I am reading a book that I don’t recommend for several reasons. I am definitely going to finish the book and undoubtedly going to read it again, but I don’t recommend it to anyone else if you fall into any of the following categories:
- If you are interested in raising simply nice Christian kids with good manners.
- If you only enjoy light reading that is fluffy.
- If you are offended by hard core truth.
- If your goal as a parent is just to be cool and fit in with your kids and their friends.
- If your goals for your children are for them to fit into society and look like everyone else, only different since they have Jesus in their hearts…
- If you are not interested in your child changing the world around him or her or doing something that could potentially be radical for God.
- If you are more interested in being politically correct than obedient to God’s call on your life.
- If you live in a bubble and never desire for it to be popped.
- If you still look at your kids as your own, not God’s beautiful children that He has trusted you to train up for His glory and purposes.
- If you don’t feel like doing hard work, ie, prayer, saying ‘NO’, disciplining, teaching your child what is right and wrong, allowing yourself to be taught by God, being willing to be wrong and learn.
- If you think training, teaching, and developing the leadership potential within your children is overrated.
- If you always have to be right.
- If you have already raised your children perfectly.
No, I wouldn’t recommend No Ordinary Child by Denise Mira unless you don’t fit into any of the above categories. Everyone else, get ready for a read that will kick your butt, draw you to your knees, and open your eyes to see your children like you have never seen them. I’d say, “Enjoy!” and believe me, I can’t put it down, but not because it’s fluffy. I just love hard core truth, especially when it kicks my butt, so reading this is enjoyable to me. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t like having ‘sunshine blown at me’, so when someone has the guts to speak God’s love and truth boldly, I always gravitate towards it. It’s like tearing a bandage off quickly…it hurts at first, but the pain fades and the healing can continue to take place.