Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart Book Review

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“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7.  These verses are the premise of this book Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart and they beautifully sum up our roles as mothers and fathers in the home.

I absolutely loved this book! I enjoyed reading every single chapter, page, and every last word! So much so that I’ve read it more than once. And I know that as I continue my journey as a mother I will probably read it many times. Whether your children are young and little or fully grown, I strongly urge you to read this book! I also feel like this book isn’t just for mothers with daughters, but can also be applied to your sons as well!

In this book Elizabeth George begins by telling us we need to be “the bell sheep” for our daughters. I loved this metaphor she used for mothers. What is a bell sheep? Well, when a shepherd noticed a sheep that would stay close to him he would hang a bell on that sheep so that the rest of the sheep would follow the bell sheep, who was following the shepherd. I need to be the bell sheep for my daughter. God has called me to lead, train up, and guide my children in the ways of the Lord. If I won’t, who will?

In fact, Elizabeth George poses that question in chapter two “The Prayer Warrior” she asks “If you aren’t praying for your daughter each day, who is?” That question really stopped me in my tracks as I read it. And you can replace that word “prayer” with a lot of things! Ask yourself: If I’m not training my child in the ways of God, who is? If I’m not teaching her how to be kind, who is? If I’m not showing her how to love, who is? God has made you the mom. He’s entrusted your daughter to you. He’s assigned you to train her “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” Ephesians 6:4. It is certainly not a task to be taken lightly or half-heartedly. That’s one of the reasons why I really loved this book. It really opened my mind and heart to my role as a mother. Being a mom is so much more than physically taking care of your children. There is so much time and effort that goes into raising and training your children to become women and men of God.

This book was an eye opener to me. It was motivating to read because it made me excited about my role as a mother. I take pride in the job God has blessed me with, the job of raising His children in His image. This book really goes into detail about the different areas of your daughter’s life and my role as a mom in each of those areas. Earlier I mentioned how if I wasn’t to do these things, who will? Sure, I could leave it to the pastor and elders, teachers at school or sunday school, and those people are great help meats and assistants to your job as a mom! But a comment she makes in this book is that, “Home is the natural 24/7, morning-to-evening place to impress truth upon your daughter. It’s where she gets to hear every day how important the Lord is to you.”

After reading Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart I felt inspired to put first things first. Nothing in this world is more important than the lives of my children. And nothing would mean more to me than seeing them grow in the ways of the Lord, to find their calling in Christ, and eventually raise their children to be children after God’s own heart. Another comment she makes in this book is, “Few things in life could ever be as grand as seeing your daughter love and follow the Lord.” And I couldn’t agree more!

I’ve gotten a lot of good suggestions from this book on actions I can take towards raising my daughter. And one of those things I would like to share with you is Elizabeth George suggested making a prayer journal for your child. She suggests to make headings for each area of your daughters life (spiritual, physical, financial, social, vocational, mental, family and church life) and to pray specific prayers for each one. Write the prayer down and then write the answer to that prayer you feel God has given you. I know when I’m older and my children are grown I’ll love to share those prayers with them so they can see how God moved in their life since they were young and how He helped me as a mother.

The book is just full of suggestions, advice, encouragement, and tools on how you can help raise and train your daughter. And like I said before they are not just for a daughter, but are great tools for a son also. I, myself, have a daughter but have also been blessed with a son and I know I’ll take many of the things I read and learned and apply it to my relationship with him.

Something else I really enjoyed was her great use of the scriptures. So, as you sit to read this book I strongly encourage you to have your Bible with you! Sometimes she just quotes the reference and not the scripture and I definitely wanted to read the scripture! My eyes were opened to so many great verses that I am now applying to my walk with God as a mother. You’ll definitely want your Bible with you and even a pen or some highlighters because there are so many good things to take from this book. And it just goes to show that God has already given us the tools we need to be useful and faithful stewards for Him. Whether thats our roles as a wife, mother, sister, friend, or just being a good child of God. It’s all in His Word. God is so good!

