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Library Corner

May 2021

Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June are special days for all of us who are parents. Parenting is not easy! No matter how much you love your children, there will be difficult times as well as wonderful times. Each of our new books and magazines this month are related to parenting in one way or another. Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption, by Vaneetha Rendall Risner, discusses the loss of a child, among other losses, and emotional and physical pain during her life. How can this be an abundant life? Yes! Her life is a reminder that God is “with each of us in our pain.”

The Attributes of God: A Book for Children, by Sara Ronnevik, is a beautifully illustrated book that can be adapted to children of all ages. Twelve of God’s attributes are described in detail for older children and in a simplified form within a box on the page and in the bold print title at the top. The illustrations are reminders of the stained-glass windows depicting saints and Bible stories in old church buildings.

Family First, by Dr. Phil McGraw, includes practical information for parents. The book is divided into two sections: “Creating Your Phenomenal Family” and “7 Tools for Purposeful Parenting.” Two of the six chapters in the first section are: “Special Strategies for Divorced and Blended Families” and “The Five Factors for a Phenomenal Family.” The second section of the book is devoted to giving parents help with specific ways to parent children, based on the parent’s personality. Preceding this section of the book is a chapter on “Your Parenting Style” including a test to help you define your style. I was pleased to see that he believes it is important for families to attend church together. Dr. Phil said, “Family participation in worship services is an excellent way to enact a family’s faith through rituals and lay a
spiritual foundation for children.”

The two new magazines we have are the March /April 2021 Connections: “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” which contains articles about the fourth petition in the Lord’s Prayer, and the April 2021 Christianity Today, which highlights single Americans who are a “Single Parent by Choice.” There are many other good articles on various topics in each magazine. Also on display for May and June are books and movies that may be helpful to your family life.

“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” Proverbs 6:6


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