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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Press (November 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781591280811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591280811
  • ASIN: 1591280818
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loving the Little Years is a delightful book. That may seem a strange comment on a book that deals with life with such candor. It's all here: the fights in the back of the car, the dirty diapers, sinks full of dishes, runny noses, exhaustion--all the stuff of having five young children. It is a fresh and honest book, because it faces the problem of sin (both in kids and in parents). It is filled with profound insights into living wisely as a Christian parent. It has all the things I look for in a parenting book the focus is nurture, not just control; the motivation and empowerment is grace and not efforts. This book will help any mom (or dad for that matter) with loving the little years. --Tedd Tripp, pastor and author of Shepherding a Child's Heart

Insightful, encouraging, honest and practical and a great deal of fun to read. Rachel is a blessing to her husband and her little ones. Now she is also a blessing to me and mine. May this book bless you and yours as well. --R.C. Sproul, Jr.

Mothers of little people have one of the most challenging and important jobs on earth. But it is a humble job. Rachel Jankovic is a woman who lives out her story with humility, grace, and a houseful of humor. And with five exuberant children, ages five and under, you can be sure she knows what she is talking about. -- --Nancy Wilson, author of Praise Her in the Gates and The Fruit of Her Hands

About the Author

Rachel Jankovic is a wife, homemaker, and mother. She received her bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts & Culture from New Saint Andrews College, but mostly reads cookbooks now to avoid story grip (being highly susceptible). In 2003, she married her husband Luke, and they have five children who know how to party. Their little posse includes Evangeline (5), Daphne (4), Chloe (2), Titus (2), and Blaire (5 months). Rachel loves color, fabric, yarn to knit with, kids to laugh at, and laundry (not so much).

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The chapters are short and easy to read.
Deborah R. Beauchamp
She also gives very practical examples of ways to communicate with your children in a way that they will understand.
This book is encouraging and delightful and insightful all at once!

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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Evans on November 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
As I write this I my three little monkeys are noisily attempting to go to sleep in the other room. The fourth little monkey may only be the size of a raspberry, but from a cozy position in my womb he or she is making his or her presence felt (headache, queasiness, fatigue...). I have 60 nails on 60 fingers and toes to keep trimmed, not counting my own! There are toys in the Tupperware cupboard and Tupperware in the toy box. And yes, I probably could recite Green Eggs and Ham. I know what motherhood in the trenches looks like.

Loving the Little Years is not a book to make you feel good about how long it's been since you cleaned your bathroom. This book won't tell you to hire a babysitter so you can have a day off with your girlfriends and keep in touch with the real you. This book doesn't say that the answer to all your stress is to spend two hours with the Lord at four in the morning. There are no suggested schedules, no spanking formulas, no pity parties. This book is real.

With wisdom and humor, and in 20 short, punchy chapters, Rachel Jankovic reminds us mothers that we are sinners too. Sometimes when the attitudes are bad and everyone is crying the first person who needs to repent is Mommy. As mothers we pour everything we've got into "training them up in the way they should go" but we have to remember that our own journey to sanctification isn't over. God is using these mischievous little imps to make us more like Him.

When all they seem to do is make messes and all that seems to come out of their mouths is mostly unintelligible gibberish, we can tend to see our children as little bothers. But throughout this book Rachel encourages us to remember that they are little people, eternal souls, personalities in the making.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gina Ashley on June 19, 2011
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I have three sons, ranging in age from 1 to 7 years. I am not exaggerating when I say that this is the BEST book I have ever read on this season of life - that is mothering young children. Rachel really 'gets it' and shares her insights in such sincere, simple ways. In one perfectly brief chapter she will have me laughing, shaking my head, and taking a deep breath to process a heavy truth. I love that she manages to encourage and challenge me without ever leaving me feeling burdened or condemned. Clearly, I cannot say enough good about this book! I'm buying more to share with friends!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Valerie (Kyriosity) on November 28, 2010
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Delightful! I don't have kids, but what makes this little parenting volume so marvelous is that its author doesn't just understand kids, she understand people. Her insights into her own heart as well as her children's helped me see my own more clearly. I'm sure moms of little ones will most edified by this book, but any mother, any parent, any woman, any person would benefit from it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By HisGirl on August 2, 2011
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i am holding my sleeping 7-week old son as i type, so forgive the punctuation. i also have daughters, ages 4 and 2. this book helped me and blessed me so much. i had been recently struggling with feeling like an absolute failure as a mom...joyless, stressed, yelling at my girls to make them obey, so worn out, full of self-pity, etc. a friend, after a horrific playdate with me, loaned me this book, without a word. I immediately figured out why as I started to read. Such great insight. Such wonderful perspective (godly perspective). Such practical truths. At times, it was almost like a slap in the face as she would state something I SO needed to hear, but a really good slap in my face, bringing me back to the right way- the unselfish way to see things. I don't think I can recommend this book highly enough to tired, stressed out moms, especially if those moms have more than 3 kids. I can't imagine doing this with 5, but I might one day have that many, so I am ready to be trained and disciplined towards it. It is more joyful to do things less selfishly. doesn't seem like that would make sense, but it does. SO GOOD. (sorry, I am sleep-deprived and ineloquent to begin with...just read this book!)
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on February 17, 2012
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I am the mother of six children ages 10 and under, with #7 in June. So, I can identify with the author, also a mother of lots of young children, though hers are even younger than mine. I had seen this book so broadly recommended by those who homeschool or have lots of little ones that I was very eager to read it. In the end, I was rather underwhelmed.

The book itself is very short, just over 100 pages. The chapters are also extremely short, ranging from 2-8 pages, with the norm being about 4-5. I guess you could say that makes it easy for a mom in the trenches to read, but I felt that it made the book choppy with pithy little life lessons, that weren't fleshed out that well. Often, the author ended up making a case that parents should take x approach with their children, but didn't take the pages to really make a solid case for why or give more than 1 brief example. I've never been a fan of the devotional-type book where you read a 1-page lesson every day, and that's really what this felt like. There was little connection between any of the chapters.

I also didn't agree with some of those lessons. Like when she basically says that she doesn't criticize her kids for being fussy, because they are being told they have already failed if they feel the feeling. Well, that's exactly what points our children to needing Jesus. It doesn't matter how perfectly our actions are controlled; our hearts are still sinful. Jesus himself said that it was sin to lust in our heart or be angry in our heart or whatever. There was also another chapter where she basically talked about being fruitful as if it were fulfilled in doing things like knitting dishcloths, and even if they end up not being used, that's not our responsibility, we've been busy producing things.
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