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About the Author

Dr. Charles F. Boyd is teaching pastor at Southside Fellowship in Greenville, South Carolina. He earned his doctorate in ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduated with high honors from Dallas Theological Seminary, where he received a master's degree in theology. Dr. Boyd has pastored churches in Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, and South Carolina. He and his wife, Karen, have three children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590523121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590523124
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will help you understand that different personalities aren't right or wrong, they are just different.
Using the DISC personality profile descriptions this easy to understand book can help you re-open closed communication lines with your child who is different than you in action, thought, and deed.
It's as simple as starting by asking yourself is he/she "slow-paced" or "fast-paced", "task-oriented" or "people-oriented"? I'm an associate pastor in a large church. Our children's minister is planning to use this book with teachers and parents. Her quote is, "Why should we wait until we are over 40 years old to understand this stuff?"
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I am really enjoying this book. I say enjoying instead of enjoyed because it is a great reference for me. I have four kids and each child is TOTALLY different. This book has been an eye-opener to help me cater to each on according to their individual needs. This book is an easy read and very spiritual. I've been recommending it to every parent that I know who has more than one child.
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By Tracy Keys on February 13, 2004
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I loved this book. It is very easy to read and understand and has helped me to see others differently, and recognize how personalities truly affect relationships. Knowledge is the key, and once I understand why someone behaves the way they do, I can recognize that they really aren't just trying to annoy me, and learn to adjust. I also see my own weaknesses and can work on those. No one is DEFINED by their personality type. We all have choices to make in life, but understanding your normal tendencies can help you to become a more balance person. And having a daughter that is so different from me, I really enjoyed the section in this book on how each personality type relates to the others- strengths, struggles, and strategies. Definitely recommend!
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Super book to read and discuss with other families. I covered this book in parenting seminars and have found it to be a great reference. The book contains easy surveys to complete that will enable you to understand what makes each family member tick. It gives numerous suggestions on curtailing you parenting techniques to each child's personality. I have found the way Charlie writes and explains in detail easy to understand and identify with as a parent and a professional.
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Charles Boyd does a wonderful job of writing this book to help parents understand the need to parent children to their unique personalities.

I like how he uses the DISC Model that helps parents understand that their personality and their child's personality can work together even if at opposite ends of the spectrum. I have taught these principles in parenting classes using this book and found parents have a AHAA! moment when it dawns on them why their child follows them around all evening. The parents realized that their children just needed to be nurtured based on their personality styles.

I like how the book is written as a study book for parenting groups. It gives another way for parents to gather together, share ideas, and learn new strategies about children.

This is a must read for parents.

Jen Hegerty, School Counselor
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This is a book I think every parent and school teacher should read. One of my favorite books. I had learned about personality profiles as it applies to adults, but there are very few resources that help apply these same principles to children. This really helped me to understand my kids and why they do the things they do. Helps you understand the strengths and weaknesses of their personalities so you can better work with them. I recommended it to our elementary school principal who after reading it wants to pass the info on to the teachers. Excellent and important book.
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Nothing new - talked about the 4 personality types that most people exhibit. But, it was good to read in the context of your spouse and your children. Good reminder of why my kids do things differently than I do and things to avoid doing with them when it comes to discipline, etc.
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I can honestly say that this book has changed my outlook on my parenting.

This book starts out by clarifying what the Bible means when it commands us to "train up a child in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6) by explaining that the Hebrew meaning behind "the way he should go" more accurately could be described to say "according to his bent". In other words, God has created each of us with a unique bent to our personality. We will do best to understand our child's bent and parent them with that in mind. Failing to do this results in children that are raised feeling that if they could change who they are (be more assertive, more calm, more creative, more like their brother, etc) we would love/accept them more. God has created each of us with our own set of strengths, gifts, weaknesses and tendencies. This book used the popular DISC personality assessment model to help me to not only understand the personality of my children, but to see how it is God given. It also helped my husband and I identify our personality types and understand the natural strengths and weaknesses with those personalities. Practically, this book also went into great detail providing ideas on how to tailor our parenting style to train our children according to their "bent" (even breaking down each specific parent/child personality combination). It also touched on how the differing personality types of you and your spouse can affect your marriage.

After reading this book I was able to better understand our oldest son's personality and appreciate his temperament rather than try to fight or change it.

As a few examples:

-Part of our son's personality is to have a strong desire to lead. This can be a strength; the world needs leaders, especially good ones.
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