Sunday, June 16, 2013

Seven Things Children Need: A Book Review

About The Book:

After selling over 125,000 copies and being translated into nearly twenty languages, this third edition of a classic Herald Press title has been refreshed for new generations!

Drescher continues to emphasize how parents can meet their children's seven most basic needs. Anybody who cares about children as persons created in God's image will rediscover the topics of significance, security, acceptance, love, praise, discipline, and God through this practical, timely resource written in a personal, down-to-earth way.

You can read the book introduction here.

You can download and read chapter 1 of this book here.

About The Author:

John M. Drescher of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, is married to Betty Keener Drescher. They are the parents of five children, grandparents of fourteen, and great grandparents of ten. Drescher has served as a pastor, bishop, editor of a denominational weekly magazine, and moderator of the former Mennonite Church of North America.
He has authored thirty-seven books, including Meditations for the Newly Married, If I Were Starting my Family Again,When Your Child Is 6–12, For the Love of Marriage, andParents: Passing the Torch of Faith. Seven Things Children Need, first published in 1976, has been published in at least twenty languages.
John has written hundreds of articles for more than a hundred magazines, and they have been translated into in at least seventy languages. His articles have appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, Reader’s Digest, and Catholic Digest.
Drescher has served in ten countries, often crossing denominational lines to speak at conventions, retreats, and seminars in the areas of spiritual renewal and family life. Following a decade of seminary teaching, he now serves, since 2006, as campus pastor at Quakertown Christian School.

My Review:

I have to admit I have a bit of an addiction to collecting parenting books. Even as an Early Childhood Educator I purchased several well-known parenting books by authors like Barbara Colorosso, David Elkind, and James Dobson. Since becoming a parent in 2006, this collection has grown substantially. While I enjoy the "how to" books to some extent, I far prefer books that guide me and encourage me to have a grace filled relationship with my kids. One of these books has been Seven Things Children Need. 

The book is small in size, at only 126 pages, but is HUGE in content! Seven Things Children Need is very well written, easy to read and will be an encouragement to all parents as well as those who work with children. 

It is divided up into seven chapters, each covering a different need:

1. The Need for Significance
2. The Need for Security
3. The Need for Acceptance
4. The Need to Love and be Loved
5. The Need for Praise
6. The Need for Discipline
7. The Need for God

Each chapter has a quiz for parents or caregivers to complete, as well as discussion questions. This makes it perfect for both individual and small group study purposes. The chapters on discipline, significance and acceptance were my favorites. Throughout the book I had several "a-ha" moments and reading this book has been a huge encouragement to me as a mom. It is a book that I will reference over and over as I travel the parenting journey. 

Here are a few quotes that stood out to me in Seven Things Children need:

"If persons gain a sense of significance and self-worth in childhood, they have a foundation for emotional health and balance throughout life" (p. 20)

"A sense of belonging is essential for children's security and feeling of worth. And when children feel they belong in their family and are of real worth there, it is not a big step also to feel accepted, loved, and of worth to others and to God" (p. 47)

"The time to enjoy and accept a child is durin gthe day in play and activities, not after the child is tucked away in bed or after the child is grown and gone" (p. 65)

"If a child lives with praise, the child learns to appreciate. An adult can get along without daily praise.  A child will shrivel up without praise. Fortunate is the child who receives sincere and genuine praise" (p. 93)

These are just a few nuggets found in this delightful book that has tested time (first being published in 1976) and is just as relevant today as it was revolutionary back when first released. It is a book that all parents need and all family ministry workers and pastors should have in their ministry libraries.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Seven Things Children Need is available online through Menno Media, a division of Herald Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Menno Media, 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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