This is a great resource book for parents and grandparents. The author makes book recommendations for kids of all different ages and stages and talks a lot about the importance of reading in general. We have used it so much over the years to help us find great age appropriate and classic books for our kids. Take it with you to the library or book store, use it when shopping for Christmas or birthday gifts or give it as a gift at the next baby shower.
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World Vision is the largest humanitarian relief organization in the world. Richard Stearns is the President of World Vision and he wrote a book called The Hole In Our Gospel that won Christian Book of the Year 2010. Well guess what. He came to speak at our church Sunday. His story is truly inspiring. He grew up poor with two parents that didn’t finish high school. In spite of this, he worked hard and achieved the American dream. He became the CEO of Lenox China and had just built his ten bedroom dream home with his wife and five kids, when he was approached by World Vision to take on the job as President. They wooed him by offering a 75% cut in pay, told him he would have to sell his home and move across the United States, and on top of all that travel to some of the most impoverished countries in the world and come face to face with starvation, homelessness, and death…
Lately I’ve been wondering if I should write a letter to the institution of higher learning that issued me a diploma for a degree in English even though I never read one book. Pretty sure I didn’t in high school either. Please, I know my mother’s skin is crawling at this admission and possibly my father’s as well, since he might have taken out a second mortgage to pay for this degree. But it’s true. That’s the irony of what I am doing here– making book recommendations!?!? Let me tell you why I began to read- a year ago. On every romantic getaway, every family road trip, and every night before bed, my husband reads. When I want to talk he is reading. Ok so that’s all the time and no human being could possibly talk to me as much as I want– but you get the idea. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how I was going to solve this problem. Then it hit me as though I had actually paid a therapist to tell me. If you can’t beat em–join em. I’ll start to read myself. So I have. And now look who’s not talkin. I showed him. It was the greatest day of his life. I started with the classics and then christian fiction, self help, parenting, you name it. No genre untouched. Ahhhhhh– life changing. Also, I think God protected me from “discovering reading” while I had babies because– well let’s just say books tend to take up my time. Or more strongly put, I can neglect my family. Book I am reading now (it’s unbelievable)- go ahead and just stick a “kick me” sign on your back because this one is going to hurt:
This book just came out and I started reading it yesterday. ‘Bringing Up Boys’ came out awhile ago and after I got over the initial shock of being pregnant with a boy (and then wanting the earth to swallow me because clearly I had no idea how to raise a son–much less two) I went straight out and bought it. Naturally I couldn’t wait for ‘Bringing Up Girls’ to come out because, well frankly, I’m trying to ‘bring up’ both. So far it’s got great info and I recommend both books to any of you out there that are raising boys or girls. I don’t know about y’all but I love reading a book that reminds, encourages, validates, or even convicts me in what I am trying to do.