We all know I love to read, if you read my blog at all, you will see lots of book reviews sprinkled with some posts about farm life here in the country. So it is not unusual for me to like a book, and tell you why!
This book however, has really impacted me. I read an earlier version of this book published by Focus on the Family, when I picked it up at a Sally Clarkson Conference. But, when I was offered a chance to review this book, by a new name I did not know it was a re-published book until it arrived. While it is re-published, it is also tweaked, and edited, so it is really a different book in many ways.
Anyway, how did it impact me? Well, honestly I do not prefer reading introductions, too much like reading instructions. I did read this one though, and wow! One of the challenges that Rachel Carmen lays out for the reader is to ask your kids to list the top ten things you say to them. You are to list what you think you say the most. This caused me to pause. I could tell you what I thought they would say, but it made think “What do I want them to be hearing?”
So I made my list, while they made theirs. I was surprised by a few things that made the list, less surprised by others. Just a great exercise. The title of the book is How Many Times DO I have to Tell You? – but it is more than that. Yes, Rachel takes us through the every day things we say to our kids, but she then turns them into messages from the Lord.
As I have been reading the chapters in this book like, “It’s Time to get up” or “Life isn’t fair!” or “Its not about you” – and hearing what Rachel is reminding us about each of these messages, I have started thinking like this all the time. For example, when disciplining my boy for his attitude, I keep asking myself what is my attitude like? What am I reflecting?
So this book is a great tool to remind us that while we are constantly parenting our children, God is constantly parenting us too. This book kept me focused on why we do what we do, and that this is a process that will never really end, it just morphs into something different as they get older, move out and start their own family. We are still parenting even then, just different. Instead of wondering what it is I am saying, I plan to list out the top ten truths I want them to remember and tape that to my mirror so I can read them all the time and remember what I need to say to them amidst all the daily life reminders.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I recommend it for any mom that wants to rethink her words and their impact.
To read what others are saying about this great book, go HERE.
more about How Many Times…
You’ve probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to
what you’re saying? In fact, your heavenly Father wants to tell you many
of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when
you’re raising children—she has seven! But this lovely devotional book
will help you to hear God’s still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools,
cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn how to recognize God’s
instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.
more about Rachel
About the author:
Rachael Carmanis an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart’s desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.
NOTE : I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.