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Christian Parenting

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The Creative Christian Home
Sparks
1974

As I was looking at this book, I was trying to decide how creativity fit into this Christian parenting guide. There is nothing particularly wrong with this book, I just don’t think it is super creative or helpful.  The Christian aspect was more about peppering general advice with a bit of scripture.

Caveat: I am a bit biased against parenting books since all they did was make me feel inadequate. They remind me of those passive aggressive “helpful” moms, and sometimes dads, that point out all the things I am doing wrong. This includes, but is not limited to, issues of breastfeeding, naps, raisins as a snack, dairy, no dairy, diapers, television habits, church attendance, lack of church attendance, reading habits (btw, I really resented that one!), and other ridiculous unsolicited advice. (Let’s call it parent-splaining.)

I am so glad to be retired from parenting.

Mary

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The Shame of Divorce

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Divorced
“I Wouldn’t Have Given a Nickel for Your Chances”
Stewart
1974

The general theme of Christian memoirs is usually how someone’s crappy life was saved by faith. This one is no exception. The first chapter describes her husband walking away after handing her a couple hundred dollars. No support, no income, no experience, and forced into the working world for the first time. It was a bad situation.

What bothered me most was that most of her reflection was about her personal shame of divorce. I was hoping that she might recognize that her idiot ex was the one who should be ashamed. Nope. It is still better to be married. In one chapter, she talks a woman out of leaving her husband, even if he has girlfriends on the side. I quit reading after that. Even for 1974, that is a bit much.

Mary

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Dieting for God

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Slim for Him
Kreml
1978

Who doesn’t love the cover of the women walking through the clouds (or is that whipped cream?) This book is full of scripture and inspiration to keep your head in the game as you diet to your ideal weight and spiritual goodness.

We have had more than a few Christian diet books. Remember Help Lord – The devil wants me fat? Or how about diet advice for the ladies with More of Jesus, Less of me? And of course, one of our personal favorites: Jogging for Jesus. Unlike those titles, Slim for Him doesn’t have any specific health advice and doesn’t claim any outrageous health cures, just scripture and inspiration which probably makes this the best of these books.

Bottom line: God prefers you to be thin.

Mary

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