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Praying for Girls

Praying for Girls - Parenting Like HannahOne of the ways you can have a tremendous impact on your children is to be in constant prayer for them. If you are a new Christian, a new parent or just have a rather free range prayer life, you may wonder what you should pray for each of your kids and how to organize your prayer life in some way.

Obviously, you will have specific, unique prayer requests for each child. There are some things though that can be prayed for any child, and some prayers that are more suited for what boys experience, while others are for what girls experience (in general).

I was interested when offered the chance to review the new book Praying for Girls by Teri Lynne Underwood. Underwood hasn’t just written a book of prayers for you to recite – which is great – because I am not at all a fan of the “written for me” prayer. She has divided the book into five sections with four topics under each (plus a few extra chapters at the beginning and end). Each chapter discusses why the author believes this is an area of focused prayer you should have for your daughters.

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Are Your Expectations for Your Kids Too High?

Are Your Expectations for Your Kids Too High? - Parenting Like HannahA few weeks ago, I shared my thoughts on God’s call for perfection and how that should change us and how we raise our children.. There is another side to the story I also mentioned briefly in that post. Parents can not only have unhealthy expectations for their children, but those expectations can also be unrealistic.

I was interested to read of a new book Love That Boy by Ron Fournier. What would a secular journalist have to say on the subject of parental expectations? Would any of it apply to Christian parents? As it turns out, Fournier does have quite a bit of useful information to share.

Woven throughout the book is the story of Fournier and two of his children. Primarily, he focuses on his relationship with his son who is on the autism spectrum. Although he mentions a third child briefly, Fournier also shares quite a bit about his eldest daughter. In spite of her academic and other successes, she struggled with depression and even became suicidal at one point. Obviously, the author had a lot to process regarding his kids and his expectations of them.

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Teaching Kids About Vocational Ministry

Teaching Kids About Vocational Ministry - Parenting Like HannahIf you have a child in a Christian college or even a teen, you may have heard him/her mention the concept of vocational ministry. In short, vocational ministry is what was practiced by the Apostle Paul and Priscilla and Aquila. They were tent makers and continued to practice their trade as they were also teaching others about God.

The Bible doesn’t give us a lot of details, but one would imagine they met people through their trade. Those relationships gave them opportunities to demonstrate and share their faith as they worked, as well as teaching in their time outside of the “office”.

I love the concept and think it’s great to teach our kids how they can serve others and share their faith through almost any job (assuming the job doesn’t violate any of God’s commands!) they may have now or in the future. So, I was excited when offered the chance to review the book Every Job a Parable by John Van Sloten.

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Resource for Christian Parents in the Military

Resource for Christian Parents in the Military - Parenting Like HannahGrowing up in Virginia, I had friends whose parents were in a branch of the military, FBI, CIA or a host of other jobs requiring their families to move frequently. I was always amazed at how quickly and often skillfully, they were able to dive into a new environment at school or church.

As I grew older, I also heard stories from military wives (at the time women were rarely deployed) of the difficulties they faced while their husbands were deployed and when they returned. It is a tough life, no matter how much support the military gives them.

So, I was interested when offered the chance to review Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move by Bekah DiFelice. Billed as a book “helping readers to find their home by realizing it is rooted in God” (paraphrased) is really not the best description of this book. While not totally inaccurate, the marketing department of the publisher blew it on this one.

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Navigating the Empty Nest

Navigating the Empty Nest - Parenting Like HannahWhen your kids are little, the idea of an empty nest can seem a million years away. Trust me, though. As the parent of a “child” entering her senior year in college, the years actually flew by. As with most things in life, you can’t totally prepare for huge changes like an empty nest. Knowing what is coming and making some tentative plans though, will make it much easier to navigate.

So, I was interested to review a new book called the Guide to the Empty Nest:Discovering New Purpose, Passion, and Your Next Great Adventure, by Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates. The book itself is divided into three major parts: “We’re in This Together”, “Let’s Get Honest” and “Let’s Move Forward”. In total, ten topics are covered within the chapters of this book. It really is a good thorough guide to the topics facing a mother of a newly empty nest.

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)