Be Angry… And Train Your Kids

Be Angry...and Train Your Kids: Directing Your God-Given Energy to Wisely Fuel Godly Parenting StrategiesBe Angry…and Train Your Kids: Directing Your God-Given Energy to Wisely Fuel Godly Parenting Strategies by Peggy Ployhar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The format of the book is easy to read in small chunks, which is good because small chunks of time is all I have! Her honesty in the struggle is encouraging and refreshing on its own, but her Christ-centered instruction and intentional hope-giving tones are what I valued the most. This is an excellent read and a book not going on my shelf, but a book going to another parent in need. I’ll buy it again if I need to.

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Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I was recently reminded of this book and even used it in a devotional earlier today. It’s a really great book. Two of my favorite bits:

On Prayer

“The prayer of the morning will determine the day… The temptations which the working day brings with it will be overcome by this break-through to God. Decisions which our work demands will be simpler and easier when they are made, not in the fear of men, but solely in the presence of God. ‘Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men’ (Col. 3:23). Even routine mechanical work will be performed more patiently when it is done with the knowledge of God and His command. Our strength and energy for work increase when we have prayed God to give us the strength we need for our daily work.”

page 71

“And we may be certain that our prayer will be heard, because it is a response to God’s Word and promise.

page 85

On Meditation

“It is one of the particular difficulties of meditation that our thoughts are likely to wander and go their own way, toward other persons or to some events in our life. Much as this may distress and shame us again and again, we must not lose heart and become anxious, or even conclude that meditation is really not something for us. When this happens it is often a help not to snatch back our thoughts convulsively, but quite calmly to incorporate into our prayer the people and the events to which our thoughts keep straying and thus in all patience return to the starting point of the meditation.”

page 85