Friday, January 24, 2014
"Raising Boys By Design" by Gregory L. Jantz and Micheal Gurian. For parents who want to raise their boys in a Christlike, sensitive, intelligent way, this book provides a wealth of knowledge! Boys differ from girls in some specific and scientific ways and being aware of these differences can improve the way we relate to our boys. Unfortunately, society and our educational system do not always understand these differences, and try to squeeze boys into a mold they were not made to fit. Jantz and Gurian explore the science and then spend several chapters suggesting practical ways to apply the knowledge. The authors use the acronym HERO to highlight four necessary values for a boy's development: Honor, Enterprise, Responsibility,and Originality. Some of the topics addressed include character, emotions, sexuality, technology and media, and school skills. As a mom, I especially enjoyed the chapters explaining the different emotional and developmental learning that a boy gets from his mom versus his dad. I appreciated hearing how my son is wired differently for processing emotions than I am, and learned some strategies for effectively communicating with him - including letting him be quiet, talking while he is active, and not expecting him to use as many words as I would. The book is an accessible read although I would not say "easy." The suggestions are practical but would take a great deal of time to implement, including journaling and notetaking on behavior for weeks. Still, I found the discussion helpful and took away several nuggets that my husband and I can use in raising our son more intelligently. 3.5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Waterbook Multnomah Publishers for purposes of review, and am not required to give a positive review.
Monday, November 11, 2013
As a Christian reader, "Living the Quaker Way" by Philip Gulley was a disappointment. It seems that being Quaker has little to do with religion or a belief in Christ. It is more of a mindset that embraces traditional Quaker hallmarks: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality. These are admirable qualities that I believe enhance the intentional life. However, separated from real faith they are little more than new-age, humanistic, feel-good mantras. According to Gulley, one can embrace any faith, or even no faith, and still live the "Quaker" way. I can't help but think his Quaker forefathers would be disappointed. Nevertheless, the discussion of the Quaker hallmarks poses some interesting questions and spurs deeper thought about one's way of life. I give the book 2 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book for purposes of review from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing and am not required to give a positive review.
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Andy Stanley, the gifted communicator and pastor of Northpoint church, has condensed much of his teaching on leadership into one great book. True to his own calling as a leader, Andy is dedicated to coaching others to become better leaders as well. "Next Generation Leader" is especially for up and coming leaders who wish to learn from the wisdom of those older and more experienced, but it is full of leadership principles that are applicable to a leader throughout his/her life. Andy addresses 5 essentials for leaders: competence, courage, clarity, coaching, and character. Leaders are encouraged to accomplish more by doing less, have the courage to take risks, manage uncertainty, recruit and learn from a coach, and safeguard their integrity. The book is a quick and easy read without being simplistic. It is full of great nuggets of wisdom, questions to ask, ideas to try, and stories illustrating the principles discussed. As is true of all Andy's books, it is down to earth, honest, and in a personal and engaging style. Questions at the end of each chapter are a great help for the individual or for group study. I believe anyone in leadership, no matter how experienced, will find several truths worth discovering and implementing from this winner of a book. I received a complimentary copy for purposes of review from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing and am not required to give a favorable review. 5 out of 5 stars