Just 18 Summers
Make the most of time...
Four different yet connected families, all in different stages of life, come to terms with just how short and fast life can actually seem. With only 18 summers in which to make lifelong memories, create lasting impressions, teach necessary skills and truly make a difference, each family must complete these tasks with everyday-life getting in the way. From becoming first-time parents to watching their daughter get married, each couple must make the most of time before it slips awayÃ¢ÂÂ¦
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Usually a screenplay is derived from a book, but in this case, the novelization is done in reverse. Through humor, emotions and faith, the authors did a wonderful of making one realize just how short 18 summers can be when children are involved. Too often, everyday busyness can get in the way of living to the fullestÃ¢ÂÂ¦we tend to put things aside, work too much and take people for granted rather than play with our children, teach them the basics and take care of ourselves in the process. Just 18 Summers is definitely a story that will make you pause and ponder your life and quite possibly, make some needed changesÃ¢ÂÂ¦before those 18 summers are over.
4.5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Just 18 Summers from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review*
April 11, 2014
18 summers and more
With Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox, Tyndale House Publishing, ISBN-10: 1414386591,ISBN-13: 978-1414386591.
Gutteridge and Cox have put together an epistle that all parents, and children, should read. The story envelopes the lives of four different families at different stages in life with their children. There is Butch, who just lost his wife , Jenny, in a tragic way. Now, he is a single dad. There are the OÃ¢ÂÂReillys who are going to be parents for the first time. The Andersons are looking forward to becoming empty nesters. The Buckleys are giving the kids everything they ask for.
The writers take each family through a summer, and with the summer, lessons are learned, heartache is felt, joy is found and then it is over.
The stories are beautifully intertwined with the moral lesson Ã¢ÂÂ donÃ¢ÂÂt forget to make some memories with your children Ã¢ÂÂ you have got them for 18 summers.
As an aunt, who has never had children, the story hit home for me as I realized when my nephews and nieces hit 10 or11, they began to change, and I was not the cool aunt anymore. Now, I barely know them. I think about wasted moments, and reflected as I read each story presented in this book. What if I had? Why hadnÃ¢ÂÂt I done?
Pick up a copy of With Just 18 Summers, and read it, then share it with your child or children.
Such a good read.
March 23, 2014