Pitchin' A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting  -     By: Israel Wayne, Brook Wayne
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Based on biblical principles, Pitchin' A Fit! provides practical way to defuse anger and stress that often accompanies parenting. Anger can destroy families; don't have to let it destroy yours. Written by Israel and Brook Wayne, parents of nine children, the book helps parents stop bad parenting habits and strengthen their relationship with their children.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: New Leaf Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0892217391
ISBN-13: 9780892217397

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Highly Recommend
    June 3, 2016
    Kim
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I heard that Israel and Brook Wayne were writing a book on

    overcoming angry and stressed out parenting, I thought "Great!! This is

    really needed!" However, I did not think the book would apply to me. While I

    knew I had many "issues" to work on, anger didn't really seem like one of

    them. Not to mention that my five children are all mid teens to young adults,

    and I felt this book was a better fit for parents of young children. I confess

    that there was pride involved. I am at least a decade older than Israel and

    Brook. My youngest is about the age of their oldest. So did they really have

    anything to teach me about parenting? Not to mention that, by the grace of

    God, all five of my children, though not perfect, love and serve the Lord. So,

    my thought was "I am so glad they are writing this. I hope it helps others." I

    even considered not purchasing the book.

    I was wrong!!! The book applies to my life in so many ways. While it is

    written specifically for anger, it is very adaptable and useful to any sinful

    habit. I struggle with overeating. I also struggle with pleasing people over

    pleasing God. And as I read the book, I realized, to my dismay, that I struggle

    with anger far more than I thought I did! This book was helpful, encouraging

    and convicting to me in so many ways. I would put it in on my list of "Top

    ten books (next to the Bible) that have helped me grow spiritually."

    What did I like about this book and why do I recommend it?

    1) Israel and Brook do not pretend to be perfect. In fact Israel starts the book

    by telling about one time when he blew it. Both of them are very open about

    their struggles.

    2) The Waynes explain what is true righteous anger and what is not. That

    chapter was very convicting to me, as I realized that there have been times

    when I felt I was righteously indignant, but it was actually self-serving anger.

    3) In addition to teaching parents how they can overcome their anger, there is

    a section on helping children overcome their anger. Since many children

    struggle with anger, I believe this section will be invaluable to many parents,

    even if they personally do not habitually struggle in this area.

    4) I love how they emphasize that our children will provide us with many

    opportunities to grow. Boy, do they ever!

    5) Israel and Brook offer practical insights for controlling our anger. I

    appreciated and related to much of the chapter on perfectionism, negative self

    talk, hormones, clutter, health issues and special needs children and how

    those each of these can lead us to respond to our children with sinful anger.

    6) I especially liked the "Roadmap to Freedom" which gives twelve steps to

    help us overcome habitual sin. The book talks about overcoming anger, but

    any sin can be applied to this roadmap. As I read it, I mentally inserted

    "gluttony" and "man pleasing" where it said anger and the same principles

    definitely applied.

    7) Even though, as I said, my children are older, this book was helpful to me

    in my parenting. The book is all about relationships. It was great to be

    reminded of the importance of having a relationship with our children. Anger

    does absolutely nothing to build a relationship with them. To quote the book

    directly, "A child gains nothing by a parent's explosive temper. The book

    reminded me to be gentle with my children, even when correcting them and to

    make my relationship with them a top priority.

    8) I love, love, love the chapter on what patience is and isnt. Any parent of

    young children, even the most patient parents in the world, understand that

    nothing tries our patience like our kids. Patience is an active choice. I have

    always thought of patience as a decision not to respond sinfully to something

    that bothers us. It is far more than that. The Waynes describe patience in an

    interesting, unique way. They compare patience to a door, to a fire and to a

    sword. They also remind us that patience does not mean one is a pushover or

    wimpy and that at times patience will not be pretty.

