Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Love Dare for Parents {Book Review & Giveaway!}

This is the first time I've had 3 book giveaways going at the same time!  My hope is you will be enter and win at least one. It just so happened to be the month of summer reading. :)

If you saw my Facebook Posts, you definitely realized how impacting The Love Dare for Parents was in my life. It is a 40-Day Challenge, to journal and grow as a parent- yet I am taking it VERY slow. I am practically doing about one every three days because the spirit of God teaching me invaluable lessons. I read, journal and re-read to my husband. I honestly see it more of an inspiring devotional.

Each day covers a "Love Dare" with a scripture, exhortation/encouragement and journaling section. This book can be used if you have one child or ten. It can be used whether you have a newborn (why not prepare ahead!) or adult children. It is never to late to invest in our children. Honestly I wish I was reading this 10 years ago.

Sean and I will be purchasing The Love Dare (for marriages) very soon. We both realized if the parenting book is this good, we can't go wrong with investing into our marriage too!

Here was one of my facebook posts:

Realizing how selfish I can be as a parent.. God show me how to give, like He has given to me. They are only in my care for a short time. Sacrificial love. "Love does not seek its own" 1 Cor 13. "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves" Phil 2:3

I want to live life FULLY with them. Yes, I need breaks and moments to breathe, but no "Me" time will take away all stresses of my day. Only Jesus can. By the peace HE gives.

Part of Love Dare for parents day 6-
"God strategically uses our children to help us become less self centered, less self absorbed, and more loving like Him..
"We must remember that selfishness and love are in constant opposition to one another. You can't be acting out of real love and selfishness at the same time. Selfishness causes us to put our own hobbies, entertainment and comfort above the needs of our children. It leads many parents to refuse to have more children because they don't want anything to stretch them further beyond themselves.
Choosing to love your children will cause you to say "no" to what you want so you can say "yes" to what they need. It doesn't mean you cannot enjoy personal fulfillment but don't negate their welfare and needs just so you can enjoy your own."

About: The Love Dare for Parents - Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick
From the authors of international best-selling marriage book The Love Dare comes The Love Dare for Parents, a 40-day journey of “dares” challenging one or both parents to understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children. Easy to read and work into a busy schedule, The Love Dare for Parents is designed to “turn the hearts of parents to their children and turn the hearts of children to their parents” (Malachi 4:6) so that moms and dads can more fully enjoy and delight in their children while maximizing the positive impact they have on their lives long term.
Each day brings a promising key verse from Scripture, a biblical principle about love that applies to parenting, a specific challenge the parent does for the sake of their child, and space to journal thoughts and reflect on what happened that day.

The Love Dare for Parents can also be purchased on Amazon. Softcover, Kindle, Leather Bound or Mp3 audio.

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