Kids R From Jupiter

As challenging as it is for a man and woman–who love each other–to get along. It is nearly insurmountable to come to grasp with how to get along with your kids.

Dr John Gray wrote the famous Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus book in 1993. In it he points out some differences between men and women–besides the obvious–and argues that happier relationship can be achieved by acknowledging and accepting them. It sold a lot of copies back then and is still popular today. Some folks say it actually helped their lives. I remember giving it a try back then, but we gave up on it and just decided to have kids. Now if someone could just write a guide on how kids differ from parents, that might be worth reading–if it revealed how to get along with them.

They must be from Jupiter. Think about it.

Jupiter is the most massive planet in the solar system, which is pretty much symbolic of how much the average parents think about their kids. Even as an empty-nester, you can get all dressed up and go out on the town–and what do you talk about?
Your kids. You can’t help yourselves.

Jupiter has four planet-sized moons and at least 59 smaller moons. That would represent all the friends your kids have, that you don’t know about. They have names like Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. They sound like street names for a bunch of other-people’s kids. And your kids spend more time with their friends than they do with you. Just like Jupiter.

According to NASA, Jupiter resembles a star. Most kids believe they are stars–or even superstars. But alas, Jupiter would need to be about eighty-times more massive to actually become a star. Now does that explain it all? Your kids think they’re a star, but they really don’t have what it takes to become one. Yeah, that was mean. So what?

Did you notice the famous red spot? It supposed to be a huge storm. Maybe it represents the anger our kids have because they’re not natural stars. Then again, it might represent the growing popularity of tattooing, piercing and notching–attracting attention through tribal-like marring of their bodies. Or maybe it just represents self-induced chaos. What ever it stands for–it seems like it applies to our kids.

Jupiter’s year is much longer that Earth’s year. Maybe that is why it takes kids five or six years to finish a four-year degree. And because they are in a distant orbit, they take a lot longer to get around the Sun. No matter how much advice you give them, it seems they have to go their own way.

Eventually, they get where they’re going. Maybe it’s all for the better. Jupiter in all likelihood needs to stay where it is.

If Jupiter tried to move in close and share our orbit, there’d probably be some sort of a collision and precious little room left for us. And then nobody would be happy.

It just makes sense.

17 Responses to “Kids R From Jupiter”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I picked this book from the free loan Kindle library. After I started reading I realized that it used the biblical story of Noah as a backdrop. Others have reviewed the grammar, style and method of writing. What I wanted to leave as a review is a little more simple. This book drew me into the world of Susah. That is my test of a good fiction book. Just as I was able to imagine my journey with Bilbo I was able to imagine being in the world of Susah. I would have liked to have read more about the flying combat tactics and the mind connection between dragons and Susah. Maybe that will be included in the future novels.

    I would recommend this book and it does make for a good read for younger audiences. I would recommend to readers 12 and older.

  2. Anonymous says:

    At first I was hesitant at reading this book. I’m usually not into these kinds of books, but once I started the journey, it pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down until the last page was read. Some of the things I enjoyed were the blending of Biblical stories that we’re all familiar with, advance technologies with a little Sci-Fi thrown in the mix. Although it’s fictional and set in a time prior to the Biblical flood, who’s to say they didn’t have the means back then? Sure everything was destroyed in the flood, so how do we know they did or didn’t have the knowledge back then?

    Anyway, loved the book and can’t wait for the next one in the series!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a soul-shaking book; I couldn’t put it down at times, and other times I HAD to put it down to catch my breath. I think we all know evil, but this evil requires an equally great hero, or in this case, heroine. Sutherland takes a Sunday school lesson and makes it into an action-packed science fantasy. It starts with Susah’s trip through the woods, revealing a peak of the youngster’s potential. The story continues to develop rapidly when Susah’s uncle and aunt are murdered, but a hero steps in to save her and her cousins. With this hero, Susah finds a purpose and calling that many young people seek but unfortunately many never find. The military descriptions are accurate and detailed, but not distracting from the story. As with any epic, a great battle must be fought, but this is only the stepping stone to even more action to come in Sutherland’s future books. I can’t wait!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I really liked The Dragoneers and was super excited about its sequel. The Lost Dragoneer was definately worth the wait! Its packed full of action with giants against the defense force complete with their dragons. Satan and Abbadon are the scariest enemies Ive ever read about and Susah goes on some cool adventures. I recommend this book to everyone. Its a hundred times better than the first book and Im excited to see where Susah goes next!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Even the beginning of this book has surprises. I knew before I began it, that it was loosely based on Genesis and set in Antediluvian times. I did not know that Sutherland has created a world of wonder and great accomplishments in technology so that the long ago world is quite similar to ours. Yes, I was surprised to find innovative ways of transportation, shopping similar to ours today and even the same sins we see in today’s world. Though that last shouldn’t have surprised me I suppose. After all, Satan is an ancient creature and his servants are ever present.

    Sutherland’s conception of the days of Noah boggle the mind and the monsters found within it are loathesome. The Creator God shines above all else especially in the bravery of a young woman, Susah, the daughter of … no, I will not spoil that for you because I recommend that you read this book.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Publishers Weekly:

    “This novel defies conventional classification: is it science fiction? biblical fiction? thriller? The story describes a world where flying two-headed dragons and ogres exist, characters with telepathic gifts communicate with both animals and people, a man named Noah builds an Ark in his backyard, and a six-fingered giant named Lilith wants to take over the world. While this collage may have been implausible in lesser hands, the author makes it work, artfully drawing readers into Sethopolis (the “center of the last human-dominated nation on Earth”) and constructing an adventure with attention-grabbing plot twists.

    At the center of it all is 18-year old Susah, a feisty heroine with the ability to communicate telepathically. Sheltered by her father, Noah, from the evils of the world, Susah’s life takes an unexpected turn when her aunt and uncle are killed by a violent street gang. Mesmerized by the soldier who rescues her and the flying dragon under his control, she decides to join the Dragon Corps, defenders of the Eden zone, and become a dragoneer. Lilith, aware of Susah’s gifts, wants to have her killed. As Susah trains to become a skilled dragoneer, she embarks on a collision course with Lilith’s army of giants and ogres as they march toward the Eden zone for the ultimate battle between good and evil.

    The author has crafted a compelling story…”

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