    9) Even parents who do not seem to necessarily struggle specifically with

    anger can have a critical, negative spirit. Israel and Brook address this, too,

    and the harm this can do to our children. There is a whole chapter on

    affirmation.

    10) This if by far the most important point on my list (and how I evaluate any

    book on Christian living). The Waynes point everything they write back to

    God's Word. That is where they find the solutions to the anger and stress that

    parents face. It was so refreshing to me to read a book where Scripture is the

    guide, instead of secular psychology or the latest parenting fad.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Real help, real hope
    June 1, 2016
    Lea Ann Garfias
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is real. Israel talks about the effect of negative examples in his own life and how he overcame a difficult childhood upbringing to forge a new path for his own family. Brook shares the pressures mothers face rearing and homeschooling a large family while serving in ministry and traveling frequently. If any couple understands how hard it is to control our temper with children underfoot, these two do. Yet they dont condemn; they offer support.

    Pitchin a Fit offers a fresh perspective of the anger problem, a new definition of patience, and a clear call for change. The authors give clear steps for changing our habits within our hearts and within our home. This book is a welcome help for new and mature parents and anyone wrangling children.
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Helpful tool for parents who want to show love even in frustrating situations
    March 25, 2016
    mamacurls
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We don't have chickens and our family hasn't taken a 31-day road trip, but I have no trouble relating to the events described by Israel in the introduction of "Pitchin' a Fit." Maybe it's because that van and those sweet souls have spent several nights at our house. But really, I think that any parent has had similar moments of frustration, anger and regret.

    This collaboration from Israel and his wife Brook is an excellent resource for dads and moms (or soon-to-be parent) who don't want to be that yelling, angry parent. This quick read is filled with the anecdotes, wisdom and practical advice in a conversational format that draws the reader in (and screams "mark this for later because you will need it again!") and helps parents show God's love to their children even in frustrating situations. Unlike many other parenting books, the reader isn't asked to simply take advice from the Waynes, but instead the book leads the reader back to scripture over and over again. At the end of each chapter, questions to consider will take you deeper into your journey.

    The reader will walk away equipped to identify issues that lead to anger and create a more harmonious environment for their families.
  4. North Carolina
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent parenting book!!!
    March 22, 2016
    Melissa
    North Carolina
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I cannot recommend this book enough and it is going to be the first I tell people about now when they ask for books on parenting. Their raw honesty is refreshing and it was much easier to search my own heart.
  5. Bedford,Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Pitchin' A Fit Overcoming Angry and Stressed Out Parenting
    March 21, 2016
    Madeover
    Bedford,Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    They had me at the introduction when a story is told about the family leaving on a trip and one of the 9 children is asked to feed the chickens. I thought the story was funny but if you were there as one of those parents it wouldn't have been too funny.

    The book is filled with personal stories. The authors do an excellent job of keeping the readers attention while presenting some relevant and practical information for parents. It's not just about their opinions or what works for them it's about Biblical parenting.

    In 12 short chapters the authors share how not to parent with/in anger . . .

    Stressed Out and Overwhelmed

    Is It Wrong to Get Angry?

    What Causes Anger?

    Provoking Our Children to Wrath?

    Trigger Happy What Sets You Off?

    Yelling Moms, Hollering Dads

    But Im Not Patient!

    What Patience Is and Isnt

    Nurture in the Heart of Correcting

    The Power of Affirmation

    Creating Peace in the Home

    Accountability

    From the back cover:

    Provides practical and biblical solutions to get to the other side of the issue

    Gives hope and freedom from the tyranny of stressed out and angry parenting.

    Offers solutions that are ideal for any family

    The authors also offer practical help and resources through their website , blog as well as Facebook groups. (bold words are direct links)

    For an interview with Shaun Tabatt of Cross Focused reviews click here.

    This book is a super easy read. The chapters are a little long but they are broken up with sub thoughts that make the reading really easy.

    This is a good and practical book for any parent.

    If your interested there is a reading group at Thinkingkid.org
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