Give Your Child the World Giveaway Book Winner

give-your-child-the-world-image_2Earlier this month, I posted my review of Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin.  When I posted the article, I offered a free giveaway to anyone who subscribed and/or shared. 

The winner of a free copy of Give Your Child the World is Michelle Gill! I will be in touch.

Thank you to all who entered the drawing. Stay tuned to Red Chair Moments in October. The next book to review and giveaway arrived this week and I am eager to share it with you.

Abundant blessings to you!

~April

Give Your Child The World: Book Review & Giveaway

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By April Dawn White

As a mother of two middle school children, I am excited to set sail on a new adventure beyond our normal routine of school and sports/music practice. Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time is a treasure trove of books. Author Jamie C. Martin, inspired by her Dad’s sense of adventure and her Mom’s interest in books, embarks the reader on an international journey from your home or local library.

As a wife Martin’s interest in raising globally minded kids continued as family members were added beyond international boarders. Jamie and her husband Steve (from England) have three children; one biological and two adopted from different countries. Their family of five represents four nationalities. Martin describes her family as a “Mini-United Nations.” Martin’s love for people, cultures, children, and reading is what prompted her to write this brilliant book.

Martin compares a multi-cultural reading list like a well-spread buffet. @jamie_cmartin Click To Tweet “Where hungry diners browse the offerings and take what looks appetizing” (page 45). In the chapter The Joy of Other Lands, Martin details how the recommended books are categorized and chosen. The subsequent chapters of the book represent different continents or geographical areas of the world. She also included a general multicultural chapter of books without a specific location but convey a global theme. The reading lists are organized by age range; 4-6 years, 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12.give-your-child-the-world-image_2

 

 

Martin carefully selected “Books that convey the culture in which they take place with both inspiration and depth.” Only, “Titles that have lasting power–meaning they have been around long enough to prove themselves on the market” were chosen (page 47). By relying on professional reviews such as Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist, her book selection has merit in the publishing and education system.

 

Chapters five through twelve set sail through the Pacific waters of Australia and Polar Regions, voyage to Latin America, weave dreams in Asia, dance for rain in Africa, star gaze in Europe, sway to the silent music of the Middle East, and hitch our wagons across the prairies of North America. The four indexes in Give Your Child the World, provide a detailed cross-reference for an Author index, Country/Region index, Historical index, and Title index.

Give Your Child the World is a treasure trove of recommended multi-cultural reading, sure to whet your appetite for international travel. Jamie C. Martin skillfully designed, Give Your Child the World, as a unique resource for parents, homeschooling families, and teachers to raise a world-changer one book at a time.

Giveaway Details Below!

Drawing for a Free Book by Jamie C. Martin

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My Top 5 Christian Parenting Books

My bookcase is full of books I’ve read on parenting. With each new book, I not only came away with a fuller understanding of how to parent these kids who eat all the cereal in one day blessings from above, but also a deeper understanding of myself.Hands-by-Dami-Wurtz-Pixabay

Currently my children are eleven and thirteen. I’m sure my list of favorite books will change as the kids age, but for now here are my top five parenting books.

My top five parenting books:

  1. Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman
  2. Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson
  3. Best Friends and Mean Girls by Dannah Gresh
  4. You Can’t Make Me, (But I Can be Persuaded) by Cynthia Tobias
  5. Middle School: The Inside Story by Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuna
  6. The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian*

I cheated an added The Power of a Praying Parent to this list. Storie Omartian’s book is a timeless read for any parent regardless of the child’s age.

 

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Let’s keep this list growing. What is your favorite parenting book? Please share below.

~April Dawn White

*Images courtesy of author. © 2016 April Dawn White, All rights reserved

There’s No Crying in Softball

Me and Rachel softball 2016 CROPPED“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:19, NIV)

I pull on my favorite JMU sweatshirt, elbowing the tiny faucets at the corners of my eyes. Tears trickle down my face.  Eager to pitch, Rachel pounds her fist in her mitt.  Wearing a determined game face, she appears older than ten and a half.

Rachel tosses a glove in my direction. This is my glove, the one I’ve owned since I was a teen. I stare at soft leather glove as if it is a foreign object.  Slipping it onto my left hand I examine the look. Rachel counts out thirty paces and asks, “Are you sure you can do this Mom?”

“Let’s give it a try.” I respond.

I stand amazed at what is about to take place. I lift my eyes to the sky and say a prayer of thanks. I’m about to play catch with my daughter, a feat I’ve lacked strength for over four months.  The faucets creek more and I turn so she doesn’t see the tears.

