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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bringing Up Girls - James Dobson

Shaping the next generation of women.  If you are anyway involved in influencing girls of any age, as a parent, grandparent, in-law, or other family member, this book is a must read.  Females today are growing up with a false sense of what is important and who they are.  It's not what the media or her friends think that is important, as society would want her to believe.  With chapters such as Girls in peril, Teaching girls to be ladies, and the Obsession with beauty, Dr. Dobson reviews a Biblical process for raising Godly women in this fallen world. There are sections on questions and answers, and interesting transcripts of actual conversations and interviews with real people and how they have been impacted by their parents in good and bad ways. 
This book is a real wake up call for parents of daughters of any age.  There are discussion guides available, and an extensive notes section that refers to the research from the internet and other books on the subject.
Dr. Dobson continues to be a voice that is speaking out and standing up for Biblical principles in a world where these ideas are sorely needed.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

All Pro Dad - Mark Merrill

Seven Essentials to be a hero to your kids. The author is founder of Family First, an organization dedicated to strengthening the family.  This is the kind of book that every dad should read that wants to be better at being a parent and is badly needed in today's society with so many absentee fathers.  There are quotes from Tony Dungy, who wrote the forward, S. Truett Cathy, Micheal W. Smith, Michael Ducker and more.  This is an honest
book that states that we all fail and make mistakes, it's what you do with those mistakes that make the difference.
Starting with the Fundamentals, there are chapters on Knowing your makeup, mindset, motive, method, message, and Master.  There is also an appendix with additional suggestions. There is also a website, allprodadbook.com and MarkMerrill.com and on facebook.  I can respect that Mark mentions his own struggles with being a better father, and personal examples from his own life.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be a better father and those that hope to be a father someday, it's never too early to start.  You can effect the next generation.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Shot of Faith to the Head - Mitch Stokes, PhD

The cover states, Be a Confident Believer in an age of Cranky Atheists.  The author states that the purpose of this book is to take a few of the most important intellectual weapons, tactics, and strategies from recent Christian philosophy and put them in your hands.  Some may be surprised to realize that philosophy and Christianity can be compatible.  The author has worked in the engineering field, and holds a PhD in philosophy from Notre Dame.
This is a well researched book with notes for each chapter, and an index for quick reference. The book is divided into parts that reflect atheist's so called points titled Belief in God Is Irrational, The art of self defense, Science has shown there is no God, and Evil and Suffering show there is no God.  In each section the author refutes each of these points will well thought out rebuttals, and at the end of each chapter a page titled For Your Arsenal, which reviews the points in the chapter.
I would recommend this book to all Christians, because sooner or later, if not already, you will encounter an atheist who has been using these points for a while, and we must know what to say. 
I have been provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review from Booksneeze.