Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Greenville University graduate who previously worked for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Mary resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. Follow her on Twitter @mbjackson77.

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A reckoning for the Boy Scouts

Society | The organization faces a mounting number of sexual abuse claims
by Mary Jackson
Posted 11/20/20, 04:52 pm

For 62 years, Bob Grier never spoke of the sexual abuse he experienced as a teenager in a South Miami, Fla., Boy Scout troop during a three-year span in the late 1950s. But when he saw a YouTube advertisement from a law firm asking abuse victims to come forward, he decided it was time. The 76-year-old attorney said his abuse is still difficult to discuss. But he has found a sense of purpose fighting for other alleged victims. Grier calls them “brothers.”

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The coronavirus, social media, and teen mental health

Family | Shifting trends over the last year reveal the roots of depression among young people
by Mary Jackson
Posted 11/20/20, 04:41 pm

Each month, hundreds of teenage girls contact Texas sisters Bethany Beal and Kristen Clark through GirlDefined, a ministry they started in 2014 for young women. The majority of those girls struggle with some form of depression, anxiety, or an overwhelming sense of not measuring up, Beal said.

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Devotions and delights

Children’s Books | Books to quiet the soul and frame a new year
by Mary Jackson
Posted 11/19/20, 03:30 pm

Seekers by C.S. Fritz: Seekers leads families on an interactive adventure of discovering “who God is, how He works, and what He calls us to do.” It contains 20 cases—each with riddles, codes, puzzles, art, and clues—that families can solve together. Fritz chooses various themes from Scripture, such as God’s presence, power, and provision and the grace and new life we have in Christ. The colorful book’s drawings and notes resemble a sketchpad. Endnotes (for parents) include theme explanations, answers to riddles, and discussion questions.

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