Every pitcher needs a catcher so I squat down, just a little. Rachel winds up and releases the ball.

“Steeeriiiike!” I yell out.home plate CROPPED

A slow grin spreads across her face and mine too.  She throws a few more over our chalk drawn plate. The faucets are creek more and I am weeping in my middle of our street. I weep for lost moments with my children. I weep because I didn’t think I’d be able to do this again.

I weep because this feels like an old self activity and I thought that old self had vanished.

Rachel understands my concern. “Mom, are you okay?”

I nod, “I’m fine, I’m fine” running the arm of my sweatshirt across my face.

20150520_175828-1In her best Tom Hanks impression from the movie “A League of Their Own” Rachel playfully jabs, “There’s no crying in softball!”

I release a full body belly laugh. This too feels like an old self activity.

Rachel continues to throw strikes and balls across our imaginary plate. With the strength given by God and new medication, I am able to pick the ball up and throw it back.

Even in these times of uncertainty. I take joy in finding God’s goodness in the land of the living. I will soak up every good day I have because “It is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

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Bus Stop of Blessings

Written by April Dawn White
Is it just me, or do you ever have feelings of inadequacy?
It was one of those blah days. I had no reason to possess this temporary humdrum emotional state. Yet, I could not shake feelings of inadequacy in every aspect of my life: writing, marriage, parenting, career, and friendships.
“Lord, change my perspective. Bless my perspective. Amen.”
I prayed those words as I drove to my parents’ house. Meeting the school bus head on, I slowed to a stop a few feet from my parent’s driveway. Bouncing off the bus and waving enthusiastically, six-year-old Ethan yelled, “Hi, Mrs. White!”
Two more balls of energy jumped off the bus, waving and hollering “Hi!” This brother duo was hard to miss in their neon yellow shirts.  It wasn’t until Finn and Ramsey turned to hug their dad that I recognized the writing on the back of the shirts:
Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for other believers in your speech, behavior, love, faithfulness, and purity. ” (1 Timothy 4:12, ISV)
Tears spilled down my cheeks as the full weight of what I had just witnessed crossed before me.
This past summer, Andrew and Rachel hosted backyard Bible Club every Wednesday. This K2K Club was complete with lesson, games, crafts, and snack. This was completely kid run. The theme for K2K Club was “Little kids learning about a big God.” Between seven and nine kids attended each week.  God abundantly blessed K2K as Andrew and Rachel led three boys, Ethan, Finn, and Ramsey to the Lord.
On the last day of K2K, Andrew and Rachel surprised the kids with neon T-shirts they helped to design. 
On this particular day, I prayed for God to change and bless my perspective. As the three young boys, Andrew and Rachel led to the Lord bounced off the bus, I realized the answer to my prayer, crossed in front of my car. 
 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
(Hebrews 10:35-36, NIV)
Within a matter of seconds, those feelings of inadequacy vanished. I had a front row seat to God’s abundant blessings.
What front row blessing have you recently received?
~April Dawn White

 

 

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The Voice of the Enemy: A Lesson from Age of Ultron

The Marvel Comic movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron introduces twin characters with superpowers as a result of scientific experimentation by Wolgang Von Strucker. This sibling duo is simply referred to as, “the twins”. They possess unique ability with lightning speed and the ability to manipulate reality, respectively.
The ability for the sister twin to manipulate minds almost destroys the Avengers. With a wave of her creepy hand, she introduces lies, fear, doubt, and deception into mind of each Avenger. Like ticker-tape reeling in their minds, the Avengers are unable to separate reality from their imagination. The mighty Avengers nearly destroy themselves in an effort to battle the deceptive thoughts in their heads.
Although we are not Marvel warriors with supernatural powers, we too can nearly be defeated by the voice of the Enemy. The Enemy will use lies, fear, intimidation, doubt, and deception to prevent us from reaching our greater purpose.
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast in the field.” (Genesis 3:1, KJV).
The Enemy is sly and subtle. He will tell us what is true, but he never tells the truth. For example, perhaps you didn’t get the promotion you were hoping.  The voice of the Enemy will try to fill your mind with lies and fear by saying “You didn’t get the job because you are a loser. No one will ever hire you.” Is it true that you did not get the promotion? Yes.  Is it true that you are an un-hirable loser? No.  What is true is that God has something better planned for you.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)
When the voice of the Enemy tries to mess with my mind, I fight back with Scripture. “So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7, NET). How do you fight back?
  
*Images courtesy of Pixabay.com
 
~April Dawn White
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