I am so thankful to be sent some great resources for parents to read through and review on your behalf. This month I want to share three books that I’ve been asked to review, my honest opinion on them, and who should read them. Lets begin!!!
Lessons I learned from My Little Girl
Have you ever realised something new about God from something your child has done? I am a firm believer that becoming a parent helps you understand the father-heart of God in a more real way, and that is what Dai Hankey is trying to capture in this beautiful coffee table book. Full of beautiful illustrations, endearing stories of his daughter and perfect parallels drawn into parts of God’s character and story, this book is a delight to read. Each of the 8 chapters takes only 5-10 minutes to read, and so is perfect for a coffee break.
This book would be a lovely gift to give an expectant or new parent, and with its gospel themes it would be ideal for those who are on the fringe of church or non-Christians to point them to God in that new season.
Idols of a mother’s Heart
Have you ever wondered why motherhood is so hard and why it brings out the worst in us sometimes? It’s because God is trying to sanctify us and make us more like Jesus. This book explores how idolatry is something that really manifests itself in motherhood and how we can recognise and deal with that. The book is split into three sections – the first one setting the scene and getting you up to speed on idolatry in the bible (I found this quite a dull section to be honest, as I was already aware of what it was), the second section identifying what idols might be prevalent for mothers, and the last section helping you deal with those.
This book has been one I have had a love hate relationship with. I have enjoyed reading some chapters, and others not so much. But each chapter is finished with some questions to ponder over and a well thought out prayer that captures the heart of that chapter. I have been forced to look at myself and what things might have taken the place of God in my heart as a mother, and just in general. It is a necessary but not easy read, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to properly check their hearts are in the right place during this season of life.
Raising Kids in a You Can Do It World
I have loved this series of books as they are short, snappy and to the point, whilst dealing in a biblical way with some of the biggest issues we face as parents in our current world. This one particularly deals with our over positive world, where you are told you can achieve anything and everything, and yet we have to balance that with what the bible teaches us about sin and needing a saviour.
I love the way that each chapter only takes 5 minutes to read – it is bitesize and perfect for parents to be able to digest in the time they have spare. There are 8 different “signposts” on how to approach and deal with this world in a biblical way, and all are very practical such as “Thrill them with the gospel”, “team up with a faithful church” and “teach them God is awesome”. I was left feeling equipped and as if actually this wasn’t a big problem anymore, as I am already doing lots of the things suggested in the book to give my children the tools to deal with the world we are in. For the sake of a couple a quid (yup, the book is really that cheap!) it is worth investing in and preparing yourself, even if you only have young children, so that they have the best foundation to take on this current world from.
DISCLAIMER: I was sent free copies of these books by the publishers for my honest review. I have received no payment for doing this, and all opinions stated here are my own.