Building Better Families and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $23.00
  • Save: $6.52 (28%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 16 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it tomorrow, April 17? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Fast Shipping and a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee! This book has some shelf wear, and the dust jacket fit a little bit loosely.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Building Better Families: A Practical Guide to Raising Amazing Children Hardcover


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$16.48
$11.17 $0.50 $8.95
Paperback
"Please retry"
Audio CD
"Please retry"
$25.69

Frequently Bought Together

Building Better Families: A Practical Guide to Raising Amazing Children + The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose + The Seven Levels of Intimacy: The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved
Price for all three: $43.07

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345494539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345494535
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Praise for Building Better Families

“All parents share the same awesome responsibility–to bring out the best in their children. This wonderful book will help you do just that. Matthew Kelly shares his experiences from growing up in a loving family of eight children, and the insight and wisdom that resulted. He’s given us an easy-to-read, heartwarming, and practical guide to raising great kids.”
–Hal Urban, author of Life’s Greatest Lessons

Perfectly Yourself

“Compelling . . . pragmatic . . . transcendental . . . You don’t have to leave your own backyard to find enduring happiness. . . . [Perfectly Yourself] is accessible to any belief system.”
–Wichita Falls Times Record News

The Rhythm of Life

“I loved this book! It provides significant insights into living a happier, healthier, more rewarding life.”
–Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The Seven Levels of Intimacy

“A highly readable, well-written book that contains deep wisdom and practical guidance about relationships that will be useful to everyone seeking genuine and durable intimacy, especially couples. I highly recommend it.”
–Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples

About the Author

Matthew Kelly is the author of several books, including Perfectly Yourself, The Rhythm of Life, The Seven Levels of Intimacy and The Dream Manager. His books have appeared on multiple bestseller lists, including those of The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. For more than a decade Kelly has been traveling the globe, and more than three million people in fifty countries have attended his seminars. Kelly is the founder of The Matthew Kelly Foundation, whose major charitable work is to help young people discover their mission in life. Kelly is also the president of Floyd Consulting, a Chicago-based consulting company that helps corporations become the-best-version-of-themselves.

More About the Author

Matthew Kelly, the New York Times bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life and The Dream Manager has been captivating audiences around the world since his late teens. Over the past decade, more than four million people have attended his seminars in over fifty countries. Kelly is the president of Floyd Consulting.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
15
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 16 customer reviews
This well written book is great.
Snoopy
This product is for any parent out there interested in raising children successfully in this very scary and backwards world!
Anne Elizabeth
This book really opens my eyes as a man, it really different from what my dad teaches my in the past.
Dharmawan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on June 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Matthew Kelly has taken a complex, difficult subject and made it simple. Not easy, but simple. He engages the reader in a series of conversations that run parallel to developing as an adult-and what we want for our children (or grandchildren).

Oftentimes his advice is a blinding flash of the obvious-but more often than not is something we know at some level-but are not acting on. For example he explores the four needs that every child has-and clearly differentiates between what we all can clearly recognize as a need-and something that is simply a want. I'd be more specific, but frankly, I want you to be curious and buy this book-it's that good.

He also clearly spells out the four things a child really needs from a parent, and then peppers the chapter with specific how-to's. One of the most poignant stories in the book is that of a five-year-old child asking his father how much he earned. The father got upset with this line of questioning, but eventually told his son "twenty dollars." Armed with that information his son asked if he could have ten dollars. This infuriated the father who proceeded to educate (or rather berate) his son in a very loud voice. He then sent him to bed. After a bit the father realized how harsh he had been and went to the son's room, apologized and asked forgiveness. He then gave his son the ten dollars that he had requested. With that the small boy pulled some crumpled bills out from under his pillow. This immediately caused the father to be upset again-until the boy said, "I was ten dollars short, but now I have enough. Can I buy an hour of your time?"

What a humbling experience. And this is the type of compelling story Kelly tells over and over again to make his key points come to life.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By catholic carrie on March 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Matthew Kelly is a motivating, dynamic and incredible messenger of truth for all. I would recommend Building Better Families to all members of the human family not just to the people who are raising children at the moment. He emphasizes filtering all your choices for yourself (or for those you are entrusted with caring for) through the question of "Will this help me to become the best version of myself?" That question brings clarity and reason back to the big decisions and the smaller choices in life.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Shunxing on May 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
After reading it, I started to practise & I can see positive result within my family and most important is within myself. A must read for all who wish to have a wonderful relationship & family.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Danesi on March 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Grandparents, you know all the advice you give your children and you are not sure they are listening ? Give them this book. This is a great book for raising all grandchildren and not just the amazing ones. The messages and directions are simple, similar to Rhythm of Life which is an earlier book by Matthew Kelly (and should also be shared with your children, especially the CD version, because we all know they don't have time to read.)

The ability for all of us to share messages of love and affection and caring, the approach to valuing time, the need to develop sincerity, and the need to show parental love as a real emotion and not an abstract, not a throw away remark to justify doing something unpleasant, are well laid out and solidly applied.

The goals espoused are all attainable with some reprioritization and focus. They do not require joining a commune, adopting holistic practices, or removing all wheat based products from your diet.

The book is an easy read for grandparents who will find themselves shouting out "yes", and crying out "listen to this" and wanting immediately to jump up and hug them all, big and small, toddler and teenager, and, yes, their parents. Maybe they will even start going to church.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne Elizabeth on June 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This product is for any parent out there interested in raising children successfully in this very scary and backwards world! By success, I mean "children that are happy, healthy, and know who they are both as persons and as memebers of their family". Besides being a great buy, it's also a GREAT GIFT! That came from the family that I purchased this CD set for. =-) If you ever get a chance to hear the speaker in person, I highly recommend it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Guilford on May 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is excellent advice to raising amazing children. I only wish my children weren't grown. I will be utilizing the information on my grandchildren. Don't wait another minute. Order this CD set today.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By curly on July 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Matthew Kelly opens eyes and hearts. This book has made such a positive difference. Not the usual self-help material but universal all the same.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on March 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Matthew Kelly is a brillant man and writer. Practical, logical truths that hold through the test of time and experience. Always encouraging people and families to be the-best-version-of-themselves. Great parenting tips that we all knew, but need reminding...be honest, set an example, have a vision/direction to lead your children, etc.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0xa22c7e64)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?