Category Preschool

Ordinary Miracles

Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to the Holy Work of Parenting

Ordinary Miracles
By Rachel S. Gerber
Herald Press
Retail Price $12.99
Amazon Price: $10.48

Book Description: 

Where is God in the midst of temper tantrums, laundry, and accidents? In this honest, devotional memoir about mothering three busy boys, ordained Mennonite minister and blogger Rachel S. Gerber gives voice to the grit of parenting with stories of hope. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, who failed at first to recognize the Christ walking beside them, Rachel learns to discover the gifts and holy calling hidden in the events of harried family life. Overburdened parents will find encouragement in Rachel s own story of how, in her darkest hour of disorientation, in the most mundane and ordinary days of motherhood, and in moments of exhilaration, joy, and beauty, God is present.

Ordinary Miracles offers hope and a sense of purpose in the midst of the exhausting and harrowing days of parenting young children. It is an invitation to consider where God surprises us in the midst of ordinary life, awakening our inner sight to see that as we care for our children, we love and serve the God who created them.

Review

If you have young children, you need this book.  This is my all-time favorite parenting book, and I’ve read dozens. While so many authors give parents specific how-to tips and make us feel like failures if we don’t follow their advice exactly, Gerber shows us it’s a tough but fulfilling, and often hilarious calling to raise young children.  The author does an excellent job of telling it just as it is…crusty milk and cereal covered floor and all! She shares thoughts  and encouragement for the exhausted mother of young ones.

~Reviewed by Lindsay L.

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    Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child

    Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child

    Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child
    By Lynn R. Marotz
    Cengage Learning
    Retail Price $207.95
    Amazon Price: $159.36

    Book Description: 

    HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD, 9th Edition, covers contemporary health, safety, and nutrition needs of infant through school-age children–and guides teachers in implementing effective classroom practices–in one comprehensive, full-color volume. Concepts are backed by the latest research findings and linked to NAEYC standards. The book emphasizes the importance of respecting and partnering with families to help children establish healthy lifestyles and achieve their learning potential. Early childhood educators, professionals, and families will find the latest research and information on many topics of significant concern, including food safety, emergency and disaster preparedness, childhood obesity, children’s mental health, bullying, resilience, chronic and acute health conditions, environmental quality, and children with special medical needs. Also provided are easy-to-access checklists, guidelines, and activities that no early childhood student or professional should be without.

     Review

    This is definitely not a casual read, nor is it meant to be.  It is often a textbook for those in college for early childhood related fields or continuing education for professionals.  With that said I would like to point out that it is an excellent book on the topic of early childhood health, safety, and nutrition that would be of benefit to parents and those who work with children in any capacity, including daycare and churches.

    The topics are explored enough to allow understanding and comprehension, and the case studies and examples connect the concepts presented. The topics in this book range from nutrition to mental health to poverty and everywhere in between. The amount of information included in the text is impressive.

    Personally, this wasn’t required reading for me.  I have a 2 year old daughter and it was a blessing to find a book that would actually get me to realize what I needed to do to assist myself and daughter to do to get a healthier lifestyle.  A must read for all busy parents who want the best for their young child.

    ~Reviewed by Beth G.

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