us gently yet confidently through the marsh towards clarity of what we are dealing with and upwards and onwards towards a deep hope in Christ and an offering of grace that is captivating."

- Michelle Dempsey - CEO, Christian Education National


"This book will make an important contribution to an area where there is currently a deficit - the transition from school into adult life. It is written in a style which is accessible to young people, and deals with big questions. I hope the book is widely used - it deserves to be."

- Dr John Collier - Principal, St Andrews Cathedral School

​​
"Hey Dad, I can't stop reading. It's not one of those non-fiction books that are boring and people stop and start reading - it's really interesting."

Brae Parker - aged 14
- Koorong

Meet the Author

Chris Parker

Chris has been a lecturer and speaker with the National Institute for Christian Education since 2009. Chris and his wife, Coco, live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Australia.

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award
5 stars By 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Judges, Aug 20 2018
Wake up! Like a fish in the sea we are unaware of our milieu and like a frog being boiled alive in a pot we are oblivious to our destiny-unless, of course, we acquire the necessary curiosity, discernment and wisdom to evaluate the world around us. Chris Parker teaches us to ask questions and think about the way our lives and choices are shaped by our culture. He makes complex ideas clear and accessible. From personal experience he shows why the gospel of grace is different from and better than competing toxic assumptions about possessions, sex, identity and happiness.

Akos Balogh, Bill Brown and Judith Nichols. 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Judges
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