Thursday, June 22, 2006

Don't Make Me Count To 3!

Do you hate that saying as much as I do?!

Well, I promise not to do too many commercials on this blog, but I couldn't pass this up, especially since it is the most exciting thing going on in my life right now besides packing...!

If you have children, grandchildren, will have them one day, or just like children, may I HIGHLY recommend this book. I will be subtle; I LOVE IT!!

If you have ever read Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp, this is the practical application of what he was trying to teach.

If you haven't read his book (another great read), his basic principle is train your child's heart first. His behavior will follow. As a man/child thinks, so he is. If you train him to behave correctly, but his heart never changes then you will have raised a pharisee. Of course there is much more to his book, but this is it in simple form. It's so basic but so profound. I loved this book, he just didn't teach me how to do it.

Then I found Don't Make Me Count To 3 and it was just what I needed. Concrete examples and instruction on how to apply God's Word to my children's hearts. Wow, I have my work cut out for me!! But I feel more confident and hopeful.

Our ladies Bible study at church spent several weeks using this book as a basis for discussion and further search in the Word to find answers to our particular challenges with our own children.

Don't Make Me Count To 3: A Mom's Look At Heart Oriented Discipline
Read it. Tell me what you think.


Pun said...

I'm reading this book myself. I'm also training myself to probe my children's hearts. It required much thoughts, but it's the only right course of action. And no, I don't have a glass eye. I don't ever want to be a king. Being the king of my own family is already HARD! =)

Karen said...

Thanks for the tip, Merri! I have read Sheparding Your Child's Heart and I loved it. It totally changed the way I looked at my kid's behavior. As I read the book I remember thinking "where's the practical application?". So this is great! I'll get it and read it.

M & M said...

Diana told me about this book at the Bussians. I ordered it along with the chart Wise Words for Moms by Ginger Plowman. While I was waiting for my order to arrive, I started Shepherding a Child's Heart. So....I'm going to finish that one before starting on the other. Even though my kids are getting older, Diana thought it'd still be very useful.

Merri said...

I am so glad you guys are interested. Please let me know your thoughts on the book.

As soon as Pun finishes, I plan to reread it. It is amazing how much the Bible has to say about raising children and how quickly even young children can understand it.

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