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Wonderful New Resource for Expectant Fathers

Wonderful Resource for New Dads- Parenting Like Hannah - Parenting Like HannahWhen I got pregnant for the first time, we were immediately given a copy of What to Expect When You Are Expecting. I practically wore the book out as I went through my pregnancy. Although my husband was an interested and involved dad, it just didn’t seemed to resonate with him as much. I have wondered ever since what sort of book first time dads need to help navigate them through the “dad side” of the pregnancy equation.

I think I have finally found the perfect book! Best of all, the author is Christian and although he doesn’t talk about God and his faith on every page, he makes it clear a strong faith in God is essential. The New Dad’s Playbook is written by NFL tight end Benjamin Watson. That fact alone would have made my husband interested in reading the book. It covers everything from the moment you first find out you are pregnant until after the baby comes home from the hospital.

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Christian Moms and Friendship

Christian Moms and Friends - Parenting Like HannahLet’s be really honest here. When your kids are tiny, it feels as if some tiny precious human is permanently attached to you. As your kids get older, there are often many more kids around than you actually get to claim on your taxes. Yet even with all of these people swarming around you asking for attention and help – motherhood can be extremely lonely. Sometimes, you want to cry for those long ago friendships when you had the time and energy to talk for hours about everything and nothing.

Which is why, I was interested when offered the chance to review Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships by Lisa-Jo Baker. Could her book help moms create and nurture the friendships they so desperately need and crave?

The book is divided into four main sections with several chapters in each. The sections address our fears, what we can’t do, what we can do and how to get started.

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Teaching Daughters About Women’s Roles in the Church

Teaching Daughters About Women's Roles in the Church - Parenting Like HannahIf you are a woman who attends church on a regular basis, you have probably heard discussions about the roles women can and can’t play in God’s Kingdom. Those of us raised in the feminist era have been trained to begin feeling angry whenever we are denied something a man is given – period. We have been told life must be fair – which to the world means equal.

One of the most difficult things for people to truly accept in the core of their beings is that God sees life very differently than humans do, and because He is the all-knowing, all-wise God, He gets to make the rules. These rules are in our best interest because they were created by the one who created us and loves us more than we can understand.

Yet, often mankind has made rules where God never intended them to be. In fact, that was one of God’s problems with the Pharisees. They had created so many extra rules, the people could barely breathe without breaking one of them. Or, we want to discard the rules we don’t like as being outdated or only “for those people in that time” – not for us.

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Kids, The Bible and Fairy Tales

Kids, The Bible and Fairy Tales - Parenting Like HannahYoung children are concrete thinkers. Until the early elementary school years (the age range for moving to the next stage varies from 7 – 11 years old), your children are basically unable to think in abstract or hypothetical ways. Even beyond that age, there may be bits and pieces of information which are still incorrectly processed in concrete ways. So when you say “It’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.”,  they think it is literally true.

Which brings me to my latest book review. Meeting Moses by Robert Chasin and Matt Roussel is a new children’s picture book that aims to teach kids about the life of Moses. The authors do so however, by introducing a modern character named Max who travels to Egypt during the time of Moses in a time machine. The book itself has great illustrations which look like they came from a quality animated movie.

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Great Family Devotional Resource

Great Family Devotional Resource - Parenting Like HannahFamily devotionals are tough. We all have the best of intentions, but it seems like most of us accomplish family devotionals sporadically at best. One of the problems is keeping it interesting for kids and easy for parents. So, I’m always on the lookout for family devotional resources to help.

Recently, I was offered the opportunity to review 52 Weekly Devotionals For Busy Families by Karen Whiting. This great devotional guide is brand new and could provide just what you have been wanting. For me, the best part is that it is divided into weekly devotionals, but not daily ones within that framework. Which means you can stay on track – and not become discouraged – if you have a crazy week and only one devotional or a more normal week when you have five or six devotionals.

Within each devotional, the reader is given a theme verse for the week and a longer scripture reference of about a chapter or less. The longer scripture is usually connected to a Bible story. Whiting provides a short devotional reading similar to what you are familiar with in other devotional books. What I really appreciate though is that she took the effort to add three or more activity ideas, two or more ideas for creating a family devotional journal or scrapbook and three or more discussion prompts.

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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)