Friday, March 20, 2015

How many times do I have to tell you? Book review (Litfuse)

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I received How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?: What God wants us to hear when we talk to our kids, in exchange for honest review from Litfuse. The book is written by Rachael Carman. I received an advanced reader hardback copy of the book. The book's genre is Christian non-fiction.

About the book (From Media Kit)

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? (Apologia Educational Ministries, September 2014)

You've probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to what you're saying?

"I remember the day you were born."

"Turn down the music!"

"This is going to hurt me more than it's going to hurt you."

"Hold my hand."

Your heavenly Father wants to tell you many of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you're raising children---she has seven! But this lovely devotional book will help you to hear God's still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You'll learn how to recognize God's instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.

About the author:

Rachael Carman is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart's desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.

My Review:

I wanted to review the book because I loved the title. Even though, I have special needs kids, my kids still do not always listen to me. I am stuck telling them the same things, over and over again, hoping one day, something will stick. 

Brad, put on some soap. Go get a diaper. Leave your brother alone. Kalen, this is not a toy. Don't touch that. Don't eat that. Don't go into the bathroom unless you are going to bathe or poo or  I will lock the bathroom down. 

The book breaks down the most frequent things parents says to kids and then shows us how to communicate God's love to our kids. The author also presents stories of her childhood and her children. She also ties the story to how God is tied into each story, each parental saying. 

For example, one saying is Be Still. I have active kiddies. Kalen loves to climb into my lap, while I am working on the computer and then move around. He wants to climb on my back, my neck, upside down, jumping up and down, and it is irritating. Mama needs her neck muscles to work. Mama don't need to be in a hospital because I don't have that someone to take care of me, let alone my kids, if something serious happens. Carman says that instead of wanting the kids to be still, we (the parents) can be still and observe our kids. We can observe God in motion through our kids. Working on the computer or cleaning can be put aside to spend time with the kids.

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You can purchase the book on Amazon, using the link above. The book is in Kindle format only.

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