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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Another great way to make our families stronger16 July 2013
Allen R. Wachter
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The Kendrick brothers are at it again! Yeah for all of us who are striving to live every moment of this life intentionally for our creator. We Wachters are huge fans of their films from Flywheel right on through to Courageous. Although I don't mind saying, Fireproof is our all time favorite. It's right up there with Disney Cars, which my kids have watched a hundred times if they watched it once. And they certainly did watch it once.
This time the Kendricks have combined the Love Dare they created with Fireproof and the idea of being a purposeful parent they stressed in Courageous to write The Love Dare For Parents. When this came across my email I jumped at the opportunity to review it. The Love Dare has helped so many couples get back to God's way and purpose for marriage. I couldn't wait to see what they would do for parents and children. If you are familiar with the original Love Dare you may be asking some of the same questions I was. As the mother of nine children my primary question was how can you implement a one on one plan with so many hearts to reach? Is this going to be the same old kind of parenting book you read day after day? Or will it be like so many sequels to popular Bible studies that are just the same deal with a different cover?
Alex and Stephen answered all my questions right out of the gate. They suggest several different ways to carry out the love day with more than one child. What I decided to do was to follow each day with each of my children. Some days can be carried out with all the children at one time. And when the time comes where I need a day for each child I will do that day for nine days and then pick up again with the next day.
For example day 1 is all about telling our kids we love them. That's something I do all the time anyway. And it is something that is easy to do with all nine kids on the same day. Day 30 instructs us to talk through a recent crisis with our children. Help them to respond to it and pray with them. We do this as a natural part of our family anyway but it will be easy to sit and have such a discussion with our whole family together during devotions, happy hour, dinner or bedtime. And with so many life changes on the Wachter horizon, there is no lack of topics for sure. So Day 30 will be a group dare. Day 40 invites us to write a legacy letter to our children. I can not see myself doing this quickly. I think I will take at least one day per child to do day 40 or maybe even wait until vacation where I can have several uninterrupted weeks to work on it.
At the end of each day the authors have included a place to check when you have completed the day's dare and a place to write how you have carried it out. After forty days you will not only have a closer relationship with your most precious asset but you will also have a wonderful journal . I have a paper back edition but I could see a beautiful leather bound version being a wonderful gift to any parent. When you read this, Alex and Stephen, perhaps you could send a note off to your publisher?
To accompany The Love Dare For Parents the Kendricks have created an online assessment test to help you evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. I clicked over there on my iPhone and took the test in just a few minutes while I was nursing Addison. It was that quick and simple. Unlike many of those sort of things, I found this one to be very accurate as far as I see my parenting. After taking the evaluation, you are directed to specific days to help strengthen each of the six key areas of parenting. This online tool takes a great book and makes it even greater.
Note: I did have trouble adding multiple children to the website, but adding my children to the page does not change the effectiveness at all.
Thanks to the Kendricks for another great way to grow our families stronger.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The Love Dare for Parents8 July 2013
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I wasn't sure how God was going to use this book in my life, but after reading Days 2 and 3 (dealing with patience and kindness respectively), I can honestly say that it was Divine Providence that allowed me gain access to this book. I have struggled with wrongly directed anger issues towards my young son for a while now (getting upset with him for even the slightest mistake), and Day 2 felt like it was written specifically for me. This quote really spoke to me: "Patience is always welcome. It gives people more time to work through their issues. It beautifully diffuses conflict before trouble has a chance to escalate. It whispers peace into situations brewing toward eruption. It's not a blanket form of tolerance that lets everything go, but rather a wise surveyor of the situation, allowing proper steps to be taken." I think one of my struggles with showing too much patience with my son is that I think he will see it as weakness on my behalf and, instead of bringing him up "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" I will be bringing him up as an unruly child that will embarrass both his mother and I because he thinks he can get away with things all the time. However, the preceding quote really convicted me that showing patience is not weakness at all, but is a much better attribute to default too rather than anger.
"The Love Dare for Parents" is a book that needs to be read by all parents, and then re-read multiple times in order to drive us to our knees and make us more dependent upon God's grace to love our kids the way that God designed us too.
Title: The Love Dare for Parents
Author: Stephen Kendrick
Publisher: B&H Books (2013)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the B&H Books book review bloggers program on NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"UPLIFTING, INSPIRING, MOTIVATING!"8 July 2013
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This inspiring book is created from the authors who delivered the heartwarming book titled 'The Love Dare.' Stephen and Alex Kendrick chronicle an informative, concise, and motivational book, based on the golden key of love and acceptance. The authors take parents on a journey of challenging 'dares' for quality time with their children, while encouraging a positive and happy outlook on life. The insightful information presented is refreshing, heartwarming, and comforting for parents and children. It encourages a positive attitude, while highlighting the importance of messages between parents and children. In addition, the authors point out the great significance it bears on happiness as we constantly reinforce compassion and love. Each and everyday, a different motivational verse of Script is used as the bond between parent and child becomes stronger, through love and encouragement. In today's busy world, this guide encourages the relationships between parents and their children to continue a strong sense of compassion and understanding for each other. Thought-provoking, interesting, and educational. Highly recommended!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
What Will You Do with 6,575 Days?11 July 2013
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A few years ago, a movie ignited fires in marriages around the world. It displayed to hurting couples that love is a choice and marriage is a commitment. The movie Fireproof centers around a 40-day challenge called the The Love Dare. A dare for husbands and wives to practically practice unconditional love towards each other.
Three years later, authors Alex and Stephen Kendrick have furthered this dare to include parents. The Love Dare for Parents follows the same concept. 40 days of practical, Scriptural-driven ideas to help a parent "understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children."
Each day's chapter includes a Scripture verse, a reading passage concerning the topic, a challenge to implement that day, and space to journal. Eight separate appendixes further the teaching.
To begin, the authors encourage you to take a free personalized parenting assessment. It took just a few minutes to take and showed the strengths and weaknesses of specific areas of my parenting. Then the results showed which days of the challenge would focus on the areas.
The authors grabbed my attention right way with this introductory sentence.
Approximately 6,575 days pass between a child's birth and his or her eighteenth birthday.
Oooo...that is not may days. Every day, that number is getting smaller and I have less time to love on and mold my children. To prepare them to be used by God and to love others as God would love.
Reading through the challenges, I liked how intentional they were. I can see where focusing for 40 days on my children in this way would be very rewarding. The dares reminded me how precious my children are and how much they desperately want and need my unconditional love.
As with all books, there were a couple of small points that I didn't agree with the authors. Nothing fundamental but still differences of opinions.
While the book is designed to cover 40 days, it could easily be used for an extended amount of time if needed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Challenging28 Oct. 2014
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Format: Kindle Edition
Excellent book! This book gives practical ways to show love to your children. Sometimes I have been at a loss in this area especially with teenagers. This book shows that love is an action word. I was able to see the ways in which I was lacking. This book challenged me especially in the area of words. Not saying one negative thing was hard at first...but it has trained my mouth to speak only what is wholesome!