Raising kids to be Christians is tough. Almost every choice you make seems to go against culture. It often seems easier to cave in and do what everyone else is doing rather than constantly making choices that leave you in the minority.
It doesn’t help that everyone today believes their opinion is absolute truth. Which is a bit ironic, as they will also tell you there is no absolute truth, and God can’t be the source of truth. No wonder everyone is so confused.
So, I was interested when offered the chance to review the book Adamant by Lisa Bevere. Billed as a way for Christians to find real truth, its purpose is to give readers a framework for differentiating between opinions and God’s truths.
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If you’ve been a parent for very long, you realize kids have different personalities. Some of your children may absolutely love a particular activity, while your other kids like something totally different. That’s why we are always on the lookout for resources your kids might enjoy.
Recently, I was offered a chance to review the book The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life by Erica and Jonathan Catherman. The book claims to coach girls on everything from “how to ace an interview, change a tire, talk to a guy and 97 other skills you need to thrive.” For girls who love earning Girl Scout badges and patches, this sounds like a book they would love.
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Motherhood is exhausting! When your kids are little, it’s often from lack of sleep as they wake at odd hours for feedings and diaper changes. Older kids can mean nights lying on the floor beside the bed of a very sick child. Teens can mean losing sleep worrying over any number of things. Add to lack of sleep, constant running in circles and often back breaking chores and volunteer work and many moms are running on fumes.
Running on empty is not a great place from which to parent. HALT really applies to adults, too. When we are hungry, angry, lonely and tired, we don’t always make the best parenting choices. So what’s the answer? Find Rest, a devotional journal by Shaunti Feldhahn tries to provide some help for women needing the answer to that question.
The book is actually advertised as a 60- day devotional book. I would add journal, only because there is so much space given to the reader to allow for journaling. I love the idea that it is 60 days, taking away the pressure from inevitably missing a day when it is a specific date. (After all, the book is for super busy women!) I’m not a fan of devotional books in general (just a personal preference thing), but I really do love the space she gives for writing your own thoughts.
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Giving Christian Parenting advice can be a bit tricky. While there are definitely lots of commands and principles that help, there aren’t thousands or verses that specifically address parents. Yet, God is the best parenting expert there is. He never gives us bad advice and never comes back a generation later to admit what He told you was wrong.
So what does God teach us in the Bible that is helpful in parenting? The new book, The Life Giving Parent by Clay and Sally Clarkson attempts to answer that very question. The authors try to break down Christian parenting into eight ways of touching your child’s life with God. From numbering your child’s days to guarding your child’s heart and more, they give a pretty thorough covering of the main areas of Christian parenting.
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Navigating life in a stepfamily can be difficult. Obviously, it wasn’t in God’s perfect plan, but it may be your reality. In addition to what you would normally need to do to help your kids build strong spiritual foundations, you now have to heal any brokenness and build a strong new family.
I was interested when offered the opportunity to review the new book, Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily by Ron Deal. The book is organized like a daily devotional book. Each entry is dated and is less than one page in length. Deal covers everything from having kids living in two homes to family pictures.
Some of the advice has a spiritual slant to it while other entries are more practical without any mention of anything that could be called spiritual. The advice itself seems to be practical and helpful. It’s easy to read and understand.
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