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“Modern Parents Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today’s Kids” (Revised & Updated) by Sissy Goff & Melissa Trevathan

Content

Modern Parents Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today’s Kids (Revised & Updated) by Sissy Goff & Melissa Trevathan, and both are certified counselors.

Goff and Trevathan’s purpose in writing this book to address the issues parents struggle with the most when it comes to raising children.

Examples of these issues are technology, disrespect, entitlement, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, etc.

Not only that, the authors teach parents “how to cultivate kindness, gratitude, integrity, responsibility, and more.”

This book is broken into three parts, and includes quotes from authors, lists, suggestions for parents, children, and teach steps of application at the end of each chapter. As you can imagine, this book is highly supported by research and sources.

Review

This book is also highly recommended by authors, professors, speakers, and actress Candace Cameron Bure.

I admire the authors’ mission to help parents by teaching how to instill “true, foundational, vintage values, built on faith and hope in Jesus Christ.”

The authors are passionate and offer a practical and professional perspective for parents to reference. They offer helpful, specific advice.

This advice is applicable and organized to each stage of childhood and adolescence.

Primarily, this book is encouraging to struggling parents and gives them valuable tools in their parenting tool box.

I highly recommend this valuable parenting resource, for whatever stage of life your kids are in.

About the Authors

Sissy Goff

Sissy Goff, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP has worked as the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling and the Director of Summer Programs at Daystar since 1993. She also has been a guest on television and radio programs across the United States and in Canada.

A sought after speaker to parents and girls of all ages, Sissy is also a regular speaker at LifeWay’s You and Your Girl events. She has written for CCM Magazine, ParentLife magazine, and a variety of other periodicals.

She and Melissa Trevathan coauthored The Back Door to Your Teen’s Heart, Raising Girls, Mirrors and Maps, and Growing Up Without Getting Lost.

Melissa Trevathan

Melissa Trevathan, M.R.E. first became a youth director at the age of 16. Since that time, she has been a teacher, retreat leader, head of spiritual life at a private school in Nashville, and is now founder and Executive Director of Daystar Counseling Ministries that began in 1985.

Melissa has spoken across the country, including teaching graduate courses in counseling adolescents and has been a guest on television and radio programs throughout the United States and in Canada.

She coauthored The Back Door to Your Teen’s Heart, Raising Girls, Mirrors and Maps, and Growing Up Without Getting Lost. She is a regular speaker at LifeWay’s You and Your Girl events as well as a popular speaker for parents and kids of all ages.

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Motherhood – “I need a vacation!”

A shout out to all you mamas (and dads) out there. Our job as parents is incredibly hard!

Today was a Nightmare!

Today, for example, my kids would not stop nagging, whining, and screaming over EVERY LITTLE THING! My brain literally feels like it is frying as the days goes on.

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As a mom, staying at home, an author working from home, in ministry with my husband – my jobs are never done.

I want to crawl into the fetal position and never get out of bed, when I think of all the things I should be doing, have gotten done, or will have to do.

I NEED A BREAK!!!!

As my mom always says, “Stop the world, I want to get off!” Yes, that about sums up how I feel this very moment.

“Mom’s Night Out”

From Youtube.com

Now, I’m picturing the movie, “Mom’s Night Out,” when the chaos of four different moms’ lives implodes all at once.

“I love my kids, I love my husband, I love my minivan – my mini van rocks! Then why do I feel this way (so unhappy)?”

Again, I love my family, I love my jobs, but some days are just too much.

Encouragement

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All I wanted to say was I hear you, I’m with you, and we can survive this season of our lives.

Let’s encourage one another in our victories and check in on one another regularly.

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Above all, seek God’s peace and wisdom for ourselves and our parenting in the Holy Bible.

If you don’t know where to start, Proverbs or Psalms are good ones to try.

Be blessed, get rest, and give your children over to God. Only He can change their hearts.

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“Where is Wisdom?” by Scott James

Where is Wisdom by Scott James, is a great book for elementary aged kids.

Content

If you would like a book to teach your kids about the wisdom of God, this is the book for your family. With poetic descriptions, inspired by the chapter Job 28, and incredible illustrations, this is a winner.

Video: Where is Wisdom? from Scott James – Look Inside

Recommendation

When I read it to my own kids, they couldn’t stop saying, “Wow! That book is amazing!” I’d highly recommend this book.

About the Author

Video: Where is Wisdom? from Scott James

Scott James serves as an Elder at The Church at Brook Hills. He and his wife Jaime have four children—Will, Kirstine, Benjamin, & Bethan—who served as the inspiration and original audience for this Advent devotional.

They live in Birmingham, Alabama where Scott works as a pediatric physician. Scott serves in the children’s and youth ministries at Brook Hills and is passionate about helping families grow together in Christ.

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“The Way to the Savior: A Family Easter Devotional” by Jeff and Abbey Land

The Way to the Savior: A Family Easter Devotional by Jeff and Abbey Land, is fun and meaningful for the whole family!

Content

This devotional includes 40 family devotions, to be read the 40 days of Lent, leading up to Easter.

It also includes prayers, discussion questions, journaling pages to fill in with Easter memories, and family activities.

The book is sturdy and has the potential to stay nice for a long time.

The illustrations are one of a kind, and make each day stand out.

