Book give-away (And our personal review of our latest book from Deseret Book)

How to win a free book: For nearly 30 years we have wanted to write a book on spiritual solutions for families and for parenting. Now it is finally out, and you can enter to win a copy simply by sending a comment on any of our posts. Deseret Book has agreed to a weekly give-away of free copies of this book. All you do is click the comment button on this blog and make any kind of comment. At the end of each week, we will do a random drawing and give away books. You will have two chances to win every week you send in a comment (and your comment can be either on our latest post on this blog or on any blog post, on the book, or on whatever you want — in fact, you can even just say “hello.” Everyone who comments goes into the drawing.)

Now, let us give you a personal “insiders” review of this new book:

If all a parent wants is a book full of parenting methods or techniques, there are plenty of them out there. But so many of us want something deeper, something that relates to who our children were and are and can become spiritually.

Temporary solutions or quick fixes don’t work very well in parenting, but eternal solutions — things that are based on principles and on faith — that kind of solution lasts and becomes part of the true legacy of our families

What is a Spiritual Solution?

We call them Spiritual Solutions, but what they really are is remembering that:
1.Our kids come as who they are, and each one is unique, and we are better off discovering who they really are than trying to change them into something else.
2.God has set the ultimate example for how to parent, and His example includes giving choices and agency.
3.Prayer from an earthly parent to a Heavenly Parent is a direct and powerful kind of prayer.
4.All parents need a back-up system—some bigger institution that supports and reinforces the values that we try to teach our kids. The best back up is usually a Church.

It is principles and “big-picture” things like this that we have written about in this book, and we are finding that thinking long and hard about them is what causes parents to know what to do on the little things that come along every day.

For example, when kids are struggling with self-worth, or with peer pressure or with bullying, wouldn’t the best thing be to teach them that they are bigger than that, that they came from another place, a more spiritual place and that, along with the hard times that come here on earth, there will be so many good times and so much happiness and that your love for them is constant and unconditional?

Or when you are worried about bad choices kids are making, or about entitlement or laziness,
wouldn’t the most powerful thing you could do be to get help from other parents or church leaders who share your values rather than taking the lonely path of trying to cope with everything on your own?

Parenting is often a daily struggle of dozens of little problems and challenges that seem to never end. But sometimes the best thing we can do is pause for a moment and put it all in perspective. No one ever said it would be easy, but everyone who has worked hard at it says it is the greatest thing he or she has ever done.

Our fondest hope for this new book is that it will give us all the perspective and the vision we need to not only get through each difficult day of parenting, but to find the little moments of joy that are always there but are so easy to miss.

Deseret Book has agreed to a weekly give-away of free copies of this book. All you do is click the comment button on this blog and make any kind of comment. At the end of each week, we will do a random drawing and give away books. You will have two chances to win every week you send in a comment. (And your comment can be either on our latest post on this blog or on the book, or on whatever you want—in fact, you can even just say “hello.” Everyone who comments goes into the drawing.)

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