Never Say No: Raising Big-Picture Kids   -     By: Mark Foreman, Jan Foreman
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David C. Cook / 2015 / Paperback

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The parents of Jon and Tim Foreman of Switchfoot offer stories and practical advice that show parents can raise children who use their unique gifts to shape their world. They instilled in their sons a belief that they could make a difference by living beyond themselves. The book starts with the importance of both parent and child finding their identity in God and then exploring practical ways to nurture creativity in a media saturated culture. Never Say No: Raising Big Picture Kids will inspire readers to raise children to live in the wonder of life by loving others well. Parents will find encouragement for their own parenting journey as they guide their kids to live out God's purpose in radical ways.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 24
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781411734
ISBN-13: 9780781411738

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Author Bio

Jan and Mark Foreman live in the San Diego area, where Mark is lead pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel. Mark is the author of Wholly Jesus, and holds advanced degrees in Theology, Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Pastoral Care. Jan is a gifted teacher, artist, and she also facilitates partnerships with underprivileged women and children both locally and in developing countries. Together they love surfing, sailing, travel and especially being with their family.

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Mark and Jan Foreman's adult sons Jon and Tim Foreman of Switchfoot have influenced their world not only by a successful music career but also through their positive impact on communities around the globe. The Foreman parents instilled in their sons a belief that they could make a difference by living beyond themselves.

This powerful book gives readers an inside look at the process. It begins with both parent and child finding their identity in God. It then explores practical ways to encourage holistic learning while cultivating specific gifts, nurturing creativity in a media saturated culture, and balancing structure with individual choice.

Never Say No inspires readers to raise children to live in the wonder of life by loving others well. Parents will find encouragement for their own parenting journey as they guide their kids to live out God's purpose in radical ways.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    July 12, 2016
    Amy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I LOVED this book, "Never Say No - Raising Big Picture Kids" by Mark & Jan Foreman (parents of Jon & Tim Foreman from Switchfoot). I know the title sounds kind of weird. Of course, you say "no" to your kids. Its more about not saying no to time with them, not squelching their dreams, not refusing to let them go when the time comes. It was SUCH a good book - balm to my worn-out parenting soul. It really helped me rediscover my girls (ages 7, 5 & 2). Also, the book is great for parents of kids in every stage of life (even young adults). I think grandparents, aunts, teachers, counselors (anyone who interacts with kids they're trying to love with God-sized love) would benefit from reading this book. I plan to read it again and again and probably again. It was really that good. I bought two extra copies to give out.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Relationship- the Big Picture.
    May 29, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5


    Earlier this Spring I had the chance to read "No More Perfect Kids" by Dr. Kathy Koch. I now think that book belongs on every parent's shelf, and I'm inclined to think that "Never Say No" should be next to it.

    This is an awesome book that's full of ideas that could change our relationships with everybody, not just our children. But if you have children, so yourself a favor and try this book. It does not set itself up to be an owner's manual, an instruction book, or a recipe. After all, we are dealing with human beings- not rifles, engines, or collie dogs.

    As the authors explain, if you want behavior modification, there are numerous ways to achieve that. Who hasn't seen shame, fear, and anger used to manipulate somebody? It "works"- on the surface. People adjust their words and actions to appease and calm the situation. Yet deep down, that unhealthy trio destroys.

    So what do we really want when dealing with people in general and when raising children in specific? We want relationship, I'd say.

    We want communication and understanding.

    That's what this book is about. It's about walking without our kids through each area of life. Together, we can share the "safe chaos" of community, we can explore God's work and His ways, we go with courage into the big world, we can let Christ shape our character, and we can train our appetites to crave the good, the better, and the best.

    Working from the infant years through childhood and up to the late teens and twenties, Mark and Jan share what they tried to do with their kids, and we find inspiration for ourselves. There are so many things to consider as you read this book, little things that you can integrate into your days. They discuss all the usual stuff- praise, boundaries, discipline, confidence, responsibility, goals, dreams- but they set each topic in the context of relationship, and that's what makes this book valuable.

    I thank Litfuse and David C Cook publishing for my review copy.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Parenting Perspective
    May 24, 2015
    Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Never Say No: Raising Big-Picture Kids - eBook.
    That's where Never Say No comes in. It's written by Mark and Jan Foreman, parents of Jon and Tim of Switchfoot. It's their story of raising kids who are creative and chasing the dream God's given them. But one of the most powerful challenges comes in the first pages of the book: Never say no, because you're kids will stop asking. One yes is so powerful. Never say no to what they think God is telling them. And never say no to playing dress-up -- um, ouch! I'm pretty good at the first, not so good at the second.

    Never Say No has challenged me to say yes more than I say no. I want kids who want to be with me, who have a deep, meaningful relationship with me. I also want my kids to believe they can do anything God has called them to do. So if saying yes to a few more things along the way will help, I'm in. After all there will be many things I will say no to: tattoos, piercings, etc. But there are so many more I can say yes to.

    If you are looking for a conversational, easy-to-read, yet challenging book that will help you in your parenting, Never Say No may be just the book for your library.
  4. upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    excellent parenting book
    May 23, 2015
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was not really sure what to expect with this book, as the title honestly caught me off guard. However, the very first page dove my into my doubts and also immediately hooked me on the book. "Never Say No" is a must-read parenting book and really taking each moment and enjoying it and enjoying your kids. This addresses picking battles and finding that right balance between limits, freedom and saying yes in order to spend time together with your children discovering their interests and building your relationship together. The section addressing imagination and how so many are losing their imaginations is so important to understand as this is such a growing concern more and more with how media saturated everyone is now. I also love the discussion of traditions as traditions have always been an important piece of my life to me and I have carried some over from my childhood and also been trying to create new ones with my children. The discussion questions at the end of the chapters are a great addition to the book as well as they really helped me to apply and reflect on how I am raising my children.

  5. TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read for every Christian parent
    May 20, 2015
    tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The authors are somewhat famous in that they are the parents of Jon and Tim Foreman of Switchfoot. They've written an inspiring book about how to raise kids in a world that is full of selfishness. The book is about how to pull your children above the petty things that pull them towards being self-centered and create a child who loves God and is compassionate and caring about the world around him. It's divided into three sections so the reader can jump in wherever they feel the need in their parenting. But it's best read from cover to cover.

    Written in a personal, down to earth style, the writers have captured the essence of what most Christian parents want for their children. I was humbled and inspired as I read. I want this for my children. The stories and examples shared gave me a jumping off point and the concepts, while to the point, also left room for individuality. This is the parenting book that I will be recommending to everyone. It's just that good.

    I received this book free of charge from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.
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