“Relational Reset,” by Dr. Laurel Shaler

“We all need friends who are willing and able to look at all sides of a situation prayerfully and thoughtfully instead of jumping to our defense.” Dr. Laurel Shaler, “Relational Reset”

Dr. Shaler meets her readers with answers to some poignant relationship questions, and matter-of-fact Biblical answers. Her knowledge, expertise, and experience as a counselor provides a confident stance on common relational problems. Broken up into twelve, easy to read chapters, each contains a “Working on Myself” section at the end. Through these questions, readers are able to immediately apply the knowledge they have gained to their current situations. This book is practical, on point, and incredibly relevant. 

This book not only met me in the middle of some of my own relational questions, but has allowed me to relay encouragement to my children and friends applicably. In a world where everyone has their opinion of what justice is and how it should be served, Dr. Shaler takes an educated and trained stance on the realities of these issues according to God’s truth. Her advice is timeless, and applicable to everyone. I recommend this book to everyone. There is something to be learned for all walks and stages of life. 

“It’s okay to desire justice. It’s even okay to expect and demand justice. In fact, Isaiah 1:7 tells us to seek justice. However, the reality is that justice in a fallen world will never be perfect. But God’s justice is.” Dr. Laurel Shaler, “Relational Reset”

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“Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday,” Valerie Woerner

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in  me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24

This is a prayer I pray daily. Motherhood, like nothing else, catapulted me into a massive growth spurt in my faith. I had no choice but to cling to Him as I learned …and am still learning …how to be the mother He wills me to be for the lives He’s entrusted in my care. 

This book comes alongside mothers looking to accomplish the same feat. It’s an ongoing process, and the author’s humor and Biblical knowledge fill the pages of this book with laughter and tears. 

The book is broken up into five parts, “Surrender,” “Replenish,” “Develop,” “Connect,” and “Thrive.” Chapter 7, “On Empty, Say Hello to More Energy,” and Chapter 8, “What’s Next Papa? Say Hello to More Joy,” resonated with me the most. No matter what book I am reading, God always finds a way to speak straight to my heart, and He did so in this Chapters. 

“Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday” will be a refreshing read for any momma seeking reassurance from the Father that she was made to raise her kids. It can be so overwhelming, and Woerner let’s us know that it’s OK to feel and talk about how overwhelming it all really is!!!

“We don’t default to joy. We have to fight for it. Scripture gives us a rather surprising command about joy: ‘Always be joyful.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:16) “

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“Parenting Beyond the Rules,” Connie Albers.

“They remember the pictures your words paint.” Connie Albers, “Parenting Beyond the Rules”

Life is picking up speed as my husband and I begin to race through the pre-teen years with our two daughters. This book set me on track to stay ahead of the game. A lot of the topics Albers discussed in this book are in the beginning stages of development already. I see certain behaviors and feel equipped to peek around the corner in regards to how they may develop. Books like this one are essential to me, as I seek to learn more about myself and God as I parent the two beautiful lives He has entrusted me with. 

Albers takes us on a journey with our changing children, teaching us what to look for and how to understand and celebrate the life they are now beginning to live with more independence each passing day. When to let go is a struggle, and the information packed into these pages helped me attain a better perspective on what to let go of and what to hold onto.

I felt encouraged reading this book. I finished it in two days. It was a quick read, I believe, because it’s so applicable to “Raising teens with confidence and joy,” as the sub-title promises. I found myself looking back on my own life as a teen, and being able to pull from those experiences in order to grow as a parent who will need to help her teens through some inevitably hard seasons.

The book is broken up into twelve chapters, with a section in the back full of resources for parents who would like to continue learning and researching. The stories throughout the book help paint an accurate picture of the research and Biblically based advice. I particularly liked the chapter titled, “Monitor Your Mouth.” How easily it is to find myself slipping into an argument with one of my children. I felt convicted and equipped to speak life to my kids.

I highly recommend this book to parents of tweens and teens. I will keep it close by as a reference for the years to come.

“Your child might act as if what you say doesn’t matter, but don’t be fooled. Their confidence will be shaken-or increased-by what you say and how you say it.” Connie Albers, “Parenting Beyond the Rules.”

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“The Power of Christian Contentment,” Andrew M. Davis

“Believing the secret that ‘I am God-sufficient and it is enough to know that god is with me and loves me’ give us a remarkable staying power in serving others.” Andrew M. Davis, “The Power of Christian Contentment

This book walked right into the dusty corners of my life and swept out an amazing amount of discontentment. The entire work is straightforward, Biblically based, and incredibly convicting. The research and stories that intertwine with the lessons are incredibly captivating. This book is a game changer on this topic. 

In the early chapters of the book, the author states, “Christian contentment is heart work, deep and interior.” Throughout the book, Davis walks His readers through just that …some deep heart work! 

This book was well organized and wonderfully written. I was left convicted to pray daily for God to reveal any areas of discontentment in my life, as this book sparked vast growth in my heart on the topic. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to more about what Christian contentment is, and how we can do this characteristic justice in our lives.

“The tapestry of our life’s history is made up of Todays. And it should start with some basic spiritual disciplines, if we are ever to make progress to maturity in Christian contentment.” Andrew M. Davis, “The Power of Christian Contentment.” 

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“Growing With,” by Kara Powell & Steven Argue, Book Review

“Currently in academic, philanthropic, and for-profit fields, there is a fresh awakening to the power of empathy. By empathy, we mean ‘feeling with’ young people.” -Growing With

“Growing With” is an invaluable resource to parents currently raising or preparing to raise teens and young adults. The research is diligent and applicable in equipping parents to come alongside their children during the tricky growth spurts they go through. 

As a parent of two tween girls, I drank in every spiritual sentiment and educated formula presented in this work. It will be a resource I go back to as they grow, and I am able to reapply the authors’ insights as my children enter different stages of young adulthood. I am appreciative of the warm and relatable tone which this book is written in, despite all of the research packed into it’s pages. 

The book is broken up into four sections, “Growing With Parenting,” “Thriving in Family: Withing,” “Thriving in Faith: Faithing,” and “Thriving in Future: Adulting.” It’s easy to read. Those that are raising or working with teens and young adults …even those in the preparatory tween stages …will get through the content quickly. 

It can be difficult to figure out how to talk about all of the awkward and hard topics with our teens and young adults. Powell and Argue take the guesswork out of “if” we can come alongside and parent young adults well, and faithfully guide parents in a relatable “how to” we can all employ in our everyday lives. 

I highly recommend this book to parents raising teens and young adults, and those that work with or volunteer their time in youth groups for kids these ages.

“Often, young people’s questions about God and current topics are their attempts to keep their spirituality relevant, not rebel against it.” -Growing With

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