Book Review – For Parents Only – Rating: 9 out of 10

For Parents Only - Book CoverFor Parents Only, by Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa A. Rice

How I came to read this book:

I received a copy of For Parents Only in order to participate in the blog tour for this book. I’d like to thank Liz Johnson for the opportunity to read a book that I may not have otherwise purchased. My son may someday thank you as well! 😉 I have to say it surprised me how much good readable information was in this short book.

Score Summary

  • Content: 10
  • Writing Style: 8
  • Re-readability: 9
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 9


Essentially, this is a book of summarized surveys that were taken by teens. They were asked a number of questions and gave some pretty direct and helpful responses.

Because my son is only 2 years old, a vast majority of the information is of the “store that nugget for future reference” nature. However, there were some basic truths about how to treat a child that I think are applicable no matter what the age. In essence, love your kid and stand your ground.

A nice follow up is a reference to Shaunti’s website for more information.

Writing Style

This was a fairly easy to read book. There is a nice amount of story telling about their survey experiences as well as examples from their interactions with their own children.


This one gets good marks on the “re-readability scale” because I have the feeling that I will need a refresher as my son gets closer to his teen years. Right now, our conflicts primarily consist of me telling him it’s nap time and him throwing his body to the floor in the magical too-stiff-to-hold and too-spaghetti-like-to-wrangle combination.

Since I know this will change, I will be keeping this book on hand for future reference. Actually, now that I think about it, this book has similar value to me as does the book by Dr. Laura Schlessinger, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands. As I said in that review, that’s a book that I plan to read every couple of years. This one has that same “boy, I really should remember that” kind of quality.

Busy Mommy Scale

I read this book in about two longer (waiting for an eye-appointment, and getting a pedicure) and three short (before bed, bathroom, 5 minutes on the couch) sittings.

In Memory




Deeply loved. Faithful. Cherished. Missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Amy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


One Thousand Gifts – Part 73

  • 581. A really relaxing weekend
  • 582. Making new friends across the globe (Hi Sheila!)
  • 583. The anticipation of vacation time – even if we’re not really going that far…
  • 584. Making it through one day of my “March Around Jericho” (Thanks Heidi, for the inspiration!)
  • 585. The joy and history keeping of video to remind me how quickly little ones change
  • 586. Naps
  • 587. Coffee
  • 588. Sleep (yes, I need some, but have to finish this list before I go to bed!)
  • 589. Finding God’s loving messages in old things that make me realize he’s been trying to reach me all along – I just wasn’t listening
  • 590. The growl of a hungry belly

Book Giveaway – for parents only by shaunti feldhahn & lisa a. rice

for parents only - Book CoverI have been given the opportunity to read, review, and give away copies of Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa A. Rice’s new book, “for parents only: getting inside the head of your kid”.

I have two free copies of the book that I will send to the first two people that comment here (please don’t post your address publicly – I will contact you via email for details. Within the US only, please).

I will be posting my review of this book between November 26-30, 2007.

Happy reading!

Book Review – The Glass Castle – Rating: 8.75 out of 10

The Glass Castle - Book CoverThe Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Wells

How I came to read this book:

My mom loaned it to me after having read it for her book club.

Score Summary

  • Content: 9
  • Writing Style: 10
  • Re-readability: 7
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 9


The story told in Ms. Wells’ memoirs are still with me. I finished reading this book a couple of days ago, but it’s still in my head. I’m having a hard time finding the words to write this. It’s a story of a life. A really rough childhood. One of the reviews on the inside cover really summed it up by saying that if anyone had reason to whine about their early life, it is this woman, but she doesn’t.

It’s certainly not a “feel-good” book, but wow.

“Bonanza!” Brian shouted.
“Feast time!” I said to him
He looked at the dishes, I knew what he was thinking, what he thought every time he saw a spread like this one. He shook his head and said, “You know, it’s not really that hard to put food on the table if that’s what you decide to do.”

She was not spiteful or attacking in her judgment of her parents, but with the simple telling, made it clear she was hurt and bewildered at how the people she loved could make such self-centered choices.

Writing Style

The whole time I was reading, I was amazed at how matter-of-fact the author was about some pretty rough times. She excels at storytelling. You can just see her surroundings and feel the tension with every incident she remembers.


Hm. This one is hard. I almost want to read it again to stay in the story. However, it’s not really a happy one. It’s just real. And it’s powerful.

Busy Mommy Scale

This book started, as most do, unfortunately, as a bathroom book for me. If a particular story was a little longer and engrossing, it made its way to my nightstand and my desk. Once I got to about the middle, I got so wrapped up in it that it took over and I had to finish it at every spare moment. It got carried around the house. 🙂

I have to say, I would love to meet Jeannette Wells. I would love to know if she’s really as pragmatic about her life. She really is an example of how though you may come from underprivileged roots, you can truly make responsible choices that change your surroundings.

“Are you saying homeless people want to live on the street?” Professor Fuch asked, “Are you saying they don’t want warm beds and roofs over their heads?”

“Not exactly,” I said. I was fumbling for words. “They do. But if some of them were willing to work hard and make compromises, they might not have ideal lives, but they could make ends meet.”

She is speaking from experience and a victim she is not.

Child of Mine

An awesome spin! I loved this movie. It is a really fun take on what it means to be a Child of the King. Enjoy

Song – You Are A Child of Mine, Mark Shultz
Movie – The Lion King

My brain is getting old…

Being influenced by my friend Beth, I am working on memorizing Romans 5:1-11 (the verses that I quoted a few days ago).  There’s no better way to write it on my heart, than to ingrain it on my brain, right?

Are there any verses that you have found have changed your life when memorized and meditated on?

We’ve been having a discussion on what it means to have a renewing of our mind.  I think this is one good step in the right direction.

Time to allow God to do the New Thing!

Now, if I can just get my rusty gears turning.  This mommy brain of mine is a lot more fuzzy than it used to be!

One Thousand Gifts – Part 72

  • 571. A little boy happily chattering himself awake
  • 572. A morning visit from an awesome friend bearing conversation and Starbucks
  • 573. Godly friends to carry heavy burdens
  • 574. Old movies that warm the heart
  • 575. The beginning of a family-filled holiday season
  • 576. The time to sit down and keep a list like this
  • 577. Hot chamomile tea
  • 578. My mom coming back from vacation – I miss the daily chats
  • 579. The opportunity to work with a group of people who put their beliefs to work
  • 580. A peaceful home

This one was started last week – I’ve been slacking. Not sure I can make 1000 by the end of this year…

I get it.

I get it. The Good News. I think I’m finally getting it.

Romans 5:1-11 (NLT)

Faith Brings Joy
1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

My precious Jesus. I get it. Please, please, please, help me keep it!