This past weekend I had the privilege of hanging out with one of my favorite people, Rachael Carman. Rachael and her husband Davis own Apologia Educational Ministries which among other things publishes most of the science textbooks we use in our homeschool.
While I love their science curriculum, what I really love about Rachael is that she often speaks right to the heart of things I’m dealing with in my own family.
This weekend we celebrated the launch of her latest book, How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?: What God wants us to hear when we talk to our kids.
Have you ever said and of the following things to your kids:
- Are you EVEN listening to me?
- What were you thinking?
- Be quiet.
- I know how you feel.
- Stop running.
- Let’s go!
I think we all have certain phrases we use over and over with our kids, probably so much so that they don’t even pay attention to what we are telling them.
One day when Rachael was dealing with a particularly difficult child she was struck by her own words.
Are you hearing but not obeying what God is trying to tell you? If you find yourself convicted when you speak the same phrases to your children over and over it could be that God is gently (or maybe not so gently) trying to get your attention too.
In How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?, Rachael shares numerous stories from her own life and how God used those moments to help shape her. At the end of each short chapter she shares a moment of introspection with several questions to help dig deeper into each chapter.
As with the rest of Rachael’s books this book is easy to read and the chapters are short, which is perfect for a busy mom.