Category Parenting

Daughters in Danger

Daughters in Danger: Helping Our Girls Thrive in Today's CultureDaughters in Danger
By Dr. Elayne Bennett and Dr. Meg Meeker
Thomas Nelson
Retail Price $24.99
Amazon Price: $15.80

Book Description: 

Respected family advocate Elayne Bennett brings hope and encouragement to families and shows the way to save our daughters from the many threats they face. Many girls today are caught up in a world that devalues them and prioritizes perceived needs and desires, in ways that will break their very hearts. Much of our culture undermines girls and damages their souls.Elayne Bennett has worked tirelessly in urban, suburban, and rural environments to bring hope and guidance to the lives of girls. In Daughters in Danger she reveals:

  • How American families can rescue daughters from the negative and destructive patterns of our culture
  • Why progressive feminism is the wrong answer and an inadequate solution
  • How mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends, schools, colleges and universities can be involved in saving our daughters
  • The success of the Best Friends and Best Men program models

We all—especially families—bear the responsibility for encouraging and supporting, training and directing, loving and cherishing daughters everywhere.  This book is an inspiring call to take action for their sakes.

 

Review

This was a fascinating read! I learned so much. Now I have more tools by which to teach my young daughter how to be aware of her surroundings. Now I can also be more thoughtful to those around me as we all have different and similar stories. Snap judgments no more; now I pause for more thought. I worry less for our safety because I am teaching my daughter how to be inclusive and open to her environment rather than shuttered off. We are learning to nurture and trust our intuition. We are learning the damage denial can cause and working through our own fears as a family.  This book is a call to action on behalf of our daughters and other young women who need to be mentored.

~Reviewed by Karleigh C.

    A Dad After God’s Own Heart

    A Dad After God’s Own Heart
    By Jim George
    Harvest House
    Retail Price $13.99
    Amazon Price: $10.34

    Book Description:

    What makes for a great dad? It’s not as overwhelming as you might think. It all starts with having a heart for God, and a heart for your kids.In A Dad After God’s Own Heart, bestselling author Jim George shares the simple basics for how to be a good dad with your kids. This includes…

    • letting your kids know you love and care for them
    • learning the keys to positive and effective communication
    • knowing the qualities kids need most in a dad
    • ways to encourage your children in their spiritual growth
    • how to build healthy relationships that will last for a lifetime

    As you commit to learning how to be a good dad, you’ll draw closer to your children and find fatherhood to be an incredible blessing.

    Review

     

    Every father wants to be a great dad. We want to do what is best for our children, and be the kind of father they need so that they can flourish in life. But how do you do that? In this book Jim George offers his advice on how to be a great father. In this book he urges fathers to pay attention to communication and how our kids view not only our words, but our actions. He reminds us that a great father is a father who helps his children to develop their God-given gifts and potential, and be all that God has made them to be. 

    ~Reviewed by Andy S.

      Middle School: The Inside Story

      Product DetailsMiddle School: The Inside Story
      By Cynthia Tobias
      Focus on the Family
      Retail Price $14.99
      Amazon Price: $12.30

      Book Description:

      Remember middle school? Many parents would rather not. It’s often a rough ride, filled with insecurity, peer pressure, awkwardness, and world-rocking change. This book provides practical, hands-on advice for helping your child through this minefield—with information about what he or she is really going through, but isn’t likely to share.

      Best-selling learning-styles expert Cynthia Tobias and veteran teacher Sue Acuña reveal what they’ve found by listening to kids when parents aren’t around—and give you insider tips on how to bless your middle-schooler with success in class, at home, and in relationships. Topics include advice for keeping communication lines open, predictable physical and social issues, and solutions for problems like self-centeredness and over-the-top emotions.

      Review

      This is a fantastic book for parents and teachers alike that will help you to understand the mind of the middle-school student.  You will gain insight not only into HOW they think, but WHAT they are thinking about, and the culture that they are immersed in.  This book was filled with great suggestions and the authors made use of stories and quotes from middle schoolers.  They share share better ways of communicating about a variety of topics where parents often miss the mark.

      The middle school years are difficult, no doubt.  But I remember talking to one of my kids favorite teachers and she told me that she truly enjoyed teaching this age group.  In fact, when she was deciding which grade to teach, she decided to teach middle school because she felt that “these kids deserved a teacher that liked them.”  This book will help you to become THAT teacher or parent who actually LIKES this age group.  This book is a winner.

      ~Reviewed by Helen M.

        Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family

        http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51pvWLoE%2BzL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgBecoming a Spiritually Healthy Family
        by Michelle Anthony
        David C. Cook
        Retail Price $15.99
        Amazon Price: $11.99

        Book Description: 

        We all want to guide our children into the abundant life that Jesus offers. But when we pursue the more and better that the world offers above our pursuit of Jesus, we fall into dangerous parenting habits. In Becoming a Spiritually Formed Family, Michelle Anthony unpacks six common dysfunctional parenting styles that we fall into out of habit, lack of attention, or just oversight due to busyness. If you long to show your children Jesus but don’t know how to do it, you’ll find hope in this practical guide to creating a relentlessly grace-filled home that is focused on God as first in charge.

        Includes Scripture guides, reflection questions, ideas for family rites of passage, and other real life family examples.

        Review

         

        There is no question that today’s families are struggling. Maybe your family is as well.  You want your family to focus on Jesus, yet you can’t seem to make it work.  Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family takes you to the heart of the issues, offering concrete advice to help you experience fulfilling family relationships and having a home that focuses on God.  Taking on the dysfunctional issues that are tearing today’s families apart, this book provides hope and healing to everyone who is struggling to keep their family together, happy, and healthy.

        ~Reviewed by Allie B.

         

          You for can Without Debt

          You for can Without Debt
          By Julie L. Gumm
          Abingdon Press
          Retail Price $26.00
          Amazon Price: $12.83

          Book Description: 

          Many families want to adopt, but do not have the large amount of money it takes to complete a private domestic or international adoption. Some quickly give up the idea of adopting and are left feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and discouraged. Those who choose to proceed often take out large loans or borrow from family and friends which adds to the financial pressure on the family. Author Julie Gumm shares proven strategies from her own experience as well as from others that include applying for grants, creative budgeting, and fundraising that prospective adoptive parents can use to prepare for and avoid those high costs associated with adoption.

          Review

          This is a wonderful books for childless couples and others who are looking to adopt, but can’t afford the large fees of the traditional process of adoption.   It was very informative and full of pertinent, updated information to help you understanding all aspects of the adoption process. Fairly fast reading and it was easy to understand. This book helps the reader decide whether domestic, private, agency, or international adoption is the best choice for each particular situation. A MUST for everyone who is exploring the prospects of adoption. Very thorough coverage.  We are looking into adoption and this answered a lot of our questions.

          ~Reviewed by Debbie R.

            The Pastor’s Kid

            The Pastor’s Kid
            By Barnabas Piper and John Piper
            David C. Cook
            Retail Price $12.99
            Amazon Price: $9.74

            Book Description: 

            The Only One Facing As Much Pressure As the Pastor is … The Pastor’s Kid
            Dad may be following God’s call, but the Pastor’s kids (PKs) are just following mom and dad. Often to devastating results.
            Barnabas Piper – son of Pastor and bestselling author John Piper – has experienced the challenges of being a PK first-hand. With empathy, humor, and personal stories, he addresses the pervasive assumptions, identity issues and accelerated scrutiny PKs face.
            But more than just stating the problems – he shares the one thing a PK needs above all else (as do their pastor/father and church) is to live in true freedom and wholeness.

            Review

            This book is very insightful and helps us to understand what it is like being the child of a pastor.  The author was a PK himself and shares his story in such a way as to both enlighten the reader and entertain them.  PK’s will relate to his words and find comfort in the familiarity of the author’s life.  Church members will learn how to accept PKs where they are and not put unrealistic expectations on them just because their parent is the Pastor.  This book was a good reminder that we are all human and, flaws and all, God loves us right where we are.
            ~Reviewed by Pat C.

              Get Your Joy Back

              Get Your Joy Back
              By Laurie Wallin and Joni Eareckson Tada
              Kregel
              Retail Price $13.99
              Amazon Price: $11.13

              Book Description: 

              An invitation and a promise for weary Christian parents of special needs kids from a parent who’s been there.“It isn’t the long day of monitoring a child’s precarious health or being hypervigilant about her mood and mental health challenges that weighs parents down; it’s the wishing that things were different. . . . Resentment, not the intense care they must provide their child, is the parents’ greatest stressor and source of pain.” —Laurie WallinParents of specials needs children are exhausted. They’ve done all the research, consulted all the experts, joined support groups, gotten counseling, fought for the best life for their children. Often just caring for their children’s needs and attempting to maintain a home maxes out parents’ mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves.Laurie Wallin knows firsthand the difficulties of this journey. With Get Your Joy Back, she steps forward to make a bold, audacious claim: in the midst of this long-term, intense task, it is still possible to have an abundant life, full of joy. The key to radically changing daily life and restoring joy to the weary is forgiveness. Wallin gives parents a lifeline to find that restoration, pulling them back to shore when they feel like they’re drowning.

