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What Your Daughter Isn’t Telling You: Book Review

What Your Daughter Isn’t Telling You: Book Review

I found the book "What Your Son Isn't Telling You" very insightful, so I decided to pick up the same type of book for the opposite gender.  A little while back I was running a pre-teen girl mentoring program and wanted a closer look at some of the typical issues girls this age were facing.  The book, "What Your Daughter Isn't Telling You" by Susie Shellenberger and Kathy Gowler did a great job addressing this very thing. Unlike the guy version of this book, "What Your Daughter..." didn't … [Read more...]

Friday Freebie: Adventures in Odyssey

Friday Freebie: Adventures in Odyssey

I was browsing through the latest copy of Thriving Family Magazine when I read about a great radio program for preteens about prayer.  Even better?  You can download it free -- a great resource for both parents and children's ministry workers. Here's the description: Do your tweens understand that prayer reflects a unique relationship between God and man?  Or do they approach prayer like ti's simply a way to get what they want?  As your tweens mature, they may begin to appreciate the … [Read more...]

As For Me And My House: Book Review

As For Me And My House: Book Review

Sometimes it's tough to get family devotions (or family faith talks) started in your home, especially if your children are now in the preteen or teen age range (hang in there!).  The book, As for Me and My House-Volume 2, written by Tom and Lori Ziegler, just may be the tool you need to get a jump-start on this rewarding family tradition. The introduction does a great job setting the stage for a productive and enjoyable time with suggestions such as: Have fun!  Family devotions should not … [Read more...]

Making Waves: How much is success worth?

Making Waves: How much is success worth?

In the book, Making Waves, Sophomore Katie finds herself lonely and with a lot of extra time on her hands when her best friend moves away. With her sister gone from the house and her mom working long hours, Katie decides she needs a hobby. When she joins the swim teams, she encounters pressures and expectations she didn't anticipate. A natural swimmer, Katie has always viewed swimming as something she did "just for fun". Now with both the coach and the other team mates impressed with her … [Read more...]

Attack in the Arena: Adventure for preteens

Attack in the Arena: Adventure for preteens

Book #2 of The Imagination Station series, Attack at the Arena, is a adventure-packed hit as well.  This time-traveling book, based on the Adventures in Odyssey radio series, is aimed at the 8-12 crowd, both guys and gals.   Though the preteens will enjoy reading it on their own, I recommend parents reading this out loud to their kids as a way to reconnect and discuss some great talking points such as standing up for your faith, first impressions, and seeking wisdom from elders. This book … [Read more...]

Why The Action Bible is Perfect for Boys

Why The Action Bible is Perfect for Boys

This week, I had a great Sunday School class with a bunch of preteen boys, and I wish I could say it was because of some innate personality characteristic of mine.  Truth is, I’m not that good with boys – especially preteen ones!  Once the cool factor starts to kick in, I’m pretty much left in the dust. I know it’s wrong, but I'm more comfortable with the kids who sit still, sing songs, raise their hands to answer questions, and boys… well, they just don’t usually do that.   I knew I needed … [Read more...]