Monday, May 30, 2011

You Can Raise Courageous & Confident Kids by Mary E. DeMuth

Book Description:  With sensitivity and a passion to help families experience authentic, life–changing relationships with God, mother of three Mary DeMuth reveals effective ways for parents to communicate with and encourage their kids. Practical ideas and illustrations guide parents to develop strong family connections, learn along with their children, and create a safe haven for kids to explore their worlds.
With a mentor’s skill, DeMuth shares effective ways to raise confident kids and leads parents to:
  • communicate the gospel effectively to their children in a way they will understand
  • equip their children (and themselves!) to relate successfully with others and avoid isolating themselves from those who need Christ
  • lead their families even when they don’t have all the answers
This unique resource offers everyday moms and dads the tools and encouragement they need to inspire great confidence and deep faith in their kids for all they’ll encounter in the world today.

My Review:  As  a parent I know that I "do" many things correctly and "do" many things incorrectly when it comes to raising my children.  So, when a great book comes out that will encourage me and teach me as a parent I grab it and read it!
You Can Raise Courageous & Confident Kids by Mary DeMuth is a book that all parents will want to read.  Mary gently but thoroughly takes us chapter by chapter through areas that may call for  tough parenting but the end purpose is raising courageous and confident kids.  Also, I sensed that Mary must be a parent herself since the encouragement and advice "sounds like"  a seasoned parent....a parent who has been there and done that AND is passing on the learning to other parents.
Chapter 6 on page 59 spoke to me. This chapter is entitled "Conversation."  There is a quote beneath the title and the quote by Marjorie Thompson states, "The Jewish family has been characterized as a 'table spirituality' in which the central feasts and holy days are celebrated around the altar of the family table."  Mary talks of the family dinner table where children are encouraged to share happenings from the day.  Her family plays a game called "high-low."  This where the children share the high from their day and the low.  By eating together the family bonds and the children learn.  A most.excellent chapter!
Actually this is one of those 5 star books that needs to be in every parents home library and passed on to new parents.  I will be giving this book as a baby shower gift. 
** This book would also make a great-tastic small group study book.  Included, as a resource guide at the back of the book are "Notes" and "Questions for Discussion." 
*This book was provided for review by the author and 
Harvest House Publishers*
About the Author:

I'm a freelance writer and novelist living in Texas with my husband of nineteen years and my three wonderful children.
I have been writing since 1992, first as a newsletter editor, then as a freelance writer, followed by a fiction and nonfiction author. My articles have appeared in Marriage Partnership, In Touch, HomeLife, Discipleship Journal, Pray!, Bon Appetit, Kindred Spirit, The Writer, and Writer's Digest. For two years I penned a lifestyle column for Star Community Newspapers in Dallas (circulation 100,000). My books include Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005), Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006), Watching the Tree Limbs, Wishing on Dandelions (NavPress, both novels releasing in 2006), Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House, 2006), Daisy Chain, A Slow Burn (Zondervan 2009), Life in Defiance (Zondervan 2010), Thin Places: A Memoir (Zondervan 2010), 150 Quick Questions to Get Your Kids Talking (Harvest House 2011), You Can Raise Confident and Courageous Kids (Harvest House, 2001) and The Muir House (Zondervan 2011).
I'm more than my books. I love to cook, try my hand (body!) at triathlons, have a nose ring, and am passionate about singing.
I love to help people overcome a difficult past and blog about it five times a week at My facebook page is and you can follow me on twitter at

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