As a homeschooling parent, some decisions and even some conversations I need to have with my children are easier than others. We have three sons whose ages are 21, 19 and 17, plus a daughter who is 15-years-old. For example, I can talk about mathematics, literature, and history all day long with no problems. However, one subject seems like a mine-field to navigate. That topic is purity and anything to do with sex. Yes, I just used the word “sex”. Although I don’t particularly like to discuss certain subjects with our three teens and our twenty-one-year-old son, Abby Ludvigson has made this a lot easier with her DVD-based program, Sex by Design. This product is endorsed by Josh McDowell, you can check out what he has to say about the series here.
With this program, we received the teen edition workbook, the parent edition workbook and access to the seven videos. Our plan for this curriculum involved my husband and I reviewing the videos first and then watching them again with our children. As I watched the videos, I was impressed with how willing Abby Ludvigson is willing to share regarding her own life and her own experiences. I also appreciated how realistic her message is and the fact she is willing to discuss hard topics, such as the actual results of having sex outside of marriage.
The series covers seven major topics:
- Plan Ahead: Living Pure in a Sex-Saturated Culture
- Counting the Cost: Every Decision Has a Price Tag
- Dating: Doing Relationships God’s Way
- Sex: God’s Purpose & Plan
- Modesty: God Cares What I Wear
- Pornography: Its Deception & Steps to Get Out or Stay Out
- Secondary Virginity: Running Back to God
Also included in the Parent’s Edition is an appendix which contains Bible Studies, The 1st Peter Principle, and Endnotes. I love how the series aims to be a springboard to deeper conversations between teens and their parents. I could see this being a terrific resource to use in a Teen Youth Group at a church where parents and teens can have honest, meaningful conversations about purity, sex and navigating those stormy waters in days where the opposite message permeates our culture and society.
Each of the video segments is approximately twenty-five minutes long. The videos consist of teens talking about their experiences and thoughts which is followed by Abby Ludvigson presenting her message on the given topic. I love how she includes Bible verse passages in each segment. I also love how in the workbooks there is a place with guided text to help the viewer take notes as they are watching. I feel like this is one way to help ensure a meaningful conversation takes place. Also in the workbooks are sections for the film outlines, Scripture verses. to examine, Truth Statements, Follow-up questions, a section to personalize it, a section to apply it and key terms to review.
It is clear this program is designed to get parents and teens talking in depth about the subject, rather than a subject to fly through quickly. I feel the videos and workbooks were carefully designed to be easy to view or navigate.
In addition to the video segments and workbooks, online resources are available as well. These online resources include suggested books to read, articles to read, downloads – such as a purity pledge, and other helpful resources such as places to buy purity rings. Here are some screenshots of some of the resources for the first segment.
My husband and I were both very impressed with the depth and breadth of this series. It has definitely provided a way to encourage our family to have what could be difficult or potentially embarrassing discussions. I encourage you to check it out for yourself. If you would like to read more reviews of Sex by Design by Abby Ludvigson, click here or on the graphic below.