Recommendation

This devotional is made so that it can be a family staple and heirloom for Easter every year.

I highly recommend this Easter family devotional!

Looking for MORE?

Check out this Bible reading plan on the YouVersion Bible App1

The Authors

Jeff and Abbey Land

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“Big and Little Activity Devotional” by Rachel Swanson

Big and Little Activity Devotional by Rachel Swanson, is a great book for all ages!

Content

Not only are there activities for kids and adults, the book is laid out so that the child and adult can do the same activity at the same time (and age appropriate to each one). The book literally folds open facing the adult and the child at the same time.

Not only that, each page contains a biblical devotional for you and your child to learn and discuss together.

Recommendation

I highly recommend this activity book for families seeking to do fun, interactive devotionals for their kids.

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“Little Words Matter JUMBO Coloring Book” by B&H Publishing Group

Little Words Matter JUMBO Coloring Book by B&H Publishing Group, is a good coloring book for kids.

Content

Not only does it include simple pages, teaching your child the ABC’s, counting, and colors, it includes the song “Jesus Loves Me” and a prayer of thanksgiving.

I like the integration of God and of His creation, but I wish there was more of it.

I also would have liked to see the pages be easier to tear out of the book. Since I have four kids, it will be hard to share the coloring pages, but am glad the book is thick enough to have plenty of pages.

Recommendation

I would recommend this coloring book to any parent of young children.

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‘The Quiet, Crazy Easter Day” by Jill Roman Lord

The Quiet Crazy Easter Day by Jill Roman Lord, is a great picture book for any family celebrating Easter!

Content

As a mom and an author, I love how this book is both developmentally appropriate for children. All the way through the story, the author emphasizes the verbs and sounds the animals do or make.

Jesus and the resurrection are the focus the entire way through, not culturally used icons, like bunnies or chicks.

I also love how the book gives kids the truth about the resurrection.

Kids are told they can talk to Jesus still today, and then gives them an action step, of sharing “the truth of Easter day” with others.

Recommendation

Not only did the author do a fantastic job sharing the resurrection story with kids, the illustrations, by Kelly Breemer, and book material quality are outstanding!

I highly recommend this book for any Easter basket!

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“What’s So Wonderful About Webster?” by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick

What’s So Wonderful About Webster?, by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, is a children’s book with a powerful message.

Content

Webster, a fourth-grader, and his class have field day coming up. He is so nervous, because he doesn’t know what event or race he is good at.

Webster struggles with fear, insecurities, and jealousy of others’ abilities. he even tries to copy his classmates abilities, but he fails yet again.

It isn’t until Field Day arrives, that Webster finds his true ability and gift from God, and the power of his and his parents’ prayers.

Recommendation

This is a valuable lesson for any child, to know their value and worth in the eyes of our Creator God, and we don’t have to be someone else to be special or important. I highly recommend this well-written, well-illustrated masterpiece!

About the Authors

Alex Kendrick

Alex Kendrick has dedicated his life to following Jesus Christ and making His truth and love known among the nations.

After serving in church ministry for 20 years, he now writes, speaks and produces Christian films with his brothers, Stephen and Shannon.

Alex directed the movies Overcomer, War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel and cowrote the New York Times bestselling books The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men, and The Battle Plan for Prayer.

He has been interviewed by “Fox & Friends,” CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and serves on the boards of the Fatherhood CoMission and the Christian Film foundation. He and his wife, Christina, live in Albany, GA with their six children and are active members at Sherwood Church.

Stephen Kendrick

After serving in church ministry for 20 years, Stephen now writes, speaks and produces Christian films with his brothers, Alex and Shannon.

Stephen produced the movies Overcomer, War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel and co-wrote the New York Times bestselling books The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men, and The Battle Plan for Prayer.

He has been interviewed by “Fox & Friends,” CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and serves on the boards of the Fatherhood CoMission and the Christian Film foundation. He and his wife, Jill, live in Albany, Ga. with their six children and are active members at Sherwood Church.

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“Epic Devotions” by Aaron Armstrong

Epic Devotions by Aaron Armstrong, is a great kids devotional, in connection with The Gospel Project for Kids curriculum.

Content

Each devotion includes a Bible passage to read, encouraging kids to read the Bible. Also included, are a quoted verse, the event description to establish context, foreshadowing to Christ’s coming and the Gospel, and a life application section.

Life Application

I like that there’re several options for application: an explanation of relevance to the passage and reader, a step of action, a question to challenge the reader to share the gospel, and a memory verse.

The memory verse is most often from a different part of the Bible, encouraging cross-referencing and knowing God’s Word in its fullness.

“The Gospel Project”

This kids’ devotional has great illustrations, in connection with “The Gospel Project for Kids.” This way, kids can grow into the devotional, if they are already familiar with the curriculum and illustrations.

Review

Each devotion is lively and biblically authentic, and includes more scriptural accounts than most devotionals for kids.

This book is the real deal!

About the Author

Aaron Armstrong is an author, blogger, and Brand Manager for The Gospel Project, based outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

He has written several books, including Epic: The Story that Changed the World as well as the screenplays for the documentaries Through The Eyes of Spurgeon, and LUTHER: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer.

He writes daily at BloggingTheologically.com, and his writing has appeared on numerous websites including The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, Crosswalk.com, and ChurchLeaders.com.