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Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  317 ratings  ·  99 reviews
There's hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what s best for children are turning the tide. Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life s challenges, draws on the stories ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published September 22nd 2014 by Plough Publishing House (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sep 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is awful for many reasons, a few of which I will list here.

1. It makes very black and white, broad generalisations about many complex topics including technology usage, video games and ADHD. Eg. It argues that ADHD is made up entirely and can be cured by nature (true only when the child has been misdiagnosed; not true when the child actually has ADHD), that video games cause crimes like shootings (when in fact research indicates that children who play violent video games actually let
Thomas Hogan
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World should be read by everyone, from young parents to the aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers and administrators and other community members to our elected officials and appointed policy makers that help raise, nurture and educate children. All are strongly encouraged to consider and discuss the many very important themes Johann Christoph Arnold’s latest book highlights with compassion, understanding and love.
For countless children over
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: early years practitioners, parents, adults, students studying childhood
Recommended to Shriya by: Zoe Hall
I absolutely adore this book I felt an instant connection when reading every chapter.
Extremely clear, consistent with beautiful quotes per opening chapter.

Highly recommend to early years practitioners, parents, adults, those studying or curious about childhood and definitely parents to be in the future.

I am a student and a trainee early years practitioner. This is sent from heaven.

Just like to add this book does not "instruct" you in anyway to treat a child differently it's full of warmth loving
Amanda Mills
Oct 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: recycle-bin
I was sent this book for free from the publisher as a part of library thing’s early reviewer program.


The good bits of his book are themes repeated throughout concerning:

*the importance of unstructured play

* the importance of hands on experience/trial and error, learning from mistakes

*the need for good adult role models

*childhood as a time that should be without the stress of overscheduling, achievement/safety obsessed parenting (say no to the tiger mom), or the stresses of an adult wor
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Johann Christoph Arnold poses some pointed questions about the hows and whys of raising children in our culture in his Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World (Plough 2014).

In Their Name is Today, Arnold, a pastor of the Bunderhof, writes with a pointed prophetic voice and a pastoral heart to challenge the way we educate and raise our children. He reviews sweeping changes in the way our society treats children. But he also highlights the stories of dedicated parents and educ
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Our Future is in the Children

Children are our most precious possessions, but in today's busy world sometimes we forget. This is a wonderful book for parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who loves children – the key word here is loves. Arnold makes the point over and over is in his chapters. Children need love and respect. They want to be seen as people. They want to love you back.

The book is filled with excellent advice about limiting screen time, trying to escape the commercialism of ou
Laura Knoerr
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable book! Pastor Arnold's words emanate wisdom and commonsense. His book reminds us of how we, each one of us, have been and continue to be responsible for the future that lies in the hands of children of today. It is an urgent call to stop and re-evaluate - right now - what we as a society are doing to our children. We all need to make changes, personally and as a society, TODAY, as the title implies. And, Pastor Arnold provides thought-provoking answers.

One of the best things
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents, Teachers, Clergy...Everyone
As an African American family, it is a wonderful experience to read and learn from Their Name is Today. Pastor Arnold has been married for nearly 50 years, has 8 children, over 40 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild and authored numerous books. I believe his experience and wisdom makes him an authority in matters concerning family and children. This book is filled with great advice for everyone. Their Name is Today teaches parents that children need stability, structure, patience and love. Rea ...more
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching, parenting
Johann Christoph Arnold's book, which was given to parents at my son's day care facility, is shamelessly unscientific in its approach, but with something that is mostly about the heart and about trusting our own instincts about how to best parent and teach anyway, I found this an interesting and overall powerful argument. Arnold's love for children, both the very young and the teenagers I work with every day, bursts off these pages. No reader will agree with everything here—for every parent who ...more
Aban (Aby)
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is so much that is really important in this book but, before I begin, I would like to address an issue with which I DON'T agree. The author feels that computers should not be part of a child's life. He believes they make us lazy, giving the example of his son producing a report on the computer within hours that would have taken him months to write, stating that his son's report lacked the element of verification or truth. If that were the case, his son's report should have been rejected! W ...more
Kareh Wiser
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
Their Name Is Today by Johann Christoph Arnold is a great book calling all parents to wake up and take a stand for their children…..NOW...while it is still today!!

Reading this work highlights the daily challenges that parents are faced with in the increasingly electronic and over stimulating culture in which we live. The author does not stop with merely informing us of the obstacles we face, but he also outlines significant and tangible solutions to equip the reader with a plan of action.

Kim Propp
Heart of a Philanthropist would like to thank Johann Cristoph Arnold for providing us with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review. This review was first seen on Heart of a Philanthropist's blog.

My son said to me the other day, "Mom, you are either on the computer or in bed." It struck a chord as I was already feeling a bit the same way myself. How much time do I as a parent spend on electronics and not with my child? How much time do my children spend on electronics and not with hum
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Why am I reading a book on children? Because as a father of four sons and grandfather of 12 they are a big part of my life. And because I care about not only my own circle of children, but like the author, about all children.

Author Johann Christoph Arnold, senior pastor of the Bruderhof, and his wife Verena have eight children, forty-four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Outstanding credentials or what?!

