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|Title: Protocol Matters: Cultivating Social Graces in Christian Homes and Schools|
By: Sandra Boswell
Number of Pages: 231
Vendor: Canon Press
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.55 (inches)|
Weight: 15 ounces
Stock No: WW280255
Through her presentations, many have gained new understanding about etiquette and its vital importance in relationships and character training. She is the author of Protocol Matters: Cultivating Social Graces in Christian Homes and Schools.
The influences of John Robert Powers and family in California preceded her training with the Amy Vanderbilt and Image of Loveliness programs. Lively education comes in many forms and Mrs. Boswell gratefully attributes the call of Christ in her life, ensuing Biblical studies, her professional experience in design and arts, and the practical lessons learned as a wife and mother as priceless contributors to her credentials.
Mrs. Boswell teaches that everyone, at any age, can learn to nurture respectful relationships. While some teach manners for its own sake, Mrs. Boswell reaches deeper to show how right training cultivates better behavior and results in conduct according to scriptural principles. Good manners, like planted seeds, reach towards the light and produce good results. Because grace, order, charity, and self control form the foundational basis in much of Americas best etiquette, those qualities appear in individuals who make every effort to do what leads to peace and things that edify. She advocates the preservation of polite behavior from a Christian prospective in order to provide tools that help others walk worthy of their calling in Christ. This is good news for a generation seeking a return to virtue and integrity.
Most recently she established the Fine Arts and Protocol program at The River Academy in the Pacific Northwest where she currently resides with her husband of forty-six years. She and her husband have three sons and three grandchildren.
The author begins "Part I: The Meaning and Purpose of Protocol Training" by distinguishing among the terms: protocol, etiquette, manners, polite, courteous, decorum, and social arts. All of these are intertwined but each is distinctive, with protocol defined as a "broad term for 'preferred, correct codes of conduct' in general, but it can also specifically refer to the official procedural rules of conduct in state or diplomatic contexts" (p. 3). She provides a general overview of training, explaining that specifics will be given in other chapters.
"Part II: Teaching Protocol to Children" has two parts: one concerning the home (respectful speech, thank-you letters, parties, table manners, dining out) and the other with establishing a school program (building a successful program with the right key people).
"Part III: Protocol Training Topics" includes table manners, social navigational skills, the right moves, and one's appearance in public. Included here one finds proper conversational skills, how to act when dining out and at the theater, ballet and concerts, as well as the proper grooming skills for these occasions.
In "Part IV: Four Contemporary Essays on Protocol," Boswell introduces the reader to guest authors Ronald W. Kirk ("Manners"), Tom Garfield ("Boy Meets Girl"), Douglas Wilson (Manners for Boys"), and Wendy Shalit ("Modesty Revisited"). These authors also corroborate the Christian worldview of protocol that Sandra Boswell presents so well throughout this book.
There is also a wonderful appendix that was adapted from a list by Greg Harris called 'The 21 Rules of This House,' providing helpful guidelines that Christian parents should expect from and instill in their children.
It seems that even President Bush had to do a brush up on protocol when the Queen of England visited for his first white tie dinner with her. So also should parents prepare their children ahead of time for any occasion. More importantly, it is imperative that our homes and families reflect the godliness that our Lord and Savior requires, since we are to be the Gospel in action to those who are not saved.
Sandra Boswell provides a wonderful training in the proper conduct of children as well as adults. This is a must have for every Christian home. Sharon I. Rideout, Christian Book Previews.com
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