Over the last year I have really wanted to be intentional about teaching our children character qualities. I wanted to creatively help them realize what good character is, and learn to consciously strive for it. I looked for a book that would help me teach them specific character qualities with definitions. This is when I came across John and Susan Alexander Yates book.
It is character that will sustain a child, an adult, a family. As parents we want to raise confident children with a sense of destiny--kids who know who they are and where they are going. We want this for ourselves as well. Character isn't' something we get and then pass on to our children. All of our lives we, too, are growing; we never finish.
Developing a character that stands firm is not something that will happen automatically. Good character development is not a hit-or-miss process. We need goals for character development, and we need practical ways of achieving these goals.
Our job as parents is to equip our children for life. Training in character development is the heart and soul of this task. A Christian home is not a perfect home. Instead, it is a place where parents and children are growing. ~SUSAN YATES
Raising Kids With Character That Last took me over 3 months to complete. Reading a book the first few months of having a new baby isn't easy, but I'm glad that I took it slow because their book is so full of thought provoking and soul searching chapters. The book wasn't what I hoped it would be when I decided to read it, it doesn't have fun object lessons to help teach character, it doesn't even have a chart of character qualities with definitions. This book went so far beyond that level of teaching children character and took me right to the point that matters, me. I am so glad that this book wasn't what I was wanting it to be, it went deeper than that.
Children learn what they see modeled day in and day out. If you had asked me if I had great character before I read this book, I would have assuredly said yes. I felt pretty confident in my character and would have rated myself highly. As I read each chapter, I was convicted and my eyes where opened to my lack of character and even sin.
And if on conclusion, one can find no faults on one's own side, then cry for mercy; for this must be a most dangerous delusion. ~C.S. LEWISJohn and Susan focus on eight character traits; integrity, a teachable spirit, self-discipline, compassion, a servant's heart, courage, faith and joy. I was so impressed with each chapter and challenged to grow in each area. This book is definitely in my favorites, high up. It's the best read I've come across in a long time.
I loved it so much that I am going to give a copy away, just because I want to and think it's that great. In my opinion, you don't even have to be a parent to read and glean from this book. If you are a parent then you definitely need to read it. It's a keeper.
All you have to do is leave me a comment and I will randomly select a winner on Monday. Make sure to leave an email so I can contact you if you win. If you don't win, this is the not only a really worthwhile book, it's also a very affordable book, only $6!!! I can think of very few better ways to get your money's worth out of $6. I'm not getting paid anything to advertise this book, I really just believe in it and want to share it with you all. I'm not parting with my own copy, besides I've highlighted and marked it up to reference in the future. So leave me a comment and pass on the giveaway if you like!