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I highly suspect that the majority of the people reviewing this book haven't even read it… or because their parents were abusive, they think that everyone who spanks their child is abusive as well (striking a child out of anger is abuse-spanking a child for disobedience is not-the difference is thoroughly discussed in the book). I purchased this book expecting to find a manual on how to beat a child with rubber tubing-maybe even the inspiration for A Child Called It based on reviews. Well, I was disappointed but also pleasantly surprised. What I bought as a joke and novelty actually turned out to be an enlightening and valuable advice on disciplining young children. I applied some of the practices in this book immediately, and saw positive changes in my son's behavior the first day.--B. MooreI know you probably get way too much mail, but I just had to write and say THANK YOU, thank you for the updated To Train Up A Child. Wow!! I started reading yesterday and am already half way through. I've read the original at least 10 or 15 times in the past 3 years, but this new version has SO MUCH that clarifies and encourages me as I train my two small children. I love how, in the new book, you consistently emphasize training before the need to discipline arises and speak so often about how parents MUST be involved before they can properly apply the rod. A parent who does not show up to read a book… should not show up to administer a spanking. (pg 94) Wonderful, true, biblical advice. Thank you so much for writing this book. It is SO good and your principles have made such a difference in our family, I just had to write and tell you. I share your materials with every parent I know!--A big thank you from a very appreciative, training mom!Your new chapter in To Train Up a Child is the BEST defense I have ever read on proper training. I have a few favorite quotes from it that I use often. Well done! 'All praise to Him who reigns above in majesty supreme.' Can't wait until we can all be together at our eternal Shindig! What a Day that Will Be!--A devoted reader

About the Author

Mike and his wife Debi author a free bi-monthly magazine called No Greater Joy, which explores child training, marriage, Bible teaching, and natural remedies. You are invited to visit them on the NGJ website and sign up for the magazine. Mike and Debi are international best-selling authors. Their books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages. They have 5 grown children and 23 grandchildren so far with more on the way. Their home remains full of little running feet and is regularly strewn with books and toys. Mike is teaching a new generation of boys and girls how to fish and throw knives. Debi is teaching the girls how to cook and garden. On another note, Michael is an inductee into the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame and holds several world titles, including Gold Cup winner of 2008-9 and long distance thrower of the year, with a record all-time high of hitting a four inch target at 63 feet, and he is the undisputed best tomahawk thrower of 2009, holding the world title. Debi was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, in a good home by parents who were faithful to point her to God. As a teenager, Debi was actively involved in witnessing, ministering to the sick and wounded veterans, and serving in hospitals in Memphis. About twenty-four years ago, Debi and Mike moved to rural Tennessee where they continued in the work by holding Bible studies in local homes, which eventually led to regular meetings of the local body of believers and the starting of a prison ministry, where Mike ministered every Saturday for over twenty-three years. God eventually led Mike and Debi into the ministry of writing on child training and family relationships, which they now feel is their life's work and calling. The result of this work led to the formation of No Greater Joy Ministries (NGJ), a 501 (c) (3). The largest project that NGJ has ever been involved in is the Good and Evil Project, a work to translate the illustrated Bible storybook Good and Evil (G & E) into 100 languages. G & E has over 42 languages in print, and another 42 languages in the process of being translated or edited. To date, over 1,000,000 of her books have been sold in several languages. Her first book in the Help Meet series, Created To Be His Help Meet has sold over 370,000 copies in several languages.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ No Greater Joy Ministries (May 1, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 232 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1616440724
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1616440725
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.38 x 9 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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1.0 out of 5 stars I bought this at a thrift shop so nobody else would get this
By Bella on June 25, 2018
Awful, abusive, and dangerous advice.

This book advocates hitting a 4 month child with a switch so that their child wouldn't crawl up the stairs. This book has irresponsible and dangerous "tips" to make children obedient.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is simply incorrect at best, and child abuse at worst.
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