It is easy to find alarming statistics on escalating violence, addiction and economic inequality in developed countries and stubborn poverty in the third world. The fascinating question has to do with cause. New York Times #1 bestselling authors Richard and Linda Eyre’s new book The Turning: Why the State of the Family Matters and What the World Can Do about It contends that the social and economic challenges faced not only in the United States, but throughout the world, are the direct result of an unprecedented and widespread turning away from family. The negative effects of this turning are apparent in the youth of the world today:
The Turning uses research findings, statistics (like those listed above), and the Eyres’ personal experiences at home and abroad to show that families are essential to the survival and success of civilization.
With the well-being of the world at risk, The Turning will move readers in a way that will raise personal reflection, discussion, and action to return the family to its necessary position as the recognized and prioritized basic unit of society.
As Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat opened our eyes to the cause-and-effect aspects of the global economy, The Turning will open the eyes of readers across the world to the means-and-ends connections between stable families and households and the world’s ability to meet its social and economic challenges.
As Harvard’s Clayton Christensen and best-selling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma states, “This book gives us a common cause, and a clear way to frame and explain the causality of today’s problems.”
In the spirit of Friedman’s The World is Flat, Richard and Linda Eyre examine the connections between the world’s mounting social problems and the breakdown of families and look deeply at the root causes of family disintegration—the false paradigms that confuse the priorities of parents and influence the kind of policies and practices in larger institutions (from media to government) that threaten families both economically and emotionally.
"Individuals are not the basic unit of our economy, households are. Families are far from perfect institutions, but they are the best economic engine civilization has ever produced. When families decline and weaken, the whole economy is sure to do the same. Richard and Linda Eyre make these family-to-economy connections crystal clear and point us in the directions of recovery."
—Nolan and Margaret Archibald, CEO of Black and Decker
“The Eyres urge enlightened religious, educational, business, and government leaders—who disagree about many things—to at least agree about this: institutional policies should bolster life-long trust and responsibility between caring children, parents and grandparents."
—C. Randall Paul, President, Foundation for Religious Diplomacy
“Developing countries and post-communist nations all over the world are copying the mistakes of America—putting ideas of materialism, entitlement, and selfish personal options ahead of responsibility and commitment to family. It is classic short-range thinking that will let us all down—individuals and countries—in our later years. I see The Turningas a warning, and one we had all better heed!”
—Przemek Gacek, CEO Grupa Pracuj SA (Poland) and YPO Regional Officer, Europe CEO
“Just as In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto opened our eyes to the undesirable effects of an industrialized food chain and Disrupting Class gave us hope for reigniting the curiosity lost to the industrialized classroom, The Turning illuminates the negative influences of industrialization upon the ultimate institution—our families, while providing parents with the power to do something about it!”
—Adam Timothy, Young Entrepreneur and Father of three young children
"The Eyres are right—when families become stronger and more stable, both individual businesses and the whole economy benefits. Count me in for a movement to get all of our institutions to pay more attention to the needs of families."
—Bill Marriott, Chairman and CEO, Marriott Corp.