Sunday, July 5, 2015

Never Say No: A Book Review

About The Book:

The question Mark and Jan Foreman are most often asked is: How did you raise your kids?
Mark and Jan Foreman’s adult sons Jon and Tim Foreman of Switchfoot have influenced their world not only by a successful music career but also through their positive impact on communities around the globe. The Foreman parents instilled in their sons a belief that they could make a difference by living beyond themselves.
This powerful book gives readers an inside look at the process. It begins with both parent and child finding their identity in God. It then explores practical ways to encourage holistic learning while cultivating specific gifts, nurturing creativity in a media-saturated culture, and balancing structure with individual choice. Never Say No inspires readers to raise children to live in the wonder of life by loving others well. Parents will find encouragement for their own parenting journey as they guide their kids to live out God’s purpose in radical ways.
About The Authors:
Jan and Mark Foreman live in the San Diego area, where Mark is lead pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel. Mark is the author of Wholly Jesus, and holds advanced degrees in Theology, Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Pastoral Care. Jan is a gifted teacher, artist, and she also facilitates partnerships with underprivileged women and children both locally and in developing countries. Together they love surfing, sailing, travel and especially being with their family.
My Review:
As a parent of two elementary aged children (6 and 8 years old) we are finally at the stage of parenting that we are seeing very concrete likes, dislikes and dreams developing in our daughters. This is both exciting and scary all at the same time. Exciting, because we love seeing their personalities emerge more and more from young child to older child and seeing the things they are passionate about develop on a daily basis. But scary too, as we want to continue to draw both girls to Christ and make sure He is at the center of all their dreams and desires. 
As I read Never Say Never, this is the exact message that came through to me. It is actually a fantastic parenting book, and definitely not your traditional parenting how-to! The book is loaded with fantastic information and took a while to digest everything. In fact, it is so loaded with info, that I am taking it on my summer vacation road trip at the end of this month so I can read it again and take more notes (although the book is so marked up already, I am not sure I can mark anything else up). It is a book that I will reference for a long time to come yet, as it comes all ages and stages of the parenting journey. And definitely one that I will recommend to all my parent friends. A great new parent gift or one that could be a great addition for a Family Ministry program in your local church.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Never Say No online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite Christian book retailer from David C. Cook
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, 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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