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Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses Paperback – February 3, 2016
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About the Author
Amber Lia and Wendy Speake have linked arms to encourage and equip moms and dads who are in desperate need of hope, grace, and practical help for the parenting journey.
Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom of four little boys under the age of ten. She is the co-author of Triggers and the Study Buddy Bible Study Guide Series. She and her husband, Guy own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and Film production company in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not building sand castles with her boys on the beach, or searching for Nerf darts all over her house, you can find Amber writing to encourage families on her website at motherofknights.com
Wendy Speake is a trained actress and heartfelt Bible teacher. She tells stories both on page and stage that allow her to point women to Jesus on their hardest mothering days. She is the co-author of the popular parenting book, Triggers and the Triggers Study Guide, as well as Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom. Wendy lives in Southern California with her husband, Matt, and their three ruddy boys, where she writes about faith and family at WendySpeake.com
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This is not one of those books.
I've seen reviewers call this book honest, practical, biblical, and helpful, and it is all of those things. It is divided into 31 topics and can function as a month-long devotional study. The chapters are short and contain many scripture references as well as practical advice. It can also be read straight-through (as I did). I have no doubt that every parent could find wisdom here applicable to her situation no matter the types of trials her family faces.
But this is not why I love this book, have found it infinitely valuable on first reading, and will return to it again and again. What Amber and Wendy have done for parents is beautiful and far beyond self-help or practical advice. You will not find in this book a message of sticky-sweet guilt accompanied by a list of things to do, quotes to pin on your mirror, and charts to make everything better. What you will find is the gospel, sometimes spoken in brutal honesty, but also in tender grace and humility.
See, the thing that tires me about all of those other books is that I know, to the core of my being, that I cannot just set my mind to be a good mom and make it all come out roses. I am weak, and I am a sinner, and I fail. I can memorize your list of alliterated correct responses to my triggers and somehow call that to mind when it seems like all the world is crumbling around me, but that won't save me, change me, or grow gentleness in me. That is the point of the gospel, and that is on glorious display in this book.
Whether you recognize a struggle with anger in your parenting or not, this book is an excellent resource. I don't know that I have ever read a better display of sanctification in progress. This is how it works. This is how God works- through prayerful repentance, humility, and the power of His Word. I started reading thinking I would pick out a few triggers that apply to me and breeze through the rest of it, but it turned out that every chapter arrested me. These are not easy or flippant answers; no cheerleading; this is truth and I think I can breathe again.
I received a free copy of this book.
I plan on referencing this book in my times of temptation to lose it. I also will recommend it to other parents I know.