Put in the time! God’s given us the tools we need. I want to encourage you that we can raise godly children! It just requires getting into God’s Word, taking the time, doing the work. Something else I highlighted in the book is, “Not one truth is ever wasted, or powerless, or unimportant, or fruitless. God’s Word cannot return void, no matter when it’s sown. It always works on the heart of the hearer and accomplishes God’s will. Isaiah 55:10-11.”

I just want to leave you with these encouraging words from the book, “…my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity…I won’t give up, shut up, let up, or slow up.” Make raising and mentoring your children a priority. Be a mom after God’s own heart and help raise daughters and sons after God’s own heart!

I encourage you to read this book! If your planning on becoming a mom, start planning now! If you have young children, start learning and applying now! If your children are older, its never too late to impart truth to them or your grandchildren! Thank you! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. God Bless!

Fat Dad, Fat Kid Book Review

 Fat Dad, Fat Kid came out December 29, 2015, and that’s the day it arrived on our doorstep. I began reading it pretty much immediately. I’m not one to read “fitness” or health books. I never have before. But because I’m pretty familiar with Shay Carl and the Shaytards and what they do on YouTube I wanted to read this book.

 My first thought while reading this was what a great way to start the year! The timing of it’s release was perfect. New year, new you type of stuff right here in this book. From the title, the cover, and most of the content in the book its pretty safe to assume this is a fitness book. But I’d like to better classify it as just a motivational book. It’s a really motivating book! Sure, it focuses more on physical aspects, but I think all of what is in here can be applied to your every day life.

I think that if you get really serious about your physical health, you work hard, you play hard, eat healthy, do more, that all of that will leak out into other aspects of what you do with your life. You work harder for yourself, you’ll work harder for those around you, and you will reap the rewards from that.

Something else you may take from looking at the cover, and something I’ve read a lot of comments saying based on the cover or those who know the Shaytards, is that they don’t look like thin and trim or health experts. That’s true. They aren’t. But I really don’t think this was written with a “This is what you need to do-look at how great we look” objective. The whole book and all of its chapters are a challenge between a father and his son, over the span of a month, to learn more about being healthier. It’s dinner time, will you choose to hydrate yourself with refreshing water your body needs or this brown sugary drink? Will you eat a double bacon cheeseburger or opt for something healthier?

What I took from this book is it really isn’t a number on the scale, sure that’s a good measure, but it’s how you feel. Its the good or bad habits you make that affect your health. Its the good or bad choices you make that will either help you or put you further into a life of health issues. It’s about changing your thinking. Change how you look at food. Shay and his son aren’t experts or the thinnest people in the world, but their book motivated me!

I’m not going to say no forever to the things I enjoy eating like cookies, pizza and soda. I’m probably not going to exercise everyday. But more often than not I’m going to make better choices. Not sit around all day, day after day. Do I have to give up my chocolate chip cookies I love so much? No! But do I need to make them every single week? No, that’s probably not healthy. Do I have to eat nothing but fruits and vegetables? Well, that’d probably be good for me to do at least for a little while, but no I’m not going to do that. I am, however, going to eat them more often and make them more apart of my meals and snacks.

So, maybe you aren’t looking to read a “how to” book on fitness and health. You just need some motivation to get you going in the right direction. Then, this is definitely the book you want to read. After that it’s up to you to take action and do what you feel you need to do to feel better!

Allegiant

allegiantI have completed the Divergent series and am sad to see it end. I am very happy to have come across this series. Love the characters, love the story line, love how it was written. Most certainly not a waste of time.

The 3rd and final book of the series, Allegiant, picks up right where the 2nd book ended. As did the 2nd book from the 1st. And let me say I really appreciated that. Sometimes it confuses me when the second or third book in a series picks up five months down the line. And you are trying to figure out whats going on for the entire first chapter. The “big reveal” so to speak of this book was finding out what lies beyond the fence of this great and messed up city. It wasn’t too surprising, though I’m not sure what I expected it to be. Surely they weren’t going to walk out of the fenced in city and find Middle Earth laying at their feet a couple miles down the road. No, that’s silly. I’m not opposed to that though. But what it was made sense. Sorry for using “it” a lot. Trying not to give spoilers here. If you read it you know. If you haven’t read it, go read it and found out. So overall I was pleased with that.

