Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Review: Making Brother and Sisters Best Friends by Sarah, Stephen, & Grace Mally

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends

Book Description:
Trouble or Treasure?

Brothers and sisters are among the most important people in life! Yet, sadly,  they are often the most trouble. Many siblings fight, argue, and miss out on the special life-long treasure that God intends.

The emphasis of this book is not merely "getting along," but being best friends. Every chapter has a section by each of the three authors, giving the book three perspectives and three personalities.
My thoughts:
I think most parents get tired of their children arguing all the time. Sometimes I tell myself that I deserve all I have to hear, since I did a lot of fighting with my brother when we were growing up. When I came across the book Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by Sarah, Stephen & Grace Mally, I snatched it up and tucked it away until I felt my kids were ready for it.

We eventually started this book at the beginning of the school year and have been reading it during our family devotional time. (Yes, it took us the whole school year to complete it due to the fact that we are still working on consistency when it comes to family devotions.) First off I have to say not only do the Mally's do a wonderful job of encouraging brothers and sisters to learn to be friends, but they do it with a lot of humor. Our three oldest kids are 15, 11, & 8, and they all enjoyed this book. Of course there were times when it stepped on their toes, but it also gives many practical suggestions and how it works in real life situations. Included are scriptures, quizzes, and illustrations.

I do recommend this book for older children, though my 8 year old understood everything we read and was able to enjoy all the subtle humor. Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends will not automatically make your children best friends, but as a parent it has helped me to point out wrong attitudes and to help them work out their differences. This is a wonderful resource to have in your personal library and to share with your family.

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  1. I'm so glad to read your review of this! I've thought several times about buying it. I think I'll wait until my girls are older, but I'm glad to know you think it's worthwhile. Thanks for linking up again to RAT!

  2. I really enjoyed reading your blog this morning! It's refreshing!

    Too bad this book doesn't come in a preschool version, too...

  3. This is one of our favorite books to use to encourage sibling harmony. We do it as a read aloud each year (ages baby to 16 right now) and then I have the older ones read through it themselves. It's definitely not a one-time read. Thankful for God's grace that makes sibling harmony possible!



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