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You Can Raise Courageous and Confident Kids: Preparing Your Children for the World They Live In Paperback – April 1, 2011
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--Lane P. Jordan, author of 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman and 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Mom
"Mary gives us the tools to use, so that our children will not have to feel lost and alone navigating the world. When we have a ‘lost childhood' we sometimes don't know how to parent. Many times as I was reading I wished I had grown up in the type of home that Mary is giving her children right now.
--Donna Collins Tinsley
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I am a great fan of Mary E. DeMuth, both of her fiction and nonfiction. As I was reading this book, I thought how it would help so many people in the "Adult Children of Alcoholics" groups as they have had parenting at its worst. They sometimes talk about their childhood's and how they were parented. It is obvious although some have made great strides not to parent in the same way they were parented they could so benefit by Mary's books. When we have a "lost childhood" we sometimes don't know how to parent.
Many times as I was reading I wished I had grown up in the type of home that Mary is giving her children right now. Although she sometimes feels as we all do, that she fails her children at times. She has written some powerful, helpful things to steer us on in "You Can Raise Courageous and Confident Kids: Preparing Your Children for the World They Live"
Mary also gives questions for group discussions at the closing of the book that could be used as a personal Bible Study. Great addendum!
The story at the end of this book showed the very best scenario and I had tears running down my face as I saw what a beautiful send-off we can give if we really get the hang of raising courageous and confident kids. It would be a great gift to give at a baby shower.
Mary is a master storyteller but she shows authenticity through brokenness and for this reason I recommend this book.
Mary, a multi-published author and novelist, wields an impressive gift with words. Her blog constantly amazes me and relates to my very core. Her writing stirs up strong emotions with beautiful, gripping images and phrases along with practical application of God's truths.
You Can Raise Courageous and Confident Kids begins uniquely with a captivating fictional story, much different from many nonfiction books. But as she starts the next chapter providing explanation, the reader realizes how this story speaks vastly about parenting. Mary explains in the introduction that this book addresses the question, "What is a biblical, timeless view of parenting?" (page 8), especially amongst current cultural changes.
Within the first twenty pages, this book considers and tackles perplexing questions I (and probably most parents) have, especially this: how can I protect my children without making them unable to hand what the world throws at them? How can our children be confident in the world, yet unmarked by the stumbling temptations of the world to be able to courageously share the gospel with all people? I struggle with fear, so Mary's discussions here are vital to my parenting heart. She discusses the modern to postmodern cultural shift, conversational parenting, humility, and community - all while concentrating on seeking His kingdom.
One of my favorite quotes early on reads, "We must allow them to be children as long as possible, shielding them from adult themes and nurturing their innocence.Read more ›
You Can Raise Courageous & Confident Kids by Mary DeMuth is a book that all parents will want to read. Mary gently but thoroughly takes us chapter by chapter through areas that may call for tough parenting but the end purpose is raising courageous and confident kids. Also, I sensed that Mary must be a parent herself since the encouragement and advice "sounds like" a seasoned parent....a parent who has been there and done that AND is passing on the learning to other parents.
Chapter 6 on page 59 spoke to me. This chapter is entitled "Conversation." There is a quote beneath the title and the quote by Marjorie Thompson states, "The Jewish family has been characterized as a 'table spirituality' in which the central feasts and holy days are celebrated around the altar of the family table." Mary talks of the family dinner table where children are encouraged to share happenings from the day. Her family plays a game called "high-low." This where the children share the high from their day and the low. By eating together the family bonds and the children learn. A most.excellent chapter!
Actually this is one of those 5 star books that needs to be in every parents home library and passed on to new parents. I will be giving this book as a baby shower gift.
** This book would also make a great-tastic small group study book. Included, as a resource guide at the back of the book are "Notes" and "Questions for Discussion."
*This book was provided for review by the author and
Harvest House Publishers*