Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that threaten to deny children a healthy, happy childhood, courageous parents and teachers can turn the tide. Yes, we can reclaim childhood, says Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped more than a million readers through the challenges of education and family life. In Their Name is Today, he highlights drastic changes in the way our society treats children. But he also brings together the voices of dedicated parents and educators who are finding creative ways to give children the time and space they need to grow. Cutting through the noise of conflicting opinions, Arnold takes us to the heart of education and parenting by defending every child’s right to the joy and wonder of childhood.
What a great book. It keeps things very real, but also provides REAL hope in the futures that we can provide our children, and in the moments now that we have with our children. There is so much sound advice in this book – advice that I will take to heart and apply to my own children.
The author’s story about Berto the monkey and the family having to leave him behind touched me and taught me a great lesson – and that’s how the entire book is written. Personal stories, personal experiences, whether his own or those he knows, intertwined with messages intended to improve our lives.
This is a book I’ll refer back to often. I’m so glad I had the chance to read it!
More about the author, Johann Christoph Arnold:
People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over 1.3 million copies of his books in print in more than 20 languages.
A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years. His books include Their Name Is Today, Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, and Why Children Matter.
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Okay, I’ve gotta be honest. My very first impression upon opening the book and reading the first few pages: Wow, I’m not impressed. The author is inserting profanities like a drunken sailor here. Strong profanities. In the first 3 sentences, the “F-bomb” is dropped twice. I will never see the need for that, because I’m pretty sure there are other ways one can get their point across. What can I say? I’m not a lover of strong profanity.
That was my first impression. As I read on, I became more impressed with the writing. There are still more curse words than I could count, but once I was into the STORY, I was able to focus more on that. Andy Weir is a talented author, there’s no doubt about that. The character, Mark Watney, is a very likable one…he’s got a biting sense of humor and loves sarcasm. He is witty and intelligent, and I definitely found myself rooting for him. I figured I would have a good idea about how it would end, because at first it’s written in the first-person. However, it later switches to the third-person, and there are definitely a lot of hints that have you guessing. Once I was able to look past the language, I really enjoyed the book – had a hard time putting it down, in fact! I even had a dream the night I finished it – a dream that I can definitely tell you was based on my high level of emotional investment while reading.
Really well-written novel! Engaging and entertaining. I could easily see this being made into a movie. I’m giving it 4 stars. I really liked it. If I hadn’t had a problem with the strong language, I would have given it 5 stars.
I received The Martian by Andy Weir book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are mine, and mine alone.