8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What's Right
How to raise godly children in a godless world
Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle? Against the culture, against the busyness, sometimes even against your spouse and kids… Often it seems like everything is against you as a parent, and your everyday life can feel far from joy-filled. But it doesn’t need to be that way.Parents Risingwill show you eight cultural trends that parents are up against today and what you can do to claim victory.
This book is about growth not guilt. It’s not a pep talk, or a “try harder” speech. This is real help for real problems that every parent faces. It’s a way to focus your efforts so that they’ll be more effective and you’ll be less exhausted.
Paperback: 176 pages Publisher: Moody Publishers (April 3, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 0802416608 ISBN-13: 978-0802416605 Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
About the Author
Arlene Pellicane loves to encourage women and strengthen families through her writing and speaking. Author of 31 Days to a Happy Husband and 31 Days to a Younger You, she believes that anyone can experience positive life change!
Readers love Arlene's upbeat personality and authenticity. Arlene has appeared on national television and radio programs such as The 700 Club and Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah.
Arlene and her happy husband James live in San Diego with their three children.
A Quirky Novel About Breakups from the Award Winning Author of Live to Tell
The students at Lizzie's high school are notoriously terrible at breakups. Forget awkward conversations: they're dumping each other via text.
Inspired by the terrible breakups around her, Lizzie, strapped for cash, teams up with her best friend, Willa, to create a genius business: personalized gift baskets sent from dumper to dumpee. The Goodbye Girls operate in secret, and soon business is booming.
But now someone's sabotaging The Goodbye Girls, sending impossibly cruel baskets to seemingly random targets, undermining everything Lizzie and Willa have built and jeopardizing their anonymity. Will Lizzie end up saying goodbye to the business for good?
Paperback: 248 pages Publisher: Nimbus Publishing (October 1, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1771086351 ISBN-13: 978-1771086356 Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8 inches Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
About the Author
I wish I had something really exciting to tell you about myself but I grew up in Halifax and now live one street over from my family home—my kids go to the same school I went to, my best friend since grade three lives next door, and her kids and my kids are best friends. I bet that seems sort of weird, like I never left. But I did. I went to Acadia then to the Mount. I worked in a preschool, then I was a substitute teacher for a number of years. During this time and well after, I worked part time at the Keg (for almost 15 years). It’s also where I met my husband.
When I first thought about trying to write, I always figured I’d write children’s stories or picture books—sweet and cuddly stuff for really young kids. After a few disastrous attempts, I realized that was just not me. I’m actually jealous of people who can write that kind of thing. It occurred to me that although I can’t remember what I did five minutes ago, I seem to be able to remember what it was like being a teenager—how I felt, the things that went on, the drama, the angst. So why not write what I know, or knew? It feels comfortable. I think I might stick with it for a while, though I’d love to take a stab at writing for adults someday like in the form of funny, short stories.
Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents' psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parents' development. Parents unwittingly pass on an inheritance of psychological pain and emotional shallowness. To handle the behavior that results, traditional books on parenting abound with clever techniques for control and quick fixes for dysfunction. In Dr. Shefali Tsabary's conscious approach to parenting, however, children serve as mirrors of their parents' forgotten self. Those willing to look in the mirror have an opportunity to establish a relationship with their own inner state of wholeness. Once they find their way back to their essence, parents enter into communion with their children, shifting away from the traditional parent-to-child "know it all" approach and more towards a mutual parent-with-child relationship. The pillars of the parental ego crumble as the parents awaken to the ability of their children to transport them into a state of presence.
Paperback: 300 pages Publisher: Namaste Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1897238452 ISBN-13: 978-1897238455 Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
About the Author
Shefali Tsabary, PhD, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, New York. Dr. Shefali was exposed to Eastern mindfulness at an early age and integrates its teachings with Western psychology. This blend of East and West allows her to reach a global audience. Her ability to appeal to both a psychologically astute and consciousness-driven audience establishes her as one of a kind in the parenting field.
Dr. Shefali has worked with a varied demographic, ranging from survivors of the Asian Tsunami to Third World women, from inner city youth to suburban families, and from the elderly and infirm to corporate leaders.
Dr. Shefali lectures extensively on mindful living and conscious parenting around the world, and is in private practice. She is author of Out of Control, published in early 2014, as well as the book It’s a Mom: What you should know about the early years of motherhood, which debuted on the Indian National Bestseller List for four weeks.
Dr Shefali was recently a guest on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday and Lifeclass television programs. In her introduction of the author and this book, Oprah stated that she has not been as excited about a book's philosophy as she is about this one since Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth.
