Thursday, April 22, 2010

Book Review: "Don't Make Me Count to Three!" by Ginger Plowman

Book Description:
Do you find yourself threatening, repeating your instructions, or raising your voice in an attempt to get your children to obey? Are you discouraged because it seems you just can't reach the heart of your child? Through personal experience and the practical application of Scripture, Ginger Plowman encourages and equips moms to reach past the outward behavior of their children and dive deeply into the issues of the heart. Ginger's candid approach will help moms move beyond the frustrations of not knowing how to handle issues of disobedience and into a confident and well-balanced approach to raising their children.

My thoughts:
I was interesting in reading in "Don't Make Me Count to Three!": A Mom's Look at Heart-Oriented Discipline by Ginger Plowman. I had heard both positive and negative things concerning it. The author's goal in giving heart oriented disciple to her children is to "use the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness", which I agree with, but her suggestions on how to do this suggested that the parent had a very pious attitude and could very easily beat their child over the head with Scripture. I think there is a time when your child is ready to be shown and taught through Scripture, but constantly throwing lines out of the Bible at them isn't going to change their heart.

In the author's defense, she does admit that she isn't perfect and her manner of correction isn't always as she shows in the book, so it might be more of her writing style that bothered me. As in all books like this, I think there are things to learn and things to leave.

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