Pass It On – Building a Legacy of Faith – A Book Review


Pass It On – Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences

By Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee

David C. Cook, 4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918

978-1434709073, $ 15.99, 2015, 246 pages,

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Strategic Blueprint for Passing on Your Faith to Your Children

“Pass It On – Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences” is divided into three parts and provides guidelines and suggestions for:

  1. setting up a program for “building a legacy of faith for your children through practical and memorable experiences.
  2. Providing rites of passages for individual sons and daughters for each of their thirteen years in school, kindergarten through their senior year of high school.
  3. Encouraging finishing strong and crossing the finish line.

Each chapter parallels the child’s age or year in school and incudes suggested rite of passage projects or themes for laying a foundation of faith. Age appropriate topics from generosity, friendship, preparing for adolescence, and intimacy are included. These suggestions are creative and doable; the authors also encourage the reader to add to the list or to improvise the details.

I found the suggestions dealing specifically with what you need to know about your child at each age: physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually, especially helpful and practical.

“Pass it On” is written for parents. It is an important resource and can be of benefit to family counselors, student leaders, (professional and lay). The book is highly endorsed by youth educators, pastors, and student ministry leaders.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

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God Made All of Me – A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies – A Book Review


God Made All of Me – A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies

By: Justin S. and Lindsey A. Holcomb

David C. Cook Publisher

Illustrated by Trish Mahoney

A Natural Approach to a Sensitive Issue – Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse

“God Made All of Me” is an excellent resource guide for parents who want to safeguard and instruct their children against the repercussion and heartbreak of sexual abuse.

The reader is guided through exemplary discussions for encouraging communication with the child, while helping them understand, and identify, the private parts of their anatomy. They offer guidelines for opening conversation about:  appropriate touches, maintaining emotions, playing doctor, and identifying people they can trust.

A letter to parents or caregivers intrudes the book and explains the goal opens the book. Each of these helpful conversations are summarized for the parent in final nine final summary statements with explanations as to why each of these areas are important to protect you child from sexual abuse.

Trish Mahoney’s colorful illustrations re-enforce the goal of the authors: “to empower and train Christian communities to recognize, prevent, and respond to child abuse.”

Highly recommended.

Beyond Engagement by Brady G. Wilson – A Book Review


Beyond Engagement

By: Brady G. Wilson

BPS Books Bastian Publishing Service, 42 Donald Crescent, Toronto, ON M1S 1N7, Canada
978-1772360172, $ 18.99, 2015,172 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Managing Energy Rather than Engagement – A Personal Development Tool

The subtitle highlighted on the front cover “A Brain-Based Approach That Blends the Engagement Managers Want with the Energy Employees Need” and the strong endorsements by influential industry leaders highlighted on the back cover immediately piqued my attention and interest

The reader books user friendly format, independent and clearly defined chapter themes, and the forceful approach of the author allow the reader the option of reading the book sequentially or by choosing chapters of interest that meet a specific immediate need or personal interest.

Each of the ten chapters opens with three questions:

  • What’s the brain science?
  • How does this show up at work?
  • Why does it matter?

My interest was piqued by many of Wilson’s observations and expressions. The concepts focused creative energy and the power of conversation as an innovative tool for improving employee performance and business results. Chapters include a case study and an energy management question designed to open a dialog between you and your leaders.

“Beyond Management” is a book you will want to put into the hands of every member of your management team. The book is an excellent equipping tool. The ten leadership principles are innovative, practical, and infused with ideas for humanizing the workplace.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

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