This book hit #1 at Amazon and BN, and continues to remain in the top ten.
With Stand: Staying Balanced with Answers for Real Teen Life, author, speaker and TV show host, Shannon Perry speaks the raw, but real truth to teen/tween girls, offering practical and spiritual advice to help them make the best decisions for their lives. Though Shannon holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling and is a Certified Instructor in Parenting and Crisis Counseling, she sought the input of ten teen girls who she met with regularly for several months in her home. The girls shared their real life issues, offering Shannon a personal glimpse into the topics that affect teenagers today. Stand addresses the most pertinent questions that concern young women, offering real-life advice on topics such as friendships, dating, self-esteem and body image, bullying, cutting, gender identity, sex, technology, and parental communication. Using wit, wisdom, and scriptural references. Shannon speaks in a language teen and tween girls understand. Shannon is currently embarking a national speaking tour for a mother/teen daughter conference entitled IN HER SHOES, and this book will be one of the main resources used for that conference. Shannon is also using her gifts as a songwriter and singer to record a CD to coincide with the conference and book. A music video of one of the songs has already been penned by Shannon and Lifeway Christian Resources’ Songwriter of the Year, Paul Marino. The song entitled “Overlooked” is now a music video, directed by Telly Award-winning director, Jeff Kubach. For more information, visit www.ShannonPerry.com.
Paperback: 160 pages Publisher: Carpenters Son Publishing (October 1, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 1942587279 ISBN-13: 978-1942587279 Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
About the Author
Described by one conference attendee as “a cross between comedian Chonda Pierce and Bible teacher Beth Moore,” Shannon Perry has been named the favorite speaker by numerous women’s conferences and groups. She hosts a weekly TV show, Grace in High Heels, which airs on five television networks into over 100 million homes. She is the author of three books, "Grace in High Heels: Real Life Reflections of Humor, Hope and Healing," "The Overlooked Generation: Parenting Teens and Tweens in a Complicated Culture", and the Reader’s Favorite Award-winning book, "Stand: Staying Balanced with Answers for Real Teen Life." She holds a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling and is a Certified Instructor in Parenting Classes and Crisis Counseling. Her articles have appeared in several magazines and websites including Focus on the Family magazine, Brio magazine, Charisma, Crosswalk.com, iBelieve.com, Beliefnet.com, among many others. As a singer and songwriter, Shannon has teamed with Lifeway's Songwriter of the Year, Paul Marino, to write and record songs for one full-length CD as well as the song, “Overlooked,” featured on Shannon's latest CD, In Her Shoes. The music video for "Overlooked" was directed by Telly Award-winning filmmaker Jeff Kubach whose credits include the hit television shows Survivor and Burn Notice. Shannon has performed with the Houston Symphony, at Carnegie Hall, and sang the National Anthem at a Houston Astros game and Houston Texans NFL game before 70,000 fans. Visit http://www.ShannonPerry.com for more information.
Seventeen-year-old Sadie Robertson—star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson—shares her outlook on life as she opens up about herself and the values that make her family what it is.
Sadie Robertson represents everything that a well-adjusted teenager should be, even while growing up in the spotlight on Duck Dynasty. She exhibits poise, respect for her family and friends, and a faith that influences her choices. Everyone wants to know how a family as eclectic as the Robertsons are raising such confident, fun, family-loving kids. With this book, Sadie sheds light on the values instilled by her family that make her the person she is.
Sadie lives by a simple list of principles that lead her to personal and spiritual growth and allow the relationships she has with her friends and family to flourish. These values include think happy, be happy; dream big; shake the hate; do something; and many more.
Living as a culturally relevant teen who loves God and her family, Sadie has become a role model for other teens and for parents who are eager to instill the same characteristics in their children.
Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Howard Books; Reprint edition (July 28, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 1476777810 ISBN-13: 978-1476777818 Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
About The Author
Sadie Robertson catapulted into stardom as a young teenager, starring in the hit reality series A&E’s Duck Dynasty, as well as landing first runner up on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Season 19 at just 17 years of age. The now 20-year-old has expanded her platform as a motivational speaker and advocate for her generation. On a mission to empower her peers in the name of positivity, self-confidence, and a call to “live original,” Sadie designed and launched a 16-city motivational tour called the Live Original Tour in 2016. She recently announced her plans for Live Original Tour 2017 set for this fall. Sadie has also ventured into acting, appearing in God’s Not Dead 2, the 2016 film about Columbine shooting victim Rachel Joy Scott I’m Not Ashamed, as well as taking on a starring role in the Hallmark movie, Sun, Sand, & Romance.
Sadie embodies the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Robertson family and has carried her philosophy into multiple business ventures including her own phone app, SADIE, a prom dress line with Sherri Hill, school supplies for DaySpring, jewelry and home goods with Glory Haus, and a fashion line with Wild Blue Denim. She has also partnered with Roma Boots and worked alongside them in their mission to “give poverty the boot” and spends time every year traveling the world serving those in need with One Squad, a group of young people that Sadie created with Help One Now, that seeks to engage her generation in social justice by caring for children and orphans around the world.
A bestselling author, Sadie is currently working on the follow up to her New York Times bestselling book, Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values, which, along with her newest books, Life Just Got Real and Live Original Devotional are available at retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit LiveOriginal.com.
Beth Clark is a writer and publishing consultant and runs a business called Thinkspot Communications in Franklin, Tennessee.
Recently, incidents of violence and abuse against women have been on the front pages of most national newspapers, the lead stories of every newscast, on the lips of many people and all the buzz on social media. What happened to cause this sudden interest? It is not that this type of treatment toward women is a new phenomenon. It isn’t. Women have been abused for centuries. So, why all this attention to it now? I believe that what has finally occurred is what Malcolm Gladwell describes in his book, The Tipping Point, as, the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point. However, I believe that one crucial aspect of abuse has been missing from the discussions.
When we mention the word abuse, we automatically think of sexual and physical abuse because that is the most obvious form. We often don’t consider that emotional abuse can be just as harmful to a woman’s sense of well-being. I describe emotional abuse as the mental control of another by the systematic undermining of that person’s self-confidence, self-esteem and sense of self and that abuse is often expressed or characterized by the use of words, gestures and body language.
Many of us have heard the saying: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. That is an outrageous lie! Rudyard Kipling said, Words are the most powerful drug known to humanity. How true that is, and abusers use them as extremely effective weapons in their arsenal. Hurtful and demeaning words sear themselves into an abused woman’s brain, into her subconscious, and effectively reorganizes and damages her thought processes.
You are probably asking yourself, Why is she writing a book about abuse?Is she qualified to write about such a sensitive topic? Well, I am. I have been in abusive relationships, and escaped them all. You are also likely wondering, Why did it take her so long? Well, I felt that the time had come to seriously look inside myself to try to understand why I was in those relationships. Among the players, I was the common denominator. The theme common to their characters was abuse; a pattern was beginning to emerge. So, I began to examine what was causing me to attract such partners, and why I stayed in three emotionally abusive relationships for a total of 27 years. I was forced to dig deep to uncover who I truly was and in the process worked through a number of steps as I tried to make sense of what had happened in my life. I needed to change direction.
Until you recognize the signs of abuse and make the difficult decision to leave it behind, you can’t move forward toward a new life and that is why in the book you will find some of the symptoms which should alert you to abusive behavior. You can give yourself permission to excavate and uncover what is really happening in your relationship and you may be surprised at what you reveal. When you are finished, you may be confused about what to do next but, in order to move on, you need to work through this process. When you do decide to move on and recognize that your old life is over, you will find your own personal 12-step program to help you prepare for your new life ahead.
You are far more resilient than you think you are. Start believing in yourself. See yourself as strong as a lioness ready to bring down and devour anything that endangers her pride. See yourself as big and powerful as a matriarchal elephant ready to stomp on anything that is threatening to harm her and her herd. See yourself as brave as an Amazon warrior going into battle ready to defend to the death her beliefs and everything she loves. See yourself as determined as a gazelle not willing to be caught by a stalking predator looking for its next meal. You are all of these ― and more ― and you must believe deep inside yourself that this is who you are or who you intend to be. If the foregoing images don’t resonate with you, find ones that embody your idea of courage, determination and strength. The journey will not be easy, but I promise you that every pain will be worth it.
My fervent hope is that by sharing my experiences with you, and the inspirational stories of other women, you will glean some insights into what to look for in an abusive relationship. As you read, try to uncover, also, the unconsciously-held limiting beliefs and betrayals that were the invisible chains keeping the women bound to their captors, and their need, albeit unconscious, to reenact the same old stories.
My primary goal in writing this book is to expand the conversation and raise awareness about the insidious nature of emotional abuse and the devastating impact it can have on women. By picking up and reading this book and the stories of other women just like yourself, you will recognize that you are not alone; that there is life after abuse; that you can reinvent yourself; and that you can thrive in spite of everything that has happened to you in the past. I also hope that those of you who read this book will take the time to examine your relationships and determine whether or not, somewhere deep inside, something needs to change. The late English author, George Eliot (1819 – 1880) said, It is never too late to be what you might have been more than a century ago. They are as poignant and true for those who want to realize their potential today as they were for those who lived during her lifetime.
Paperback: 206 pages Publisher: Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press (October 24, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1946697508 ISBN-13: 978-1946697509 Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
About the Author
Carol-Ann Marshall has determined that the current popular definition of abuse needs to be broadened to include emotional abuse. Having personally experienced the devastating effects of emotionally abusive relationships, she is using her experiences to encourage other women to examine their own lives and choose a new direction. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
ON A HIKE keepsake book gives your child the ability to capture and hold onto the most important parts of their outdoor experiences, as they perceive them. Our minimalistic logbook format is designed to be interactive, allowing contributions from both parent and child. In all, ON A HIKE provides enough pages to record 35 total hikes.
Paperback: 68 pages Publisher: In This Moment (November 3, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1732935629 ISBN-13: 978-1732935624 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
One of the most awkward things about growing up is learning to communicate with the opposite sex. What is she thinking? Why did he do that? Teen guys and girls know they often don’t understand the opposite sex or know how to talk to one another.
Communication is a key tool in life. We interact with words, gestures, and movements. The devotions in Girl Talk Guy Talk give insights that focus on different aspects of teen life to help both guys and girls better understand and communicate with the opposite sex. Various styles of devotions, including stories, checklists, quizzes, fact-based news, text messages, and skill-building tips will encourage and equip young girls and guys to understand how the opposite sex is wired and how to best relate with them.
Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 1, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1496417860 ISBN-13: 978-1496417862 Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
About the Authors
About Jesse Florea
Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for 13 years. During that time he has been the associate editor for "Breakaway" magazine (for teen boys), editor of "Clubhouse Jr." magazine (for 4- to 8-year-olds), and developer and editor of the "Focus on Your Child's Tween Ages" newsletter for parents of 8- to 12-year-olds. For the last 10 years, he has been the editor of "Clubhouse"--Focus's magazine for tweens. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in communications from Wheaton College in Illinois. Professionally, Jesse has written several books (including "Young Believer 365" and "The One Year Devos for Sports Fans" with Tyndale House Publishers) and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles. He lives with his wife and two children (ages 14 and 12) in Colorado Springs.
About Karen Whiting
Karen Whiting is an international speaker, award winning author, and former television host. Karen loves to splash creativity and faith on pages as she writes.
Her inspirational craft books for girls come from fun she had raising her daughters as well as getting creative with other girls. Her first book for boys released in October 2015 (The One Year Devotions for Active Boys). New and upcoming releases include Raising a Modern Day Princess (Focus on the Family Publishing) and 52 Week Devotions for Busy Families (Rosekidz).
Her book, My Princess Devotions, won the 2014 Christian Retailing Best Award for children's nonfiction. Her book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front won the Military Writer Society of America Gold Medal, faith category.
Karen speaks to many groups of women and moms as well as mother-daughter events to share laughter, stories, on topics ranging from building strong relationships, managing time, to appreciating the contributions of women of faith in our history.
ON MY BIRTHDAY keepsake book gives your child the gift of easily capturing and holding onto what they view as some of the most important events, changes, and milestones that occur from one birthday to the next, as well as a 'snapshot' of who they are as they celebrate their birthday and move forward into their next year. All books in the In this Moment™ collection feature our unique minimalistic 'logbook' format, which makes keepsaking simple and ideal for busy parents and allows children to hold onto years’ worth of memories in one beautiful place. ON MY BIRTHDAY allows your child to fill out one log for each year up to the age of 18 and then 17 more times throughout the adult years (approximately once every 5 years up to 100). They will love to look back on how much they have grown and changed as they compare their 5th birthday entry to their 40th! or 50th!
Paperback: 148 pages Publisher: In This Moment (November 2, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1732935610 ISBN-13: 978-1732935617 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
About the Author
Care has always found unique and practical ways to capture memories. Small trinket-filled jewelry boxes that she acquired before the age of five gave way during her school years to a closet full of remembrances stuffed in boxes. When she grew older and couldn’t lug her collection with her to her dorms, she constructed yearly reflection journals to document significant events and heartfelt reflections.
As single years turned into decades, Care has treasured returning to moments of her life. She feels especially fortunate when she's able to relive them with family and good friends over a few cups of coffee.
Care’s life-long enthusiasm for seeking experiences rather than things, and the joy of remembrance and reflection of cherished memories, evolved when she became a passionate mama of two beautiful children, Sophie and Lennon. Care wanted to live “in the moment” with her family during their limited time together, but also create keepsakes of her children's special moments. Her solution would drastically simplify the annual Father's Day gift while (thinking just like a busy mama does) also document and create memories for years to come. After three years of Mama helping her daughter complete a handmade annual keepsake book for Daddy (and wishing she had one of her own!), In this Moment™ was born.
