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Tauna5 Stars Out Of 5A meaningful and practical teaching tool the whole family loves!October 23, 2016TaunaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Character in Action: Taking the Next Steps is a perfect addition to our familys library of devotions and parenting tools. It takes all those wonderful character lessons and conversations youve been having and brings them to a new place of action. Youll find inspirational true stories along with practical ideas your family can grab a hold of.
Our kids are so familiar with the character lessons and stories from the Cousins series that it made Character in Action especially impactful for them. I do recommend buying the complete set if at all possible (although it works nicely on its own, too). Even older kids will enjoy the simple, sweet stories in the first two books! Then use Character in Action as a tool for your family.
During mealtimes, wed pull out Character in Action and the kids would listen while my husband or I read. Each topic started with a definition and scripture for the character quality being discussed. Then there was a true story about how God provided the cousins an opportunity to put that character trait into action. Finally, the Taking the Next Step section gives great ideas for kids and their families to take action for themselves!
We read through all of these things, or sometimes split them up across different mealtimes if needed, and spend some time talking about the story. We also take the time to discuss the Taking the Next Step ideas which ones might we like to try? What people or situations we are involved with would be a good fit for this kind of opportunity? We choose one or two, or come up with some ourselves, and brainstorm how we can work as a family to carry it out. Let me tell you, there are some great plans on our calendar now in the months to come!
With Character in Action, Character Concepts has once again developed a meaningful and practical parenting tool you and your kids will love! It is a blessing to follow Rick and Marilyn Boyer, and all the cousins, as we follow Jesus and love others well.
*Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Plus, I would have ended up purchasing it anyway because I love Character Concepts. ;)
fannylooMarshfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful Book!September 3, 2016fannylooMarshfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Boyer cousins are back! These adorable kids are bigger, wiser and just as sweet as ever in this new book called Character in Action.
Character in Action invites your family to "take the next step" by literally putting character into real action. Full of practical steps to take, it teaches your family various ways to reach out and become engaged with those who need our help. Real-life stories with the cousins demonstrate to children all the ways we interact with others and shows the "why" behind the importance of good character and good behavior.
Each chapter introduces a "catch phrase" and scripture, a true story, and a section entitled "Taking the Next Step" that gives your children several ideas of things that they can do to show their good character. Included at the bottom are suggested scripture stories to further your study of each character quality.
This book is great! My kids favorite story so far is of cousin Lauren and Mrs. Burks. Mrs. Burks was a little elderly lady who was a bit lonely but Lauren made a special project out of giving Mrs. Burks a hug whenever they saw each other. Such a small and simple thing brought great joy to both Mrs. Burks and Lauren. By her example both of my girls have worked on picking someone each Sunday to hug and make them feel loved and special...putting the character trait of Kindness into Action.
This book is a very welcome addition to my Character Curriculum Library!
Kathy5 Stars Out Of 5Character in Action Taking the Next Steps by Marilyn Boyer & Kelley Boyer is an awesome tool for parents and teachers.July 12, 2016KathyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this book! I have seen Boyer children grow up and start families of their own. They are men and women of integrity and are teaching their children to put character traits in action. Each chapter begins with the Character Trait with a corresponding Bible Verse and stories of "the cousins" putting what they have learned into action. In this book, each chapter ends with a list of suggestions. "Try to put yourself in the place of others. Think how would I feel if I were in their place. What could I do that would really be a help to them? Ask God to show you needs that you can meet." Compassion in Action) This sums it up in a nutshell. How many children are taught to put themselves in someones place? In a self-absorbed world, this book is refreshing and elightning. I highly recommend this book for parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who works with children. I see there are things I can also do for others!
Elaine5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent BookJuly 11, 2016ElaineQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Character In Action is another excellent book by Marilyn and daughter, Kelley Boyer. It is a timely, clear and encouraging instructional book for parents as they strive to raise their children with Godly character qualities. It is a fun read for the young people as they see how to build these character qualities, in action, through the lives of the Boyer cousins. My children are grown but I wish that I had such a clear and understandable guide for instilling character at my fingertips while raising my family. I would highly recommend this book to all ages.. grandparents, parents and children.
EESDAVIS5 Stars Out Of 5A true gem!June 28, 2016EESDAVISQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is wonderful. I'd recommend it for anyone hoping to teach their kids to have sensitive hearts to the world around them and learn practical ways to help others. Each chapter begins with a definition and a scripture verse. This is handy for memorization and is also a great for introducing and reinforcing the concept. The second section tells a real-life story from the cousins about a time when they put that concept into action. The dialogue and pictures are engaging and captivating, for even very young children. The recommended age is 6-12 but even my 2-year-old enjoyed these story sections of the chapters. (I chose to censor a few sections about war, due to the ages of my children.) The third section outlines some inspiring, practical suggestions for implementing the concept in your own family. The end of each chapter references an index in the back where the reader can look to find scriptural examples of the character concept in action.
The fact that this series uses a different translation than the one our family uses has not been a problem. If Im asking my kids to memorize the verse, I simply keep a Bible on hand to look it up in the NIV. But if were speaking topically I just read the KJV translation provided.
Character is the cornerstone of a good education. The stories are rich and heartwarming, and really help my children to develop a clearer picture of what is really means to love God and their neighbors. Along with the other two Learning Character with the Cousins series, I am certain this book will be a favorite in our homeschool curriculum for years to come.
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