Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Bringing Up Girls: Book Review
Bringing Up Boys by parenting expert and best-selling author Dr. James Dobson was, and continues to be, a runaway hit, selling more than 2 million copies to date. Now, Dr. Dobson presents his highly anticipated companion book: Bringing Up Girls. Based on extensive research, and handled with Dr. Dobson’s trademark down-to-earth approach, Bringing Up Girls will equip parents like you to face the challenges of raising your daughters to become healthy, happy, and successful women who overcome challenges specific to girls and women today and who ultimately excel in life.
About The Author:
James C. Dobson, Ph.D., hosts the daily radio program Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson. He is founder and chairman emeritus of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization that produced his internationally syndicated radio programs, where he was heard by more than 200 million people every day in 160 countries. A licensed psychologist and marriage, family, and child counselor, he is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. For 14 years Dr. Dobson was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and he served for 17 years on the attending staff of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. The author of more than 30 books, including Bringing Up Boys and his recent New York Times bestseller, Bringing Up Girls, he has been heavily involved in governmental activities related to the family. He was elected in 2008 to the National Radio Hall of Fame. Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and is the father of two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and the grandfather of Lincoln. He resides in Colorado.
You can read the first chapter here. (PDF Format)
When I found out that James Dobson was going to be releasing Bringing Up Girls, I immediately put it on my wish list for buying/reading. Then when I discovered I could review it through Tyndale Publishers Blog Network program I was thrilled! I immediately requested and was so glad I did.
Drawing from the phenomenal success of Bringing Up Boys, Dobson delves into the wonderful world of girls! What makes them tick, their greatest fears, why girls need their daddies, and so many other wonderful topics related to the raising of girls. I absolutely loved the fact that Dobson addressed the issue of girls and beauty, particularly how to help your daughter develop AND maintain a healthy body image, despite what society and the media want our girls to be.
He included a fair amount of information about the increase of bullying among girls and how to encourage a lifestyle of modesty (including the idea of a Purity Ball, which I love!).
There was also a ton of question and answers from real-life parents and I felt that all the responses were Biblically sound and very easy to follow. While there was not as much practical advice as I have read from Dobson in past works, my favorite part of the book was the emphasis on the male role, specifically the dad's, in the life of girls.
Many of the statistics that Dobson quotes throughout the book are very discouraging and paint a very sad picture of the world, but its reality. The future for girls (and boys!) is scary, but with the advice given by Dobson throughout this book, parents will be armed with the knowledge they need to raise wonderful, God-fearing girls!
While I do not always agree with everything that Dobson says with regards to discipline and parenting techniques, Bringing Up Girls was a thorough, well-written, and easy to read book that all parents of girls need to read!
I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Brining Up Girls by James Dobson online, through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca - it is also avaliable through your favorite local bookseller.
***Thank you to Tyndale Book Publishers for providing a copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***