Raising Adults is the name of a series of books written by Terry Sutherland, an average parent with an unusual idea about parenting. Preparing for Eighteen is just the first installment of at least ten books and possibly many more. Terry will present a lecture series about these concepts. The motivation of raising children to be adults by the time theyre eighteen is the very survival of the entire human race. If that doesnt make this parenting book sound overly dramatic, your life is wildly exciting. This first book is arranged around three pillars: individuality, humanity, and virtues. It is structured within eighteen chapters that discuss the various kinds of things that are found in adults who have high integrity and sound character. It discusses the qualities of adults who are capable and ready to take over their own lives and contribute significantly to humanity, starting at only eighteen years old. The book is not scholarly but anecdotal. The content is the perspectives and experiences of Terry Sutherland and his wife, Pam, as they raise their own children to be adults by eighteen. There are specific questions and sincere attempts to provide at least one valid answer to each of them. There are some serious life events discussed that create an emotional roller coaster the reader will not forget. By the end of this book, the readers will understand what it means to have children and the responsibility of parents. Anyone with kids will want to raise them with purpose so they take over their lives by the age of eighteen. When children become adults, they begin to either improve or drain the world and the human race. With the information in his book, Terrys readers can raise their children to be adults who add value to the human race.
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About the Author
Terry Allen Sutherland started as an infant in 1966. The launch of the inevitable adult happened in Gary, Indiana. Terry struggled as a young boy because many people thought he was a young girl for the first few years (small, soft, pink). Terry grew up in a small town in Indiana and graduated from high school in a small town in Indiana as well. At about ninth grade, Terry was diagnosed with a retinal disorder called Stargardt’s disease. Basically, it meant he would continue losing sight through adolescence then level off at legally blind until his geriatric years. Terry made a conscious choice to thrive despite the circumstance. After graduation in 1984, Terry attended Vincennes University, where he met the woman who would complete and contain him. He married Pam Hall in November 1987 in Stockwell, Indiana. Pam and Terry moved to Indianapolis in 1988 and started their own family in November 1991 with Angelise. Spencer joined the group in January 1995. Terry eventually returned to his undergraduate education in IT and math at the University of Indianapolis in 1994. He graduated with a 3.0 in 1997. Terry has worked as several kinds of technology professionals since then. He saved the world from the Y2K computer disaster in 1999 and eventually incorporated himself as an independent IT consultant in 2009. Now, after thirty-five years of overcoming blindness, thirty years of marriage, and twenty-five years of parenting, Terry has decided to redefine parenting. With Pam’s careful, unconditional guidance, Terry has the confidence and fierce determination to help other parents raise their children with purpose. “Train up a child in the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV).