One of the goals I had at the beginning of the year, when we all have grand plans of getting stuff done in the coming year, was to read more books. My goal was two books a month – easy, right?
I made a list of books to read, wrote them down, and then quickly became consumed with daily life and the busyness that comes with raising a constantly-moving baby turned toddler and an easily-bored preschooler. Needless to say, I only finished reading maybe one book on my list. Waa-waa.
Well, with this blog, I was accepted into a few blogger review programs of various publishers and will be forced to read and write reviews.
This summer, I picked three books to review and could not have chosen any better ones for this time in my life. All of these books are wonderful and are all Field Trip Family approved!
This is a picture book geared toward preschoolers and presents the gospel message in a simple, rhyming style. It breaks up the gospel into four memorable words: Wow, Uh-Oh, Yes, and Ahh. I love the colorful and inviting illustrations and the musical flow of the wording. At the end of the book, there are Bible verse references in the “For Further Study” section, where you can spend some time in the Word with your children beyond this basic book. This is a wonderful presentation of the gospel to young children and an easy, fun and age-appropriate way for parents to introduce or reinforce God’s salvation plan.
Parenting is hard. It’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life so far. This is a terrific book packed with so many practical and helpful tips and tactics to deal with childhood behaviors and issues. I like how the book is broken up into several short chapters of only a few pages, which is ideal for busy parents. I tore through this book and finished it in one weekend. At the end of each chapter, the author highlights a useful tip that you can quickly revisit if you want to refer back to the book, which I expect to be doing in the future. He also includes specific illustrations and examples, which were especially useful. The concepts in this book are not particularly novel or revolutionary, however, if applied to your own parenting, could possibly revolutionize the future for your children. This is definitely a book I recommend for any parent.
As with probably most people, I was familiar with and had read The 5 Love Languages long ago before getting married and having kids. The actual love languages were not new to me, but I was very interested in how it applied to the parent-child relationship. As I read through this book, I realized just how timely and appropriate this book was and was so thankful for the encouraging, yet challenging, words and the practical help and ideas presented. The author also includes specific examples of ways to display each of the love languages to your children, which I found to be particularly beneficial. Every parent needs to reach the hearts of their children to really make a positive impact, and this book can help parents do just that. This is a must read for all parents.
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