Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway last week. The winner was Sherlock Has Returned from Instagram. Congratulations, Sherlock! (Also, she has some pretty great bookish pictures so y’all should check them out!
And now, for the first book review of 2019. 🙂
FIRST OFF, SOME STATS:
Back Cover Blurb
How to raise godly children in a godless world
Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle? Against the culture, against the busyness, sometimes even against your spouse and kids… Often it seems like everything is against you as a parent, and your everyday life can feel far from joy-filled. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Parents Rising will show you eight cultural trends that parents are up against today and what you can do to claim victory.
This book is about growth not guilt. It’s not a pep talk, or a “try harder” speech. This is real help for real problems that every parent faces. It’s a way to focus your efforts so that they’ll be more effective and you’ll be less exhausted.
Why I Choose This Book
I’ve read books by Arlene Pellicane before and really liked what she had to say, plus her writing style is easy to read. Miss Arlene talks a lot about children and technology and I find that subject fascinating. Plus, Gary Chapman wrote the forward and I really like his work. ((And, as always, here is my disclaimer: I’m not married and don’t have kids, therefore I’m reviewing this book from that perspective.))
What I Thought About This Book
This book was so good and so fast and easy to read. Most of the time it takes me longer to read nonfiction than fiction, but I blew through this book in two sittings and barely wanted to put it down. Miss Arlene uses a combination of examples from her own life, situations she’s seen, Bible verses, and statistics to write a compelling book that gives parents eight strategies for raising kids who love God.
As a non-parent, I always find it intriguing to see the thought process as to why parents do what they do. The psychological side of parenting is something that I’ve always found interesting and Miss Arlene does a really good job of explaining things in a very easy to understand way.
Her strategies are very practical and have solid reasoning behind them and statistics to back up what she has to say. The chapter titles include “Amusement Is Not the Highest Priority”, “Launching Adults, Not Babying Children”, and “Good Food Served on the Table.” Each chapter was encouraging, entertaining, thought-provoking, and included ideas about how to incorporate the strategy into everyday life.
This is one of my favorite parenting books I’ve read yet, and one that I hope to re-read after I have children. It’s short and therefore not overwhelming to pick up, plus it’s so full of good information.
I’m giving Parents Rising 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it as highly as a non-parent can get away with recommending a book without being annoying. 😉
((This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for me reviewing it, all thoughts and opinions are my own.))