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Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends Paperback – September 1, 2002
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Worth its weight in gold! --Old Schoolhouse Magazine
This painfully honest, hilarious book offers a creative look at how to build relationships between siblings. We read a few pages every day, and I am always delightfully surprised by how well the children apply what we have read. --Beall Phillips - Vision Forum
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The book begins with a general overview of WHY it is important to want to have your brother or sister as your best friend. When I began reading it myself, I thought, "Dull. Why doesn't this book move faster?" But, as I have been reading it aloud to my kids, I see that it moves just fast enough to convict, but not so fast to overwhelm.
The book continues with talking about how doing big things for God requires us to begin by doing "little things" for our siblings, how different people view the world differently, and covers the topics of forgiveness, humility, birth order, praising one another, and truly building friendships. It's a logical progression with more and more practical ideas as the book goes on.
The book is geared for a Christian audience, although not necessarily a homeschool one. It makes a great read aloud as you can read a whole chapter (long) or one of the three sections (shorter) or even part of the shorter sections each day. There are plenty of useful lists which you can read aloud to your children to help them to remember what it is that a servant would do, etc.
Once I finished reading my borrowed copy, I got online and ordered my own! I have seen changes in my children since we started the book, but it's not been a magic wand. Sigh. I wish I could get one of those from Amazon...
Obviously, you have every right to share your opinion regardless of whether it is fair to the authors' intent. But first, I would like to say, authors have the right to reflect their own viewpoint in their own books. I do not see that the authors of this book had any intent to deceive any potential consumers.
Secondly, the description (and editorial reviews included in the description) that Amazon provided for this book clearly show the intent and focus of this book is on building familial relationships through a God-centered perspective. I quote from the description given by Amazon: "The book is full of Godly wisdom". *And the product description and what is included on the back of the actual book (in case this book was not purchased from Amazon) states: "...the close relationship that God intends...", "...the treasure that God intended...", and "how we have learned to become best friends". In this last quote, the authors are sharing with us what has helped them. Apparently, they believe the way they became best friends was because of this Godly focus.
Next, six of the eight reviews written before your review was written, directly mention that this book has a Godly, Christian, or Christ-centered approach. Since your review was written for Amazon customers, I must assume that the reviews for this book could have been seen by you before this review was posted. The negative and seemingly scathing review seems to have been a little harsh and unjust considering the honesty of the authors and the audience they are intending to reach.
I really don't believe the authors were deceitful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is fantastic! It is written by a set of siblings. I think at the time they wrote it the oldest was twenty or so and the other 2 teens. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Bethany Hall
I got one of these books as a gift for my sister-in-law (mom of four girls), and ended up buying one for ourselves as well because my daughter (11) picked it up as I was wrapping... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather P.
LOVE this book. I've used it as a read aloud twice with my oldest two children. Will begin with the younger two soon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Atticks
I was looking for a book with ideas to promote harmony between siblings. This one was actually written by kids, not from a professional standpoint. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
a fun book that makes great points. Can be cheesy at some places but I'm ok with that.Published 2 months ago by G. McLean
Great book for helping siblings to learn to enjoy each other. We have been reading it nightly. A little above the 5 year old but the 8 year old loves it and ask to read it.Published 4 months ago by Heidi Spangle
There was so much hype over it that I thought it would be my answer to my the universal problem of children sometimes not getting along. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joyful Mama