The ending, dun dun dun. Well, the ending wasn’t what you would hope for. At least I hope you wouldn’t hope for that. But it was a change of scenery so to speak. Not every story is a happy ending. This is reality we are talking about. And I love the message at the end. Life isn’t perfect. It sucks sometimes. And that’s okay. You can’t give up. You just have to face it and live with it. Look for the happy moments.

I give the whole series 5 stars. Well, done Veronica Roth.

With that I was also pleased with the Divergent movie. Yes, a few minor things were different. But overall it was very true to the book and I think they did a great job with the characters. Yes, a great job indeed. 😉 Looking forward to seeing the next two.

Insurgent

insurgentI’ve been struggling with writing this review as I am not too sure what to say about it. How do you write a book review on a book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already written a review about? Essentially, it is the same book with a different title. Is anyone keeping a running count on how many times I type ‘book’?

I enjoyed where the author proceeded to take the story. And, like the first installment, this one really made me use my imagination. I like the creativity used in making the characters fight against themselves so to speak.  If it were me what would I face in the other corner of my mind? Whenever placed under a serum or simulation they are placed into an arena with themselves. How do you beat yourself? Out wit yourself? How can you be stronger than you? And to me that’s the most fascinating parts of these books. At times, just like the real world, you are your worst enemy.

Insurgent concluded with a bit of a cliff hanger. We get our answer as to why these people have been stuck within the limits of their own little city. We find out what is on the outside. But we are left with a lot of unanswered questions. I really hope the 3rd book delves into the past. What or who brought them there? How did it happen? What exact reasoning was behind it?

4 out of 5 stars for this one.

Divergent

divergentLet me just come out and say I really liked this book! I finished the first twenty-six chapters in one day, which having a child to take care of and other plans for that day, is pretty good! If it wasn’t for the fact that I was reading it way past my bedtime and I was completely exhausted then I probably would’ve finished it that night.

I was a little nervous heading into the book that it was going to be a lot like The Hunger Games (which it was). I feel like I’d already read The Hunger Games and seen the movies so I don’t really want to read another similar story. How can you top The Hunger Games right? Well, to my surprise, their resemblance didn’t hurt the book in any way. So if you liked The Hunger Games you will like this.

We follow this story through the eyes of Beatrice Prior, a sixteen year old, who’s one decision leads her to a place she expected but there’s a lot thrown her way she didn’t expect. Through finding friends, enemies, and love she faces betrayal and loss like she never thought she would. A combination that makes it all the more exciting to read. Veronica Roth did a wonderful job in exploring places that are very hard yet interesting to explore…fear. I think that was my favorite thing about this book was the fact that the character’s fears are made so obvious to the reader and you get to see how she handles each one. Who can’t relate to being fearful at times?

Looking forward to reading the next 2 books in the trilogy.

This was a great book. Easy read. Action. Love. Only thing I didn’t like was a couple twists at the end. All in all I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

The American Heiress

The American HeiressThe American Heiress is a truly compelling novel written by Daisy Goodwin. I was entranced by it the entire time I was reading it and even for a time after. Being a fan of the show Downton Abbey I highly recommend this book as it truly reminds me of the setting and characters of the show. It is why I read this book in the first place.

It transports you into the late 1800’s and into the life of a young American heiress, Cora Cash. What she is searching for is a title, but much more than that she’s searching for something else. She has money, she has beauty, she has the eyes of everyone in town, and with all that comes power. So what else could she possibly want?

Freedom.

Being whisked away to Europe she finds a bit more than she bargains for. Yes, she gets her title but is it all what she expected?

I found myself feeling all the things this young heiress felt as I followed her journey. From happiness to betrayal the author did a beautiful job in portraying Cora’s story as The American Heiress. 

I rate this 4 out of 5 stars