Have you ever read a good book and wanted to let others know they should read it? That situation happens to me frequently. I love to get a fresh lead on a good read. If you’ve got a book you’d like to review, send me a note and we’ll see about getting you on the schedule. – Dr. Jim Colman
A Note from Dr. Jim Colman
I love to get a fresh lead on a good read. Since many of you are probably in the same situation, I’m starting a monthly Lenawee Christian Ministries feature called President’s Pages. Each month, I’ll pass along a book title for your consideration. The recommendations will include books I’ve read as well as suggestions from guest reviewers. Topics will range across the literary spectrum from fiction to non-fiction, parenting to leadership, and if you’ve got a book you’d like to review, send me an email and we’ll see about getting you on the schedule.
Today’s reviewer is Kristin Wynalda. Kristin is a stay-at-home mom who has a passion for reading to kids. She’s the author of a blog devoted to chapter book reading to young children that you can find at: www.bigbookslittleears.com.
This Month's Review - May 2018
As a parent, I have been vigilant about teaching my kids to say “thank you.” After birthdays and Christmas, I make them sit down to write out their thank you notes. I know that expressing thanks is an important skill they need to have.
But getting kids to do the outward actions of saying “thanks” and writing thank you notes is the easy part. It’s training their hearts to actually be appreciative that is so hard. This is the topic Kristen Welch tackles in Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World.
The writing style is very casual. She writes from experience raising her own kids and is very transparent about the things that worked and didn’t work. If you like a good blog post, you’ll love her style, but if you’re looking for a scholarly book about parenting, this probably isn’t for you.
I appreciated Kristen’s honesty. As she writes, she makes it obvious that she is in the thick of this parenting thing with us. She knows the struggles we are dealing with as we raise our kids TODAY, because she is raising her kids right now with us.
Another thing I appreciated about the book is the practical action steps she suggests. This book is not about parenting theory. Rather, this book is filled with things you can do with your kids today and every day. My children are preschool-age and the book is geared toward parents with school-age children, but I still came away with a plan to combat selfishness in my kids.
Kristen also offers the encouragement that as we slog away trying to teach our children gratitude we are doing it for the Lord. Our love for God and our children can help us take on this monumental task of raising appreciative children. This book reminds us we can do it, and we aren’t alone.
I highly recommend Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch and published by Tyndale Momentum.