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Can One Day of Kindness Really Change Everything?

Can One Day of Kindness Really Change Everything? - Parenting Like HannahRecently, I was asked to review a new book, Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything by Hal Donaldson and Kirk Noonan (Sorry, but I believe ghost writers should get equal billing.) Social justice has taken front stage in our world lately and I was interested in reading what was billed as a Christian book on the subject.

Before I share some of the very serious issues I have with this book from a Christian perspective, let me say I don’t actually have many problems with this book if it were marketed as a secular book. Ultimately, that’s what this book really is – a secular book on social justice – with the lightest coat of Jesus varnish on it.

The subjects covered range from serving others to showing kindness and more. The discussions include a wide range of topics on a rather basic level. Each of the 22 chapters ends with several ideas of concrete ways to implement the concepts in that chapter. Most are what you would find on any list of service project ideas for kids and honestly, a couple of them sounded almost trite, or at least forced.

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Finding the “Right” Bible for Your Child

Finding the Right Bible for Your Child- Parenting Like Hannah

 

If you haven’t thought about it before, you may think buying a Bible for your child is just going to a bookstore and picking out the cover you think your kid will like. Sadly, picking the “wrong” Bible can discourage your children from ever developing the habit of independent Bible reading – for the rest of their lives.

Thankfully, asking yourself and your child these questions as you purchase a Bible for each of your children (this is one of the most important purchases you absolutely must make for each child – or ask your local church to help) will help you choose the “right” Bible for your kids.

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The Simplest Way For Your Family to Change the World

The Simplest Way for Families to Change the World - Parenting Like HannahOne of the things I constantly suggest families do regularly is to entertain people in their homes. There are so many benefits to your family when you host others. I was obviously interested then when offered an opportunity to review a new book on the subject, The Simplest Way to Change the World by Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements.

Willis and Clements make the case that through bringing others into your home you can more easily accomplish two of the main goals of Christians – serving others and sharing your faith. In fact, one of my favorite concepts in the book is that hospitality is not a nice, optional activity for Christians – if they have a large house, nice furniture, extra money for great food and plenty of free time. Instead, they maintain hospitality is actually commanded of Christians.

Indeed, Hebrews 13:2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” and I Peter 4:9 “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” are only two of several verses in the New Testament commanding Christians to practice hospitality.

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Learning to Enjoy Christian Parenting

Learning to Enjoy Christian Parenting - Parenting Like HannahHave you ever sat down with a group of moms? On a good day, it can be a lot of fun laughing and celebrating all things parenting. On many days, however, the conversation spirals into complaints and even whining. Now as a card carrying optimist, I’m not usually given to negative thinking for very long, but even I have days when it seems life has drained the joy out of my world.

For Christian parents, our journey has an added twist. What is the second fruit of the Spirit? Yep. After love comes joy. If we are letting the Spirit work in us, we should be joyful more often than not. So what needs to happen to bring the joy back into our lives?

Enjoy:Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts by Trillia Newbell is about finding that joy in God’s blessings. It’s also about gratitude, but it’s ultimately about more than just joy and gratitude. Newbell takes the time to consider ten or so categories of gifts from God ranging from intimacy with our spouses to material possessions to our complicated relationships with food, work, rest and more.

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Fun New Book for Christian Kids

Fun New Book for Christian Kids - Parenting Like HannahI love it when kids read their Bibles. It’s probably one of the most important gifts you can give your kids – the gift of loving reading the Bible. But let’s face it. The Bible can be an intimidating book for early readers. Some who haven’t heard many Bible stories may even think it is “boring” just because it’s thick. In other posts, I have shared some tips for helping kids overcome their concerns about Bible reading. For some kids though, you may want a little help from someone else.

Bible Trivia, Jokes and Fun Facts for Kids by Troy Schmidt is a fun new book that might spark an interest in some kids for reading the Bible. The book is actually a combination of riddles, jokes, trivia quizzes, word games, fun facts and more. To me, the book is worth it for the jokes and riddles as any parent of a riddle and joke crazed young child will tell you – any new material is most welcome. (And there are some really cute ones I hadn’t heard before.)

For those looking for activities to keep kids busy while traveling in the car or waiting somewhere, there is enough variety for most kids to find some sort of puzzles or fun facts that will interest them. The book has over 150 pages of activities, so it should keep your child busy for awhile. In fact there are even a couple of pages of table talk questions to discuss as a family.

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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)