Thanks to 10ofthose.com for sending over copies of two new resources for me to review – one aimed at Christian parents, A Fruitful Home, and one aimed at teenagers, Head Heart Hands.
A fruitful home
I get sent lots of books, and I try to provide honest reviews of them. So occasionally I come across some books that I just don’t get along with or click with. We all have our own styles of writing that we enjoy, and personally I just didn’t click with Ann Benton’s style of writing.
Writing from the perspective of a grandparent who was parenting in the 1970’s means that some of the examples and viewpoints are maybe slightly outdated, despite Ann herself referring to how damaging this can be! The language used is quite formal, so instead of feeling like I had a friend or mentor journeying with me and providing advice, it felt more like an instructional manual that I was trying hard to understand. There were many references to traditional literature and stories, such as The Wind in the Willows and Mansfield Park, which I found quite alienating as I am not familiar with and don’t enjoy those classics.
If you click with that kind of writing then please do buy this book – there is a lot of wisdom and advice inside to help you set up the culture of your house and really start to think and consider whether our parenting is gospel focused or not. The book is available for only £4.99 from 10ofthose.com.
Head HEart Hands
Head Heart Hands is a new collection of bible study resources aimed at young people and teenagers. In three volumes, they split up the book of Matthew into manageable chunks, highlighting the themes and the big picture of the book. There are anecdotes mixed with insightful questions and space to write answers. There are simple prayer suggestions in response to each study, and 40 studies in total in each book. There’s plenty of blank space and pages for own notes and sketches, as well as pleasant artwork illustrating each study.
These books would be ideal for a young person who wants to start being more independent in their own bible study, or to use as a group together. The set of three books is £12.99 (multi-buy discounts are available if buying for a group!).