Saturday, May 23, 2015

Want your kids to live beyond themselves?

Book info
About the book:
Never Say No (David C. Cook, May 2015)

The question Mark and Jan Foreman are most often asked is: How did you raise your kids?

Mark and Jan Foreman's adult sons Jon and Tim Foreman of Switchfoot have influenced their world not only by a successful music career but also through their positive impact on communities around the globe. The Foreman parents instilled in their sons a belief that they could make a difference by living beyond themselves.

This powerful book gives readers an inside look at the process. It begins with both parent and child finding their identity in God. It then explores practical ways to encourage holistic learning while cultivating specific gifts, nurturing creativity in a media-saturated culture, and balancing structure with individual choice. Never Say No inspires readers to raise children to live in the wonder of life by loving others well. Parents will find encouragement for their own parenting journey as they guide their kids to live out God's purpose in radical ways.

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About the author:
Jan and Mark Foreman live in the San Diego area, where Mark is lead pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel. Mark is the author of Wholly Jesus, and holds advanced degrees in Theology, Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Pastoral Care. Jan is a gifted teacher, artist, and she also facilitates partnerships with underprivileged women and children both locally and in developing countries. Together they love surfing, sailing, travel and especially being with their family.

My Review:
I was not really sure what to expect with this book, as the title honestly caught me off guard.  However, the very first page dove my into my doubts and also immediately hooked me on the book.  "Never Say No" is a must-read parenting book and really taking each moment and enjoying it and enjoying your kids.  This addresses picking battles and finding that right balance between limits, freedom and saying yes in order to spend time together with your children discovering their interests and building your relationship together.  The section addressing imagination and how so many are losing their imaginations is so important to understand as this is such a growing concern more and more with how media saturated everyone is now.  I also love the discussion of traditions as traditions have always been an important piece of my life to me and I have carried some over from my childhood and also been trying to create new ones with my children.  The discussion questions at the end of the chapters are a great addition to the book as well as they really helped me to apply and reflect on how I am raising my children. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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