Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch

As parents we want to give our kids the world. Somewhere along the way we think our primary role in their lives should be as their provider and our kids should have everything.

Our primary role is training them.

I'm not saying that is our only role as parents.

Culture will tell our kids everything is about them unless we train them not to.

I say train there intentionally.

Train: teach a particular skill or type of behavior through practice and instruction over a period of time.

The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."

We are daily in the process of training our kids to live against their selfish nature and to not think of only themselves. If we're honest we're trying to do that ourselves as well.

We are swimming upstream and it is hard.

That is why I love Kristen Welch's new book!

About the book: No one plans to raise a selfish child or spoiled brat. Every parent dreams of their child being selfless, generous, and appreciative. But it’s challenging to raise a grateful child in a culture that has a hard time saying no. We love our kids and want to give them the world. How do we say no to our child when “every other child” gets “everything they want?”
Kristen Welch, author of We are THAT family and founder of Mercy House, is learning the way to give the world to her children is by giving them perspective. She’s discovered the ultimate yes in bringing up faith-filled kids who love God and others.
It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. With Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine gratitude in your family and create a home in which your kids don’t just say―but mean!―“thank you.”

If you are raising kids you need this book! Go buy it! You can buy it here!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Shelfie- 'Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War by Ray and Betty Whipps

Book Description: Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. However, soon after Ray returned to his unit, he was captured by German forces and held captive in Stalag VII, Germany’s largest prisoner of war camp. It was there that Ray’s faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured the most horrific weeks of his life—weeks marked by brutality, malnutrition, back-breaking labor, and near-constant death. The only thing that kept him alive was the dream of someday reuniting with Betty.

Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, with personal wartime letters from Betty interspersed throughout, ’Til We Meet Again is a sweeping love story set amid the backdrop of WWII. The perfect combination of “in the trenches” battlefield accounts and classic 1940s romance, this memoir reads almost like a novel. It is an epic story of faith, hope, and love, and a nostalgic look back at one of the most memorable periods in American history. 

About the Authors: 

Ray & Betty Whipps met while serving in Europe during World War II and married in 1945. They have seven children, eighteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. They live in Portland, Oregon.

Craig Borlase has written thirty-five books over the last two decades. He lives in the middle of the English countryside and is married to Emma. They have four children: Evie, Barnaby, Bethany, and Olivia.

Book Review: I love true stories! This book was no exception! I loved how their faith led them through the darkest times they have ever faced and the theme of redemption that is laced through their story! This book is a must read!