Tonight, I'm excited to bring you TWO brand new book giveaways - one for the gals, and one for the guys!
Mother & Son
I was really interested to read Dr. Emerson Eggerichs's brand new book, Mother & Son: The Respect Effect. Many of us are familiar with his bestseller on successful marriage relationships, Love & Respect. This book continues on with the same topic: women need love, and men desire respect. Instead of focusing on a marriage relationship, Mother & Son focuses on how a mother shows her son respect. Eggerichs suggests that this is the key to a boy's heart.
God calls mothers to do six things. A mother G.U.I.D.E.S. with respect:
Give so a child's basic physical needs can be met.
Understand so a child is not provoked or exasperated.
Instruct so your child can know and apply God's wisdom.
Discipline so your child can correct poor choices.
Encourage so your child can courageously develop God-given gifts.
Supplicate in prayer so your child can experience God's touch and truth.
While Eggerichs' theory on respect often feels contradictory to how we, as mothers, feel about loving our sons, the book is extensive in its examples and explanations. It explains, in depth, how to give respect to your son at any age.
Though it is my nature to say to my boys, "I love you. I love you. I love you.", Eggerichs suggests changing it to, "I respect you. . . and here's why. . . " I haven't tried this yet with Nolan or Ephraim, but it's definitely worth considering, especially because Nolan is at an age now where he is adventurous and insists on doing things on his own, even if it means getting in trouble. My vocabulary with him is so important right now :)
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Steve reviewed the second book for me, Wise Guys, by Kent Evans.
The concept is simple: we, as men who want to succeed, need to seek out and ask older, wiser, and more experienced men what their secrets to success have been. Somewhere along the line, coinciding with the epidemic we face today with broken families and absentee fathers, sons stopped learning these secrets from their fathers.
Kent Evan's Wise Guys: Unlocking Hidden Wisdom from the Men Around You doesn't deviate very far from that basic premise. The book is constructed as a collection of personal vignettes, all showcasing one or two foundational life-lessons Kent learned from different mentors throughout his professional and personal life. For example, he begins with the foundational advice of “stop trying to not do this or not be that. Instead, find some men who have the life you want, and figure out why their situation is the way it is . . . learn from them and then model yourself after the parts you like.” From there, he covers relationship help, spiritual guidance, successful business practices, gentle correction/rebuking (and taking it to heart when you're on the receiving end), humble deference to others, fatherhood, and more.
Throughout his writing, Kent works in Christian perspectives and Bible references to ground his advice in the Word. The book, however, is NOT a Bible study—it's not an in-depth investigation on what God says about how to handle yourself when a disappointed customer confronts you. Instead, these are real-life embodiments of Biblical principles. When Kent describes how he finally overcame an issue he had with overcommitting himself (and the fallout that occurred because of missing deadlines), he ends the story with Matthew 5:37, “let your 'yes' be 'yes,' and your 'no,' 'no.'”
The book is relatively short, with seventeen chapters that each read in a matter of minutes. Each chapter ends with discussion questions used to support the main idea, and can also contribute to building a deeper Bible study. This is a good starting point for young men and new fathers looking to make good decisions in their lives. Used as a segue into continuing discussion and deeper Bible study, it is a great resource to have on-hand.
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