HaveANewKidByFriday

Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days

The book that took the parenting world by storm is now available in trade paper! Anyone who has dealt with parenting problems knows that it is no easy task to turn bad behavior around. Bestselling author and psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman is here to help.

Have a New Kid by Friday shows parents how to reverse negative behavior in their children–fast! With his signature wit and encouragement, Dr. Leman offers them hope and real, practical, doable strategies for regaining control and becoming the parents they always wanted to be. Focusing on changing a child’s attitude, behavior, and character, this book contains chapters for each day of the week, as well as a special section with advice on everything from rolling eyes to sibling rivalry to talking back to punching walls–and much, much more. This helpful section of more than 100 specific topics is indexed, allowing parents to flip immediately to any areas of concern for witty, straightforward, and gutsy plans of action.

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TheHouseThatCleansItself

The House That Cleans Itself: Creative Solutions for a Clean and Orderly House in Less Time Than You Can Imagine

The House That Cleans Itself is a true housekeeping guide for the housekeeping-impaired! It boldly takes on the reasons behind chronic messiness and why ordinary home-organization books won’t work. Using the methods of “horizontal thinking,” this book teaches readers how to set up a home so efficiently and logically that it seems to clean itself.

More than a how-to book, The House That Cleans Itself also looks at what God has to say about cleanliness and order, and how He can inspire order in every reader’s life in a fresh and unique way. For added fun, some of the tips Mindy uses come from research for her popular novels, The Trouble with Tulip, Blind Dates Can Be Murder, and Elementary, My Dear Watkins.

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WinningTheClutterWar

Winning the Clutter War

Sandra Felton’s foolproof advice on organization has made this book a proven bestseller that has helped readers of all ages overcome a lifetime of messy habits. Her compassion, humor, and practical tips will help make chronic clutter a thing of the past.

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WildAtHeart

Wild at Heart Revised & Updated: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul

Every man was once a boy. And every little has dreams, big dreams, dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty.

But what happens to those dreams when we grow up? Walk into most churches, have a look around, and ask yourself: What is a Christian man? Without listening to what is said, look at what you find there. Most Christian men are . . . bored.

John Eldredge revises and updates his best-selling, renowned Christian classic, Wild at Heart, and in it invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites women to discover the secret of a man’s soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer. John Eldredge is the director of Ransomed Heart

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BringingUpBoys

Bringing Up Boys

2002 Gold Medallion Award winner!
Sensible advice and caring encouragement on raising boys from the nation’s most trusted parenting expert, Dr.James Dobson. With so much confusion about the role of men in our society, it’s no wonder so many parents and teachers are at a loss about how to bring up boys. Our culture has vilified masculinity and, as a result, boys are suffering. Parents, teachers, and others involved in shaping the character of boys have lots of questions. In Bringing Up Boys, Dr. Dobson tackles these questions and offers advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles.

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SmartMoneySmartKids

Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze teach parents how to raise money-smart kids in a debt-filled world.

In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree.

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She said, “Jennifer, We Have to Pray Against the Smoke in His Head!”

Have you ever stopped ‘your world’ to ‘pray through’ for someone else?  August 12, 2004 I experienced what it meant to ‘stand in the gap’ for someone.  Earlier in the day, I had received a frantic phone call from my family letting me know that my 33 yr. old brother, Paul, was deathly ill in the hospital with meningitis. He was in horrible pain, with a skyrocketing fever. The doctors were pumping him full of antibiotics, but it wasn’t helping.  Paul was getting worse! As the day went on, I became overcome with worry and anxiety! Every time I got a new update, the reports were worse.  The doctors were not giving us hope and my family all headed to Holland, Michigan to be with Paul.  It was that dire.

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Make Every Effort to Bear with the Failings of the Weak

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak. Isn’t it so easy to consider ourselves better than someone else and look down on others? Who are the weak? We naturally think of a small child as weak. In fact, Jesus had very specific instructions about ‘looking down’ on the little children in Matthew 18:10: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

This scripture got my attention last year. If a child’s angel always sees the face of God, that probably means the angels are talking to God.

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We Welcome Little Ones and in Doing So We Welcome Jesus

Ten years ago, I learned what it meant to welcome Jesus.  My husband was leading a small group in our home on Sunday nights and  I had four little ones to manage upstairs or in the back yard.  Here is the truth:  I wanted to be used mightily by God and I wanted to help people!  However, I always had this situation of taking care of my ‘blessings.’  I had a battle in my mind waging that it was more important to ‘hang out with the adults than to hang out with the children.’  I had to fight resentment every week, that I got stuck taking care of the kids!

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Forgiveness Is Very Powerful

Do not Give the Devil a Foothold

Forgiveness is very powerful. It is critically important to stay at peace and to guard your heart against an unforgiving spirit. We are in a mighty spiritual battle and need to stay on the offensive. Holding a grudge and keeping a bitter attitude actually gives the devil permission to attack you from within your own heart and mind.  Ephesians 4:26-27 says, In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Can you believe that?  You are the one that has been hurt or wounded and then while you are suffering in your pain, holding an offense against someone, you actually give the devil permission to hurt you more!

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