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Mother & Son MP3 CD – Unabridged, April 5, 2016
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1511369558
- ISBN-13 : 978-1511369558
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (April 5, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #740,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I love:
Everything in this book is spot on. The message is biblical, sound, and everything I needed to hear.
Chapters 5-10 gave specific examples for how to handle all sorts of different situations with both younger and older boys. This was the most helpful part of the book for me. And I will probably reference it again and again.
What I didn't love:
How could I not love a book that was spot on and just what I needed? It was mainly the writing style. I felt like the author was talking down to moms as if we couldn't understand the need of our sons to be respected. Which was in fact the entire reason I wanted to read this book. I knew my boys needed respect, I just don't always know how to flesh it out. After reading just two chapters of this book I was ready to toss it out. I remember telling my husband that for an author who made such great points, he didn't know much about communicating. I felt put down. Some of the ways he recommended using "respect-talk" towards our sons would have had my 13-year old thinking I was mocking him. However, after pressing on, it got much, much better.
The other thing I didn't really care for was all of the success stories. I get that his system works and he knows what he's talking about, but I really felt like the first 4 chapters (and maybe the last 4) were mainly stories of how awesome the respect effect is, but not really helpful to the reader.
If you have read books by Emerson Eggerichs before and enjoyed them, I would highly recommend this one.
If you haven't read any of his books before, I would still recommend reading this book, but if you are put off by the beginning, maybe start at chapter 5. It's totally worth it.
Also, the text is very repetitive that it sounds like a student miserably attempting to reach the word count on an assignment.
Finally, I personally found the tone to be very condescending to mothers as it seems like he is blaming us for the struggles we are facing with our sons. He says that he is not blaming the mothers, but the language he is using certainly says it.
I listened to your book in the car to and from work, approximately an hour drive each way. Before I left work one day when I was halfway through your book, I checked by 6th grade son's grades. I noticed he had a 65% in math, a subject he enjoys, as a result of 2 zeros. I was livid and knew exactly what barrage of anger I would unleash on him when I got home. During the hour drive in which I processed your words about respect talk, I was able to completely change my approach. When I got home, I told my son that I respect his intelligence and ability in math. I was able to use respect talk to instruct, discipline, and encourage him. He respectfully responded that he would take care of the problem. No yelling, no tears, no regret! He turned in both assignments the next day and the grade became a 95%. I shared how proud I was of him for taking care of this and being a man of honor.
Another quick story: The day I finished your book, I was telling my neighbor (she has a 7 year old son) about how great your book is while we were outside watching our kids play ball. My 8 year old son walked up to me and said, "I don't feel respected when 'my sister' takes the ball from me. Can you talk to her?" I asked my daughter if she was being respectful to her brother and she said no. She apologized to my son and promised to be respectful as they played. He said, "Thank you, you are a good sister." My neighbor's jaw dropped as she watched this interaction play out. I am telling you the truth, it happened just like that. My neighbor said,"I am buying this book tonight!"
Thank you so much for answering the call God placed on your heart to write this book. As a single mom, I am so happy to have a "how to" guide on how to raise my sons as I try to teach them about THE SON. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!