Saturday, May 31, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: 8 Great Dates for Dads & Daughters

I’ve written before on how we aim to champion the father/daughter relationship in our home.  Not only does it matter because we believe time with parents matters, but also because my work with Pam Stenzel makes very clear that girls always seem to seek a strong earthly male figure.  And, while we as Christians can say, “God is enough,” and it is true, there is still something powerful about the tangible feel of protective arms and audible spoken love.  Thus, when Dannah Gresh’s ministry contacted me and asked me to review and giveaway one copy of her new book co-authored with her husband entitled, “8 Great Dates for Dads & Daughters: Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys,” I jumped at the opportunity.


 

This is an underserved book topic, to be sure.  There are a host of options when it comes to books specifically aimed at our girls, and even for we as moms to share in with our girls, but opportunity for our men is lacking.  And, if your husband is anything like mine, he knows he wants to talk to our girls about their value and about boys, but he isn’t quite sure how to do it, leaving him in frustrating deadlock.

When you consider:

A father’s degree of physical affection is directly related to her self-esteem (Meg Meeker)

There is a strong correlation between a child’s image of her parents – specifically her father – and her perception of God (Journal of Scientific Study of Religion)

Girls with absent or uninvolved fathers are at risk for an earlier sexual debut and a greater number of sexual partners (University of St. Andrews)

It becomes very obvious that while both parents are instrumental in their children’s decisions, when it comes to our girls, father/daughter discussions may be more influential than the ones we mothers are having with them.

So what I LOVE about this book is that it helps our husbands naturally bring up these necessary discussions in a way that promotes him as her strong earthly male while sharing God’s plan and wishes for her life.  YES!  And, it doesn’t require that your man get it all right, but just that he be there to listen and talk with your 8-12 year old girl on each of these 1.5 hour dates.

Covering  1) how boys are a part of God’s good plan, 2) beauty in what it means to be a girl, 3) true versus counterfeit love, 4)  value coming from God, not a boy  5) reinforcing that she is a treasure and she should be expected to be treated like so, 6) that she can be nurture herself with God’s Word, 7) and that she can always rely on Him for guidance, as well as 8) beginning to view marriage as a picture of God’s love for His people, each of the dates has a free download kickoff, a fun activity to do with your girl that takes the awkward out of its purpose and sets up the conversation around the date’s key bible verse, and, finally, a "Talk with Dad" pullout to do before ending in a joint prayer.

Lest your man would panic at the thought of a “Talk with Dad” pullout, his contains all the answers where there is a definite right response, alleviating the stress.  However, it is mostly filled with discussion questions to connect them on a heart level sprinkled with some really fun quizzes and inventories.  My personal favorites include the true love test and trash versus treasure self inventory.   

Because girls at this age are concrete thinkers, the Biblical Truth made manifest through visual activities is invaluable.  Fun times with her dad will not only create forever memories, but it will help her realize her value so that she can enter her teen years with greater confidence.

These are honest conversations every dad wants to have with his daughter and Bob & Dannah Gresh have now given him the tools to do so in a way that our girls will be excited about.  Make sure you order your copy today.  It is a priceless resource!  My man is already breathing easier knowing there is a copy ready to use in our home J

AND….I get to bless one of you today!  Bob & Dannah are allowing me to give away one copy to a lucky reader! 
There are 6 entry opportunities 1) simply comment on this post 2) tweet a link to the post 3) post a link to this post on Facebook 4) sign up to follow this blog (by email, google, or Networked Blogs) 5) like Dannah’s Facebook Page 6) and follow her blog so you can stay up to date on their ministry and when they might be speaking in your area!  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry opportunity you choose.  You must be within the continental United States to win.  The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 1pm.
 

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23 comments:

  1. I love the content of this book! very exciting giveaway!

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  2. Loved mom/daughter version. This would make a great Father's Day gift!

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  3. Shared the post on FB

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  4. third time I've tried to comment.
    My husband would love to have this book!

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  5. Love this! We have 4 daughters so this will definitely be on our book shelf!

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  6. I'd love to win Bob and Dannah's book!

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  7. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/thissimplehome/status/474260279807574017

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  8. This sounds like a great book. Perfect to share with friends that have daughters!

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  9. Love the Gresh's this would be agreat addition to any home!

    Thanks for linking up with Cozy Reading Spot

    Marissa

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  10. This looks like an amazing book!
    Paula V

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  11. Shared on FB! Looks like a great book!

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  12. What an amazing book, and the talk with dad pullout is such a great resource for the guys! Tanya

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  13. Tweeted link
    Tanya

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  14. subscribed via email
    Tanya

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