Care is deeply grateful and honored to have the opportunity to add her own energy to some of the treasured moments that make up the lives of others. It’s her sincere hope that her work will inspire the type of bonding that happens with good conversation and tradition-building, the deep, raw and honest words that tend to easily flow from the mouths of children, and the joy that comes from remembering where you started and how far you’ve come.
When she’s not working on the In this Moment™ keepsake book collection, she’s busy dreaming new ideas, spending time with the people she loves, and trying to keep the things that really matter at heart.
How the Orange Rhino Mom Stopped Yelling as Her Kids - and How You Can Too!
Do you often find yourself losing your cool and yelling at your kids? It happens to us all, but it doesn't have to. WithYell Less, Love Moreyou'll learn practical, simple solutions to keep you focused on loving more and yelling less, no matter what the circumstance. It is possible to change and enjoy a calmer life because of it! Take the Orange Rhino 30-day challenge to yell less. In this guidebook to happier parenting, authorSheila McCraithshares daily thoughts, tips, and motivational personal stories to help you toss out the screams and welcome in the peace. Whether you have one child or twenty (or one you still yell at whoistwenty), strengthen your relationships and maybe even laugh a little more--by taking the challenge today.
The Rhino: A naturally calm animal that charges when provoked.
The Orange Rhino: A person that parents with warmth and determination and who doesn't charge with words when angry, impatient, or simply in a bad mood.
Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: Fair Winds Press (November 1, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1592336337 ISBN-13: 978-1592336333 Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
About the Author
Sheila McCraith, more widely known as The Orange Rhino, is a mom to four energetic boys ages 7 and under and recent winner of PARENTS Magazine 2013 Blog Most Likely to Help You Achieve a Goal. In January 2012 her handyman caught her screaming at her boys - like full on screaming! Mortified by her behavior, she promised her boys that she would go 365 days straight without yelling. Her blog www.TheOrangeRhino.com documents her journey, highlighting her lessons learned along the way and the alternatives to yelling she created to help her achieve her goal!
That is the formal blurb about me! Here are some more informal facts:
1. Pink or blue used to be my favorite color, now orange is! Most of my closet are orange shirts and sweaters so that on tough days I can wear orange as a reminder to be warm and not lose my cool!
2. I created the name The Orange Rhino after my son said to me, "Mom, I can't yell but I can still pick my nose!" That night I googled the origin of the word nose and got rhino. One thing lead to another and I learned that rhinos are naturally calm animals that charge when provoked. That is, rather was, so me. I am thrilled I chose this name because not only is it symbolic, but it is fun and as such, set the tone for my entire no-yelling challenge! Yelling is such a serious topic but it doesn't have to be tackled in just a serious manner! I actually had lots of fun learning to not yell - and have lots more fun now that I don't yell!
3. I never thought that I would be a yeller. At age 12, after witnessing my uncle scream, ridicule and bring my cousins to cower and cry in the corner, I vowed to never yell and be “that parent.” I grew older and witnessed parents yell and publicly shame their children for silly reasons and I vowed to never yell and be “that parent.” I grew older still and began to witness friends have kids and do an amazing job of handling tough situations with patience and love; and I vowed to myself that I would indeed be “that parent.” Then January 20, 2012 happened and well, you know the rest of the story!
4. I do not have a PhD in psychology or any other area one would expect a writer about yelling to have. The only PhD that I do have is that I am a Parent (who) Has (the) Determination to yell less and love more. I am a parent just like you - I am a parent with real triggers, real struggles, real good days and real bad days. I want to yell when I have P.M.S; when I get in a fight with my husband; when my son’s sensory issues flare up; when my other son’s speech delay makes it hard to understand him; when I feel insecure about myself as a mom, a friend, a wife, a neighbor; or when my jeans don’t fit because I had an extra slice of pizza.
5. I love to dream about being the perfect mom and person with none of these struggles, but I am not, and I don’t pretend to be. I am often sleep deprived, me-time deprived, exercise deprived, and “enough-hours-in-the-day” deprived; and that can make me cranky. I am honest, down-to-earth, emotional, sarcastic, pensive, and on rare occasion, funny. Some moments I am happy, joyful, and proud to be a mom; other moments I feel frustrated, sad, guilty, nervous or out right exasperated. I think this is more than okay; I think it is normal and I dare to share about it all.