              This book is full of practical, biblical insights and strategies to shed the resentments that leave Christian special-needs parents themselves spiritually, emotionally, and socially drained. Wallin meets readers right where they are, sugar coating nothing, but addressing issues with honesty, humor, and–above all–hope.

              Review

              One of the hardest things for me to describe about my experiences as the mom of a child with some special needs is how lonely it sometimes feels. It’s weird for me to say this because I have wonderful family and friend support. There is a plethora of people available to hear me and help me, should I need them. But I find it difficult to always adequately express what is bothering me about my 5-year-old daughter with special needs.  Some worries I can’t put into words. Often, there’s no concrete reason for my concern… it’s just a feeling I have.  This often leads to depression or a loss of joy in not only parenting, but life in general.  The author does  a wonderful job of walking beside you, sharing her story, and giving you tips and resources about getting your joy back by giving up the resentment (open or hidden) about your difficult situation.  I found it very encouraging and uplifting and I was able to apply so many things to my own life.

              ~Reviewed by Allie B.

                The Hope of Heaven: Alan M. Hallene Jr.

                Product DetailsThe Hope of Heaven: Alan M. Hallene Jr.
                By Alan M. Hallene Jr. and Erin Keeley Marshall
                Thomas Nelson
                Retail Price $19.99
                Amazon Price: $14.94

                Book Description: 

                Sometimes, when the worst becomes reality, God turns theoretical musing into heavenly experience. Al Hallene discovered his college-student son’s body after Alex hanged himself. While Al waited for the authorities to arrive, he had ten minutes alone with his son. During that wrenching time, God gave Al eight visions of heaven, where the father and son would someday reunite. As Al recounts those heartening and healing moments, readers are reminded of the affirming hope that Christians share even while asking the real questions tragedy raises: Will we see our lost loved ones again?  Does God care about our pain? What does this mean for us now?

                Review

                The topic of suicide is almost taboo in Christian circles.  Many believe if you take your own life, you will not go to Heaven.   This makes it very difficult for family members that are left behind, and leaves them virtually without hope.  In this book Al Hallene steps up and shares his experiences when he found his son who had hanged himself.  As we walk with him through this torturous time, we find understanding and hope of a future reunion.  This is a good book for grieving parents.

                ~Reviewed by David H.

                  Raising an Army of Helman’s Warriors

                  Product DetailsRaising an Army of Helman’s Warriors
                  By by Mark D. Ogletree, Ph.D., Kevin A. Hinckley and MA
                  Cedar Fort Publishing
                  Retail Price: $15.99
                  Amazon Price: $12.82

                  Book Description:  You don’t need to be an expert to be a good mom; you just need the Lord’s help. Learn how to seek out the best parenting Guide the Holy Ghost in this insightful and inspiring book. With personal stories, research, and interviews, this is every mother’s must-read handbook for finding answers and keeping the Spirit in her home.

                  Review

                  This book is about how to make your home mission-friendly and gives advice on how to raise your kids to mission-minded.  God calls us to bring the Gospel to the world and we need to remember the importance of this when raising our families.  The authors give great advice and tips and share relevant real-life stories.  I found the book to be very edifying, with its principals easy to apply.

                  ~Reviewed by Allie B.

                    The Pastor’s Kid

                    The Pastor’s Kid
                    By Barnabas Piper and John Piper
                    David C. Cook
                    Retail Price $12.99
                    Amazon Price: $9.74

                    Book Description: 

                    The Only One Facing As Much Pressure As the Pastor is … The Pastor’s Kid
                    Dad may be following God’s call, but the Pastor’s kids (PKs) are just following mom and dad. Often to devastating results.
                    Barnabas Piper – son of Pastor and bestselling author John Piper – has experienced the challenges of being a PK first-hand. With empathy, humor, and personal stories, he addresses the pervasive assumptions, identity issues and accelerated scrutiny PKs face.
                    But more than just stating the problems – he shares the one thing a PK needs above all else (as do their pastor/father and church) is to live in true freedom and wholeness.

                    Review

                    This book is very insightful and helps us to understand what it is like being the child of a pastor.  The author was a PK himself and shares his story in such a way as to both enlighten the reader and entertain them.  PK’s will relate to his words and find comfort in the familiarity of the author’s life.  Church members will learn how to accept PKs where they are and not put unrealistic expectations on them just because their parent is the Pastor.  This book was a good reminder that we are all human and, flaws and all, God loves us right where we are.
                    ~Reviewed by Pat C.