Olivia Bruner shares personal stories to illustrate how you can choose happiness when family life gets hectic and exhausting. She steers you through relieving anxiety, enduring embarrassing moments, teaching good financial habits, and redeeming painful times in your kids' lives in order to build a healthy, joyful home.
THE MINIVAN YEARS gives moms inspiration and practical advice for infusing meaning and joy into their busy days.
Olivia Bruner is a guest writer and speaker for Focus on the Family and is on the faculty of The Center for Strong Families. She is the proud mother of a daughter and three sons.
Bruner looks back on her younger life driving a VW Bug, wearing stylish clothes and teaching elementary school with fondness. Like many women, she gladly reprioritized her life to become what she called the ultimate stay-at-home soccer mom. She tells anecdotes about the mishaps as well as the victories of raising three sons and a daughter, offering advice to parents who may be dealing with similar situations. Though occasionally cute, it generally lacks the humor that might have made the book interesting. For example, a story about leaving her 10-year-old to babysit a bathing toddler (resulting in a naked, wet toddler knocking on the neighbor's door looking for her mommy) could have been presented in a comical light, but Bruner goes for the lesson I learned tract. The author is not a psychologist or sociologist, just a mother who finds strength and solace in her religion. She believes in passing on her Christian values through playing with her children, spending quality family time and making real-life comparisons to stories in the Bible whenever the opportunity presents itself. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.