This book inspires. It teaches. It’s honest. It’s personal and heartfelt. And it’s even sort of literary. By that I mean the author draws on literatur...moreThis book inspires. It teaches. It’s honest. It’s personal and heartfelt. And it’s even sort of literary. By that I mean the author draws on literature, classic movies, history, art, and travel, along with her experiences in over thirty-five years of marriage. Her approach feels different in tone and content from any other marriage book I’ve read, and I try to read one every year to refresh my motivation for improving and developing my own relationship. Written by a woman for other women, reading this book feels like being mentored by an older, wiser friend in the art of being a wife. I had to stop and think a lot about how the principles she teaches apply to myself as I read. There are parts that were unsettling for me. But I know I will reread and continue to ponder her words. This book a great gift to the world, Ramona Zabriskie! (less)
I feel this author's love for the Savior and for other people on every page of his book. The insights he presents are meaningful as well as memorable....moreI feel this author's love for the Savior and for other people on every page of his book. The insights he presents are meaningful as well as memorable. His story-telling is engaging and illustrative. The tone of the writing is personal, encouraging, and hopeful. But Wilcox’s greatest gift as a writer is metaphor, not only in creating apt ones (I love the piano lesson metaphor) but also in upending the standard ones we may have accepted without too much question. Wilcox has a way of turning metaphors around in our minds so that we can examine them from new angels and see their limitations and implications.
I read a little of this book with my scripture study for a month or so and it was a beautiful way to start my day. This is a book I will read again. (less)
Is your child a fun-loving child, a sensitive child, a determined child, or a more serious child? The premise of this book is that understanding your...moreIs your child a fun-loving child, a sensitive child, a determined child, or a more serious child? The premise of this book is that understanding your child’s nature will empower you to parent him more effectively and thereby avoid the need for excessive discipline. When you know what makes your child tick you can play into her strengths and work around her weaknesses.
This book is unique as a profiling system in that it deals with energy rather than personality. A child comes to this earth expressing an energy—you can see it in their faces, in their movements, and in their interactions. I do not like to put a child in a box with a label, but I do like understanding him better, and this book is quite helpful in that regard. We all know that what works with one child might not work with another. This books tells why.
Two of my children are easy to identify in the book; the other two are trickier to pinpoint, but I see bits and pieces of them in different chapters and gained insight into their motivations and perceptions. The book also helped me think about myself as a child and how my own energy influences my parenting style.
What I like most about this book is Carol Tuttle’s affirming voice. I just finished reading two other parenting books that were more dogmatic, as if there were only one right way to bring up children. I gleaned important ideas from these books, but the overall attitude did not sit well with me, so The Child Whisperer was refreshing.
I’ve come to the point in my reading and mothering where I will only read parenting books written by moms. I do not care to hear from people with degrees or clinical experience. I want advice from the homefront. And Carol Tuttle delivers. She has raised five children and has several grandchildren. When I read her book, I feel like I am sitting down with a woman of understanding and insight who is willing to share her hard-won wisdom with me. There is a sense of allowing, appreciating, and honoring in her words. A sense of openness. Each child is different. Each parent is different. And working with those differences can be a delight.
I do wish the book had a different title. My seventeen-year-old son saw the title and said, “We’re not dogs, Moms!” (less)
This is a quick, romantic read. It is one of those Pride and Prejudice imitations, minus the depth and irony. I can’t think of much to say about this...moreThis is a quick, romantic read. It is one of those Pride and Prejudice imitations, minus the depth and irony. I can’t think of much to say about this novel because it is not particularly thought-provoking, but it is enjoyable in a fluffy way. I liked the characters well enough, although the main character's age seemed off. I really appreciated that it was romantic but clean. The male character was pure female fantasy. The plot had some surprises, but was mostly predictable in the satisfying way romance novels always are. I recommend it as a delightful escape into a by-gone world of letter writing, horse-back rides, and long conversations in drawing rooms. I like to go to that world sometimes. (less)
I like this book. The writing was not exceptional. The ideas were not startling or new. But the author herself is inspiring. I am amazed at her level...moreI like this book. The writing was not exceptional. The ideas were not startling or new. But the author herself is inspiring. I am amazed at her level of service and involvement in her community. I am impressed by her life-long quest for self-improvement and mastery over her weaknesses, such as her debilitating fears. I am tickled by her quirky sense of humor. I want to be more like Merrilee Boyack.
This book inspired me to think about what I could be perfectly obedient in for one year and thus make a good habit. I reminded me of the powerful “act as if” principle. It caused me to think about my fears and analyze how I could overcome them. It gave me concrete strategies for dealing with worries, such as letting go or saying “oh well,” “no biggie,” or “hang loose.” It taught me a question to ask my children and myself when we are tempted to judge: “I wonder what their story is?” I’m glad I read this book. I read a little each day, after I read my scriptures, and it was just what I needed at this moment in my life. I think I will read it again and refer to it as needed, and that is certainly one test of a good book. (less)