Monday, January 10, 2011

Book Review ~ Parenting From Your Strengths


Let's face it...parenting isn't easy.

Each of our kids is completely different from the other ones and from us, so when the family gets together there can at times be conflict, confusion and frustration.  Especially when you have a family full of strong personalities...like at my house. 

I knew from the minute I picked up this book that I would love it and it absolutely did not disappoint.  I'm a reader by nature and love to learn about things that interest me, which isn't uncommon, right?  I also know that I'm not perfect and always want to try to be a better mama to my boys.  

I love them, protect them, encourage them...sure, but I also want them to grow into well rounded good godly men who love and fear the Lord and serve Him with the purpose He has for their lives.  It took me a very long time to find out who I was in Christ and what He has given me as my unique gifts for His Kingdom and if I can help guide my sons to find that now how much better off will they be for it.

Parenting from Your Strengths ~ Understanding Strengths and Valuing Differences in Your Home by John Trent, Rodney Cox and Eric Tooker was a quick, easy and simple read.  It really opened my eyes to see how each member of my family was knit together to complement each other but that we were absolutely not the same at all.

After finishing the book the authors suggest four weekly family meetings, only thirty minutes each, in which you go through a time of prayer, a discussion of your personality traits and a series of questions that truly opens the door to some incredible family talk time.   

We just finished week one last week and had so much just telling each other what we thought our strengths were, then sharing what the others thought that persons strengths were.  I can't wait for our second meeting this week!

If you are looking for a parenting book that will truly open your eyes to the strengths of each child, then this is the book for you.  I just saw that it is only $3.99 on cbd.com right now...I can't believe that...that's a fantastic price, I think I paid ten dollars for mine.

~~~~~~~~~~From the back of the book:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

When it comes to parenting, it's better to be abnormal.

It's true...because the majority of parents today have no plan for how they will raise their children.  Sure, they may take childbirth classes and confer at length on paint colors for the nursery, but how much focused time do couples spend actually talking to each other about the best way to raise a child socially, spiritually, and otherwise?

According to popular research, not much at all.

Parenting from Your Strengths counters that trend by getting parents on the same page, no matter where they've been before or how old their children are now.

The authors present an easy four-step plan, couples with an amazing accurate personality test that will begin to transform your God-given household in a way that encourages every family member.  When we understand each person's strengths and learn to value his or her differences, home life and life in general greatly improves.

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Disclaimer: I did not receive this book to review, I purchased it on my own.  This review is my opinion and has not been solicited in any way.  I just love to share incredible books with my friends when I find them.  I do not have an affiliate links in this post either, I just found great deal on this book and am passing on the link to friends.

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