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New Devotional Resource for Tweens

New Devotional Resource for Tweens - Parenting Like HannahWhen our daughter was old enough to be interested in a personal devotional or Bible study, we really had a difficult time finding books that were appropriate for her interests and had enough Bible without being too “preachy”. Even though our daughter is now in college, I’m always looking for books to suggest for great personal devotionals during those upper elementary and middle school years.

So, I was interested when offered the opportunity to review the new devotional book Girl Talk, Guy Talk by Jesse Flores and Karen Whiting. The book is marketed as 50 devotionals for both guys and girls on a variety of communication topics. The entries alternate, with one for girls usually followed by one for guys on a similar topic. The topics cover just about any type of communication question or problem a young person may face. Although the authors don’t really mention a target age for readers, some of the topics suggest it was written with older teens in mind.

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Can Looking at Your Childhood Strengthen Your Marriage?

Can Looking at Your Childhood Strengthen Your Marriage? - Parenting Like HannahWant to raise a child to be a strong Christian? Want your kids to stay away from drugs, alcohol and premarital sex? Want them to be emotionally and psychologically healthy? Read any books or articles on those topics and one of the top suggestions is usually for their parents to have a strong, healthy marriage. Just like everything else, it’s no guarantee, but the odds improve greatly for any children raised in a home where their parents have a strong marriage and parent together.

As a result, I am always interested in any new resource designed to strengthen marriages. So, I was naturally curious when offered the chance to review a classic in marriage books, How We Love (Expanded Edition), by Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

Originally published in 2008, this expanded version of the book has some new material and new diagrams. Since this is my first exposure to the book, I can’t really comment on the extra content. The current version honestly has some great things and some aspects that concern me.

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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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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)