Friday, September 16, 2011

The Hour that Matters Most: A Book Review

About The Book:

The facts are on the table. Dinnertime is truly the most important hour in a day that a family can spend together. Focusing on the family meal, this book will help strengthen families by showing them how to reclaim this important time in order to build relationships, draw closer to one another, and restore a sense of peace in their homes. Millions of parents in America can picture the kind of home life they want but don’t know how to make it a reality. The Hour That Matters Most will help readers strengthen and transform their own families—specifically around the dinner table.

About The Authors:

Les Parrott, PhD, is cofounder, with his wife, Leslie, of the Center for Relationship Development on the campus of Seattle Pacific University. The author of such best–selling books asShoulda Coulda Woulda, High–Maintenance Relationships, The Control Freak, Love Talk (with Leslie Parrott), 25 Ways to Win with People (with John C. Maxwell), the award–winning Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (with Leslie) and the New York Times Bestseller, The Hour That Matters Most (with Leslie). Dr. Parrott is a sought–after speaker and holds relationship seminars across North America. He has been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. His many television appearances include The View, The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Show. Les lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons.  To learn more, please visit

Stephanie Allen is a recognized pioneer in the meal-assembly industry. She first began making fix-and-freeze meals for her own family in 1986 and gradually began developing a collection of specialized "dream dinners" recipes. When the demand to share her time-saving meal assembly solutions became overwhelming, she and longtime friend Tina Kuna hosted the first series of large-scale meal assembly sessions, which became the catalyst for opening the first Dream Dinners store. A popular speaker and educator, Stephanie spreads her vision to make people's lives easier and restore the tradition of family dinners.

Tina Kuna, a recognized leader in the meal-assembly industry, was instrumental in creating the innovative Dream Dinners business model. A working mother of three, Kuna adopted the assemble-and-freeze method for her family in 1996. A strong advocate of families eating together, she plays a key role in bringing the Dream Dinners solution to communities across the nation. In 2006, Tina and Stephanie were awarded Ernst and Young's Entrepreneurs of the Year in the Pacific Northwest.

My Review:

With two preschool children, sitting down as a family to eat meals happens pretty regularly. However, I know that know as school begins for the children, and autumn schedules begin to get busier, there is a distinct possibility that our meals together will diminish. It is my hope and prayer that as my children grow older, that we will not lose the routine of eating meals together. Right now, since my husband works out of the home, we only eat supper together as a family, but this book has definitely given me a lot of fantastic ideas for making this a special time for family togetherness.

I had the opportunity to cook a few of the recipes that are in the book and they are all super easy to make, and more importantly, taste fantastic! I have even hand written many of them into my recipe binder so they are right at hand when I want them. I have also had a special relationship with my highlighter and pen as I read through this book, underlining and making notes galore. This is a book that I will reference for many years to come, and I have already shared the title with several of my friends. There is lots of food for thought in this book (pun intended!) and you will enjoy all the discussion questions and ideas to implement with your own family! I know I have. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Hour that Matters most at your favorite bookseller from Tyndale House

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Tyndale House Blog Network, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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