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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.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: New Leaf Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)|
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Kim5 Stars Out Of 5Highly RecommendJune 3, 2016KimQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When 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
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
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
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.
Lea Ann Garfias5 Stars Out Of 5Real help, real hopeJune 1, 2016Lea Ann GarfiasQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
mamacurlsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Helpful tool for parents who want to show love even in frustrating situationsMarch 25, 2016mamacurlsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We 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.
MelissaNorth CarolinaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent parenting book!!!March 22, 2016MelissaNorth CarolinaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Pitchin' A Fit Overcoming Angry and Stressed Out ParentingMarch 21, 2016MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5They 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
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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