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The Christian Mama's Guide by Erin MacPherson
June 15, 2013
Erin MacPherson delivers again with the last book in her series "The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Sending Your Kid off into the Big Wide World." This is written as a guidebook for parents who are sending their children off to school for the first time. In the book MacPherson covers topics such as: how to choose the right school for your child, how to help your child develop key attributes for success in school, advice from a principal, advice for when you need to have difficult conversations, and recommendations for helping your child find a genuine faith and develop their relationship with God. Essentially, it is a Christian mother writing about her experiences and offering advice to other mothers who are going through this time of transition.
This book was such an enjoyable read. It offers real advice and spiritual insight, but also is interactive and the author shares many amusing anecdotes about her own family. I found it to be very helpful and challenging. MacPherson provides biblical truth and offers much encouragment to a young Christian mom. I enjoyed how relatable her stories were and the humor she brought to the book. It is a wonderful resource and I would recommend it to all Christian mothers who desire to equip their children for this next stage in life.
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Erin MacPherson covers a lot of information in this book. She bases what she writes on "The Fifteen Factors". These factors are characteristics that her mother, an experienced school Principal, has found in children who thrive academically, socially, and spiritually. These characteristics are things such as Genuine faith, Wise decision making, and Work ethic.
Reading The Christian Mama's Guide To The Grade School Years is like sitting and talking with a friend. Erin MacPherson tells about her and her children's failings and overcomings in an entertaining way.
My favorite aspect of this book is that it's from a Christ-centered perspective. Erin MacPherson explains that children following Christ on their own is more important than any success achieved at school. My youngest child is almost done with grade school but I enjoyed reading this book. The Fifteen Factors are not just for children starting school, they can be applied to anyone who wants to follow God, which begins with a faith that is personal and real. The Christian Mama's Guide To The Grade School Years will inspire you to have a Genuine faith, whether it's for the first time or to grow it even stronger.
Erin Macpherson is a 34 year old Mother of 3 who is a blogger, book writer and public speaker. On Erin's website she says of herself, " _if we're being honest, I'm not really qualified to guide anyone on anything."
Erin has written a series of books called "The Christian Moma's Guide." My wife and I just read her book on parenting a child starting the grade-school years. Our young son just graduated from preschool and will be starting the great big world of Kindergarten so her book was right where we were at. But if your children are a little younger, or perhaps you're still pregnant with your first, Erin has three other books that could be for you.
The Christian Mama's Guide to the First School Years: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Sending Your Kid Off into the Big Wide World is a super long title, but a very quick read. And to just piggy back off of what Erin says at the top - this book is less of a self-help "guide" and more of an auto biographical account filled with Erin's stories.
This book covers everything from picking the right school to dealing with teachers to teaching your kids about being kind to others and being courageous in the face of uncertainty.
Admittedly from the cover, the books look like they will be lighthearted and fun (and they are) but Erin is not stingy on the Biblical application. Much of Erin's book incorporates how you, as the parent, can continue to foster your child's faith. In fact, Erin spends a good portion talking about what it would mean to cast a "vision" for your family. Think of your family vision like a path or a road, all roads have a destination and we all need to choose the road based on where we want to go. Visions (like roads) are intentional and we as parents should be choosing those roads, not accidentally landing on them.
If you are looking for a light and fun read filled with humor and a devotional-like flair, these books are right up your alley.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing a free review copy for a fair and honest review.
I enjoyed this book! There are a number of helpful tips on parenting my child to have a genuine faith as he enters the "big wide world". The "15 factors" is especially helpful. Great idea to include the perspectives from a professional and seasoned educator alongside with Erin's "real world parenting stories and insights". That was smart!
As mothers who've experienced sending their children off to school, we all know how taxing this milestone can be. Most of us become fraught with worry (and get downright emotional) as we struggle with the idea of having to let go, and face the fact that our babies are indeed growing up.
But as Erin MacPherson so eloquently discusses throughout her book, "The Christian Mama's Guide to the First School Years," these are the moments where moms like us can place our trust in God and His plans for our children's future. This is the time where we can step out in our faith, and send our struggles straight up to Him. And as a mom who definitely understands what battling those "back-to-school blues" are all about, MacPherson equips each of her readers with loads of practical advice, invaluable information, beautifully scripted (not to mention, reassuring) words of faith, and plenty of comic relief to go around. So, if you've got kiddos headed off to school soon (or even if they've begun their elementary days already), be sure to arm yourself with this book.
You'll be so glad you did.
-Jenny Lee Sulpizio, Author of "Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe."