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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Plough Publishing House (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874869978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874869972
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Parents and societies around the world, says family counselor and father of eight Arnold (Why Forgive?; Seeking Peace, etc.), are hypocritical when it comes to their children. Declaring 2000 the Year of the Child does not put children first, nor do parents who work harder and longer to give their children everything they believe they need yet don't spend enough time with them. Children require the quality of love that comes with "reverence," he asserts. Teachers and caregivers are underpaid, schools are in dire need of resources and parents delude themselves by thinking they're spending time with their kids, when, in fact, they're watching TV while the kids are surfing the Web. With references to famous advocates (Jonathan Kozol, Mother Teresa and Mary Pipher), as well as everyday moms and dads who are changing their lives to put kids first (such as the father who quit his lucrative job at a prestigious law firm to spend more time with his daughters), Arnold presents a strong case for recovering the spiritual aspects of child rearing, such as "the power of a hug." ("Without such breadAthat is, without warmth, humor, kindness, and compassionAthe most carefully considered discipline will eventually backfire.") In our quest for greater meaning in our lives, let us not forget the children, begs Arnold in this lovingly written book, which is less a how-to than a bold instrument of advocacy for America's kids. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This book's title makes it sound more ominous than it is. Arnold's harshness eases as chapters progress, and he again emerges as a passionate advocate for a civil society, one that loves children and allows them to be children. A pastor and counselor within the Bruderhof community, Arnold (Seeking Peace; Cries from the Heart) here concentrates on the ills facing American children, mainly materialism and the lack of stable, loving families. Child abuse, guns, consumerism, drug abuse, Ritalin, ruptured families, social pressure, overstimulationDthese all rally against healthy, humane childhoods. Arnold praises black sheep, disdains divorce, asks anti-abortionists to live peaceably under the law, and pleads for a return to reverence for life. An excellent choice for public libraries, this is inspiring reading, and not just for parents.DLinda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over a million copies of his books in print in more than 20 languages.

A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years. His books include Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, and Why Children Matter.

Arnold's message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, César Chavez, and John Paul II. Together with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald, Arnold started the Breaking the Cycle program, working with students at hundreds of public high schools to promote reconciliation through forgiveness. This work has also brought him to conflict zones from Northern Ireland to Rwanda to the Middle East. Closer to home, he serves as chaplain for the local sheriff's department.

Born in Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, 42 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.

To learn more visit www.richinyears.com

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Parents and anyone who works with children, I highly recommend this book!
Gilbert Thomson, PT
It would be easy for anyone who loves children to be in unending depression, given the hostility our society has against children.
an avid arnold reader
We only have one chance with each of our children this book will help us make the most of it.
joemck

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2000
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Do not answer this to quickly. This book gives insight to the heart of a child where no other book that I have read has. Arnold brings out the best in parents to help them in the raising of children. Arnold challanges the ME centered life and shows the way to real parenting. This book should be read by young and old.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By joemck on June 28, 2000
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As a father of four teens and a youth counselor I would like to recommend this book highly to other parents and anyone who works with kids. Arnold not only draws on his own experience but weaves in dozens of stories told by parents and children from all over the world. He challenges many of the well meaning but potentially harmful norms that we parents fall into. We only have one chance with each of our children this book will help us make the most of it.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2000
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The book "Endangerd" confronts us exciting problems that usually our Culture is afraid to face. It ask's questions like: "Is Ritalin Mind Control? Should Kids Sue Divorcing Parents? It chalenges the Reader to think about different issues such as: How to Raise Clones. Your kids want you,not your Money. Burn those Parenting Books. Bad Kids are people too. Good Children are Fakes. Children want your love and your time. "Endangerd" calls on parents to take drastic measures to counter bankruptcy in society and public policy.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By "joemck" on July 1, 2000
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I am a youth counselor and father of 4 teenagers and haveturned to the author a number of times for advice over the lastyears. His book challenges many of the well-meaning but destructive norms of parenting that so many of us fall into. It also helps us grasp our children's place in a bigger picture, a world that is systematically destroying the childlike spirit. Focus on some of Arnold's insights while your kids are still young enough to benefit!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2000
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I'm excited about this latest book by Johann Christoph Arnold. My husband and I have 6 young kids and need all the wisdom and encouragement we can get. Arnold is punchy and yet encouraging. Two chapters helped us especially and even changed our way of thinking: "In praise of black sheep" and "The power of a hug." Having a black sheep or two among our tribe, we were encouraged by Arnold's words that just these kids will grow up to be the makers and breakers of history. They will turn out to be creative and independent thinkers. But the emphasis of the book is typical of Arnold: reverence for the child and the childlike spirit. Yet the book is not "religious" in any way. It's for everyone -- parents, grandparents, daycare teachers,schoolteachers -- everyone who is fearful about what kind of world our children will inherit from the mess we have made, and what we can do about it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Chris Alex on July 10, 2000
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I ordered copies of...[this] to send to my friends andfamily. As a young parent (my son is four months old), his coremessage that nothing can ever replace the time spent with our children (or, indeed, the tears we shed over them) hits home. But this is more than a book for parents; it throws down a gauntlet in front of a social order that, sadly, would rather neglect children than welcome them. In doing so, ENDANGERED invites criticism and acclaim -- it is truly a brave book, from the heart of a man who knows the significance of placing children first.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert Thomson, PT on July 10, 2000
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As a professional who works with children, I must say that this excellent book boldly confronts many of the problems children face today. Some of the issues are age-old, such as the child who does not fit in, while other issues like Ritalin and school violence have grown in recent years. In a hopeful, yet realistic way the author gives sound advice for all of us who interact with children. I will treasure and use this resource in my work, as well as in my family as my own child grows. Parents and anyone who works with children, I highly recommend this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2000
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Good luck! This book is a real eye opener and also an encouragement to Parents like me! As the Dad of 7 kids (ages 9 to 18 years) I have to say that this is absolutely the best book on the subject of raising children, (I mean in real life, and Arnold must have had a bunch of em) that I have ever read. As a parent, some times I get the impression that I am the only one that's constantly struggling to find the right way with our Kids. No!, I am not alone. This book will make you realize that Parenting is a global struggle and for me personally it gives me a new determination to continue to fight for my own Children and for all Children. By reading this book I have learned a lot and been encouraged a lot, I only regret that I did not have it 19years ago. This is not a book that you can read once and then put away. If you are like me you will probably find yourself reading it several times to begin with and then keep going back to it for reference.
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