Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book Review: Talking to Your Daughter About Understanding Boys by Bob & Dannah Gresh

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I have previously read and journaled about Dannah Gresh's books, Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens and Six Ways to Keep the "Good" in Your Boy: Guiding Your Son from His Tweens to His Teens, which I found very beneficial in helping with my children and highly recommend.

I recently had the opportunity to review another book authored by Dannah Gresh along with her husband, Bob, called Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys While the other 8 Great Dates Series focuses on dates with moms and daughters, this book focuses on ... dads and daughters.

The purpose of the book is to help dad's and daughter's connect in a time when our culture is putting the pressure on young girls to have an interest in boys way too soon. In Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys dads and daughters will cover such topics as:
  • Understanding boys as part of God's plan
  • What it means to be a girl
  • The difference between true love and counterfeit love
  • A girl's value comes from God, not a boy
  • Your daughter is a treasure and should be treated as one
  • Growing in God's Word
  • Relying on God for Guidance
  • Viewing marriage as a picture of God's love for His people
Each date contains a different topic and activity, but they follow the same format. The first step is a Prep Talk where the author's walk dads through a little prepping on girls and helping the dads understand the "why" of what they are doing. The second step includes going to the Secret Keeper's Girls audio files and listening to the short conversations provided by Bob and Dannah for the upcoming date. These will definitely catch your daughter's attention.

The third step is the Dad-Daughter Challenge. These are the heart of this book and includes ideas such as treasure hunts, wilderness hikes, watching a movie, cooking, and stargazing. These ideas can be modified and also include "budget-crunching" ideas. These activities build up to step four which is Talking with Dad. This is where dads and daughters can have special heart to heart talks about understanding boys. Have no fears that you will be left alone on this because there is also included completed texts for these conversations for dad along with a pull-out section for daughters. When the conversation is finished then the dates is concluded with a simple prayer. Before jumping into any of the date ideas the book does a great job of explaining how the book works and how to use it. Also included is a section for single mom's to help them implement the ideas.

This is is the first book I've read from the 8 Great Dates Series I found a fun and delightful read. I appreciate Bob and Dannah Gresh's passion for giving parent's resources to help guide and help our children navigate their way through today's culture. Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys is a unique, yet a fun way for dad's and daughter's to connect. Even if a dad doesn't use it exactly as the dates are written I think it gives a lot of material that could be used as a jumping off point to cover these important topics.  This is a great resource for for dads (and moms) to build a special bond and connection with their daughters.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product from Sidedoor Communications in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All my opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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