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Wise Words for Moms Paperback – March 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Shepherd Press (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00741JPR2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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By Barbara Swails on March 20, 2008
Format: Pamphlet
Before I purchased the pamphlet, "Wise Words for Moms", I read the reviews. There is almost no middle ground. People either loved it or hated it. As Jesus said, "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other..." (Matthew 6:24). When I read the negative reviews, many of them stated that this pamphlet advocated child abuse and beating your children.

As a mother of five happy, wonderful children (ages 2-18) and a public school teacher for 16 years, this really concerned me. I decided to purchase the pamphlet and see for myself what Ginger Plowman advocates in this writing. I was shocked to learn that NOWHERE in this booklet does she speak about beating, abusing (physically or verbally) or demeaning your children. She uses scripture to teach your child what God thinks about sin. The first page states that "Wise Words are to be spoken with a loving heart and a gentle voice."

Discipline is absolutely necessary in order to raise children to be content and happy adults. The word discipline means to "teach". It appears that some people are so worried about admitting that children may have sin in their hearts that they will make up outrageous allegations in order to prevent people from ordering this booklet.

In today's society, many people choose to avoid discipline at all costs. Children should absolutely be cherished and respected, but without training, they will never learn to become respectful, productive adults. Children need to know when they have done something wrong, what they should have done instead and that there are consequences for their actions. Love without discipline creates a society with no conscience because "everything is acceptable".
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I actually own this...it isn't a book but a chart of what scriptures to read or quote to your child when they do something disobedient or are going through something difficult like fear. There is nothing about spanking in it. Basically it has Heart probing questions, reproof or what to put off, encouragement or what to put on and additional verses.

For example under quarreling, arguing it has questions one example...
Are you being strong and avoiding strife or are you being weak and participating in strife? Then under reproof it says Quarreling. A harsh word stirs up anger. You need to depart from evil and do good because God says it is foolish to quarrel. Proverbs 15:1b, Psalm 34:14, and Proverbs 20:3b then under Encouragement it says Peace making. A gentle answer turns away wrath. It is to your honor to avoid strife and to live at peace with everyone. Proverbs 20:3a, Romans 12:18 Proverbs 15:1a then it lists additional versus to look up

I have really enjoyed using this chart in training my children to do what is right and also for myself. When I deal with things such as fear, worry , selfishness, coveting, or complaining I am reminded through scripture what to put off and put on straight from God's word. It has been helpful with scripture memory too and applying the scriptures right there in everyday life.

Wonderful tool in promoting the reason why we do and don't do things....to Glorify God.
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A wonderful resource! I have also seen Ginger Plowman speak at a conference and she is great. I am sad to see that she has any negative reviews. Please keep in mind that people who put down other Christians because of their parenting styles are ignorant about the difference between CULTURAL SPANKING and BIBLICAL CHASTISEMENT. It is something that needs to be studied more thouroughly (like Ginger Plowman has) before being spoken/written on.
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This calendar style chart is easy to reference and gives a scriptural solution when dealing with all common childhood issues, including blaming, complaining, fighting, giving up, disobeying, lying, revenge and arguing. I highly recommend this affordable product to anyone interested in Biblical Parenting.
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This useful booklet gives parents helpful questions to ask their children as they encourage them to put off bad behavior and put on good behavior. Ginger encourages parents to do this gently and wisely. As she says in the introduction, "Wise words are to be spoken with a loving heart and gentle voice." There is nothing whatsoever in this helpful booklet about physical discipline of any kind. Those who assert that there is have clearly not read it.
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This is a chart meant to be a companion to her book "Don't Make Me Count to Three" It contains practical applications for what scriptures to use in certain situations. It is meant to get to the HEART issue and address what is driving the behavior instead of just correcting the outward behavior. It also encourages using the scriptures to tell the child not only what actions to put off, but also what to PUT ON. This way you are not just telling them "STOP THAT" or "WE DON'T DO THAT", but you are telling them what their behavior actually means and what to do instead. Thereby equipping them with tools to help them actually CHANGE instead of just STOP. It's true that her BOOK (not this chart!) does advocate controlled, loving use of spanking when appropriate, but this chart says nothing about spanking. It is simply a reference guide for Mom/Dad to use when training their child and teaching them why their behavior is wrong and what the better way is.

I would guess the string of negative, similar reviews in February came from a group of people who agreed to come on and post negative reviews. Especially since most of them talk like this is a book, not a chart. I'm guessing several of those people haven't actually read this chart. Because even if you disagree with the book, I find it hard to see disagreeing with the use of these scriptures if you are a Christian.
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