It is probably the voice of the pastor and counselor that comes through strongest in t
Becca Merchant
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Our children are our today as well as our future forever! I loved this book. I am a single mother of three, and I have been teaching them and raising them the best that I can with morals and values passed to me from my own parents. I have been struggling during this time to keep up with modern technologies knowing full well that they are not going anywhere, yet keeping in mind that family times that include activities outdoors, sports, hiking, exploring geo caching, just getting dirty and playin ...more
Rosanna Scott
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for anyone involved with children. I have worked with young children for many years, the past 5 1/2 years in Florida and have been very concerned about what children in our society today have to cope with. They are bombarded by so much technology and many seem to be lacking real role models. As a teacher it has saddened me greatly to see so many children that are crying out for help. This book gives such important advice and a vision of how childhood can be reclaimed aga ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Can there possibly be anything new, anything fresh, anything hopeful to write about children and education today? Well, yes, and I’ve found it. This new book did for me what few other books on this topic could: encourage, caution, guide, inspire. And all that in a slim volume that can be read in a couple sittings (and then, if you’re like me, re-read and annotated). There will be critics, I’m sure — much of the author’s advice ignores or refutes today’s emphasis on technology and standards — but ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Raising children is the most responsible thing any of us do in our lifetime and yet there seems to be the least training available for it. This is the closest thing to a handbook on how to raise a family that I've come across. It will stay on my shelf and then be passed on to my kids when they take over with the next generation. ...more
Carol Van Der Woude
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I was offered a copy of the book, Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World, I accepted eagerly. The book has been a quick read with gems of wisdom tucked in. In the first chapter Johann Christoph Arnold asks this question . . .

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Emily (Heinlen) Davis
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is well-written and extremely applicable to today's society. I highly recommend it. ...more
Linda Gill
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World

Children are special and need to be treated as such, raised with love and discipline, taught with respect as well as being taught to respect others. Children have a sense of wonder about them. They are curious, wanting to explore the world they live in. They are usually filled with joy.

Busy-ness, two parents having to work, single parent households, schools inundated with testing, strict structure of the curricula have left children on the short end of many
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
There are some really good ideas here but unfortunately they are often drowned out by the bad. The book is written more as a personal blog post, with his friend's opinions and anecdotes being presented as facts from professionals. The whole thing was very nostalgia-driven and definitely had a ring of "back in my day"

I also found myself increasingly frustrated with some of the assumptions made in the book. I have always worked with a diverse range of families from different backgrounds. Many of t
Maria Binch
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was not planning to read this book today. I even forgot that I had it on my shelf:) I took it randomly because I liked the title, which intrigued me immediately as I saw it. I think this is a book that every couple, who is planning to have a baby, should read. “Their Name is Today” is a great preparation for parenthood. Johann Christoph Arnold explains how important it is to manage your time and spend it with your children. They need their parents’ love and understanding, not their wallets ful ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was disappointed in this book.

I'm not sure who the intended audience was; it seemed written for both teachers and parents. Unfortunately, it did not provide any new info for teachers and did not provide any sound solutions for parents.

This book felt like it would be better as a series of blog posts. It seemed to contain little in the way of proven facts, but supported the writing with anecdotes from friends and neighbors. I completely disagreed with the chapter on over diagnosing learning dis
Jamie Atkins
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some of the worst changes have originated from government-mandated academic programs that rob children of their chance to learn through play and burden teachers with ever more pressure and paper-work. As I watch this trend grow every year, I agree with Albert Einstein’s observation: ‘It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education’

J.C. Arnold 2014

Instead of envying the ease with which our neighbours seem to raise perfect offspring, we will remember that rule-breakers and children who sh
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was an exceptional book on children being raised in todays environment. Though I agreed with most of what was being said, I felt the author made some broad over generalizations and some overstretched inferences about ADHD and Autism without stating that these are legitimate neurological conditions. I think that there are some symptoms that mimic these conditions that are actually being caused by environmental issues, but are not the cause for the conditions themselves. That b ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I have so many conflicting feelings about this book. The author does bring up several points that I agree with but that’s part of the problem... A lot of this book is based off of opinion. He also relies heavily on quotes from friends and family members. I’m not saying they’re “bad” quotes, but it is, once again, mostly opinion. There are also so many references to his family and childhood and how he was brought up that it makes one feel like he’s almost trying to prove something. Like “my famil ...more
Carey Hanzlicek
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was reading this book to get back into a teacher mindset at the end of the summer. However, several things about it made me more intentional with my time with my own kids. There were some things that seemed a little generalized but overall it makes you think and that’s always a good thing.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
So many things to consider in raising children, not the least of which is our own behaviors. I think we often forget the joy, wonder, and confusion of childhood & try to raise of children with only an adult mindset. This brings many of those issues to light.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This should be required reading for anyone who has children, works with children or loves children!
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: paper
not sure how I feel about this one is enjoyed reading it and it really makes you think however many arguments are not backed up with research or facts
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People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over two million copies of his twelve books in print in more than twenty languages. A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold was a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities, until his death in April 2017.

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