Never Say No – raising big-picture kids

by Mark and Jan Foreman

 Such a great book on a topic that I am extremely passionate about (thus the name of my blog!!). Mark and Jan are the parents of Tim and Jon Foreman…You know, from a little band called Switchfoot? In this book they teach about “Transparenting”. (Not sure if I made that word up.) Anyway, looking at the heart of the child and guiding them through love and discernment instead of harshness and discipline. The idea is to “Never Say No” when the child asks if you can play. Enjoying them while you can.

While I absolutely agree with the entire idea of this book, I fear that it may seem overwhelming to some. In parts, it comes across that this is really what you need to do or you will have regrets and the child will stop asking you. I just hope that it isn’t read the wrong way and parents start to feel guilty. I certainly don’t feel like that is their belief.

I hope that what is taken from this book will be to really seek your child’s heart. When they are misbehaving, why? What’s really going on? Also, being able to say “sorry” when we are wrong and being transparent in our lives as we are the model of what they will become.

Thank you, Litfuse, for this WONDERFUL book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Jesus > Religion

by Jeff Bathke

Youtube sensation overnight. Skeptical. Watched the video. Won over.

I have heard much about Jeff Bethke and his “poem” on youtube. I finally got around to checking it out and I was so impressed. I thought that it was awesome to see someone who really, REALLY gets it! Still, good at poetry and making videos, not sure if this book will be full of filler to ride the waves of fame.

Absolutely not. This is one of THE BEST “Christian Living” books I have read (well, technically listened to as I drove to visit my parents in NY). This book is full of so many truths and an incredible insight into God’s heart. I don’t care what stage of life you are in, or where you are in your walk with God. Anyone can get something out of this book. I try to live my life “to the glory of God”. I get what he’s saying, but sometimes it just takes hearing it again, and in a different way, to remind you of the truth.

Please pick up a copy of this book! It is absolutely powerful and full of the SIMPLICITY of being a Christian. I am not saying that Christianity is easy, I am saying that we don’t have to do anything besides surrender to Him because we aren’t the pursuers, we are the pursued.

Link to the book is in the pic above. You can also get a free audio version  of this book (plus one more book) FOR FREE!!!

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Thank you, netgalley, for getting this book to me. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!