Against the Grain: Raising Christ-Focused Children from A to Z
This book encompasses so much of what I like in a parenting book: concisely written, broadly scoped, principle-focused, applicable for children of any age and application. Each of the 26 chapters starts with a letter of the alphabet (serving as a mnemonic) and focuses on specific key principles. Each chapter highlights a key verse, then includes a few pages of reading, and finally an Alphabet Soup section providing activities to do personally as a parent, with your children or to ponder. I appreciate this Biblically based, yet non-prescriptive approach. Rather than saying "do this action and you'll get this response," the author discusses principles for important topics such as affirmation, Bible, cultivate, gratefulness, media, value, etc. The author shares her experience of applying these principles as a parent of 5 and as a counselor and behavioral psychologist. 147 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth
Each letter of the alphabet delineates every chapter. The book can be read from A to Z, or in any given order depending upon the life stage you're in with your child. Each chapter starts with Scripture, then explores principles and concepts related to that specific letter of the alphabet. Dr. White concludes each chapter with practical and encouraging applications that she calls Alphabet Soup.