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.
It sounds great! I think I should pick it up and dive in!
Oooh, you’re sassy!
I can’t wait!!!! 🙂 I am sooo excited you posted this! Just last week I blogged that I was looking for a book – I have read all the ones at my house…and I even said one on parenting would be awesome so there’s the answer to that prayer! I can’t wait to get it! 🙂
I’m with you on that, Ade! I’d take hard-to-swallow-sometimes meat over airy fluff any day! Thanks for sharing this recommendation, I’ll check it out one of these days!
I was crying for you and your family, praying for you the other day. Just so you know…you continue to be on my heart and mind.
Sorry this has nothing to do with this post, but because you did the Locks of Love thing I wanted you to hear this song. Go to randyowens.com and listen to his new song “Braid My Hair” and get out the kleenex!
My husband and I have been looking for something like this. We have 5 kids (ages 7 years-11months) and have not liked anything we have reviewed or heard of so far. I will definitely check this out. It sound like it is exactly what we have been looking for! Thanks!
It sounds awesome. I will be reading this ASAP!
Dear Adrienne, As your mother, I am sure that I have been guilty of many of those things you posted…because I was a person who was raised in a church-going family, acknowledged Who God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were, but didn’t have a real relationship with Him until I was in my 30’s. So, I had this “form of godliness”, but I denied Him the power of the Holy Spirit to change me, until I came into that right relationship with Him. I had a “worldly Christian” view of what life was about. I am so glad that you have let Him have your mind, will and emotions, as well as your body, to use for His purposes as He is. God’s grace and mercy have been with me, to take me and my children beyond our human, worldly way of thinking into His view of what is important….to Him….because that is all that really matters. I love how He is using you. Love, Mom
I’m going to have to check this book out. Thanks for telling us about it. TRUTH is the best. 🙂
Sounds like a book I need to read. However, I don’t have my own children yet. Though I am still hoping that GOD blesses me with a husband and children. As I get older with each passing year I wonder.
Anyways, would this be a book that would also help a TEACHER? If so, then I am going to add it on my list of reading.
Thanks for sharing the info. I can’t imagine you NOT reading something full of TRUTH.
I am definitely going to read it. I had never heard of it before. Thanks for posting about No Ordinary Child. I wish every Christian parent would strive for their children to be different than what the world expects.
Going to check that one out. I love you don’t like “sunshine blown at you” and I know when you speak to me, its out of truth and love and not just something you feel you should say. Don’t ever change!
May I also suggest:
“The Danger of Raising Nice Kids—Preparing our children to change their world” by Timothy Smith, IVP Books.
My husband is currently reading it and says it the first parenting book he’s read that really gets it. I can’t wait to read it. I think I might go out and buy this other book for him for Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you like getting your butt kicked into gear by the Holy Spirit!
First of all, I LOVE your mom!! I read the back of No Ordinary Child in your kitchen last week and would love to borrow it. 🙂 I promise I’ll give it back!!! Have fun in Mexico, my friend. Get a tan for me. I love you!!!
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