Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Daily Question For You & Your Child | More Than A Review

I don't usually do straight up book reviews here on the blog. However, I do love to post an occasional Interview With The Author article. I work with some publishing companies and authors to help promote books and movies from time to time. I can assure you that I only recommend those products, whether movies or books, that I can honestly get behind. My heart in sharing these things with you is to give you resources to help you to grow and continue to pursue all that you were created to be. I will only promote products that I personally use and/or that I believe will add value to you, my readers, and will further the Kingdom building message and purpose of my site.

With that in mind,  I want to introduce you to a book I have had the privilege to preview. I believe this little book is a precious opportunity for parents to create lasting memories with their children. The Daily Question For You And Your Child: A 3-Year Spiritual Journey. 


Publisher's Synopsis:

A fun, thought-provoking 365-question guided journal and keepsake that sparks daily interaction with your child to create a memory book capturing your child's life, personality, and faith journey.

This interactive prompted journey allows a parent to create a keepsake of three years of their child's life. By answering each of the 365 questions together on the same date each year, readers will get a unique and precious picture into their child's feelings, development, and personality. Some of the questions focus
on spirituality and the child's heart, while some are meant to capture their creativity, spirit, and sense of humor. All questions spark conversations and memories that span well beyond the pages of this book.


My thoughts:

As a woman who has two grown children, I can tell you that I wish I had something like this book when they were little to prompt me to write down some of their precious thoughts on...well...so many things. 

We all think we will remember the cute, funny or sometimes profound words that spring forth from our children's mouths but as time passes so do those memories. Our recall becomes questionable...how did they say that again? Oh...it was sooo cute! Or perhaps their words revealed just who God created them to be...their creativity or industriousness, or their tender heart. By the time they reach their teens we sometimes have to dig to find that tender heart again. 

As an adult, I wish that my mother had written down more to recapture the essence of who I was as a child. I believe that when we are very young before the world has had a chance to tell us who it thinks we should be, we are who God created us to be, even though getting fully there is a process yet to have taken place. All of those inclinations, tendencies, dreams are there...until someone comes along and tells us how childish, silly and impractical we are being. And begins to extinguish the dreams our Creator placed in our heart and spirit.  Or as one author put it,
Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person. 
~Ann Tyler, Back When We Were Grownups
Now I don't necessarily believe I have turned into someone I was not meant to be...but I can see how the obstacles along the way have put roadblocks in my way to feeling completely secure in who I was created to be.  And perhaps have kept me from fully realizing all that God created me to be. I'm still on that quest.

Getting back to the book at hand. I believe that this is a great tool to create a beautiful keepsake not only for the parent's but for the child as he/she grows into adulthood. One that will be treasured.  

This is a quality little hardback book with a pocket on the front cover of the book where you can place a photo of your child, and even change it out with each year. I would recommend getting one book for each of your children. You can record their words when they are young and as they are able they can write down their own answers. 

I love the questions! They are thoughtful and have the potential to prompt great conversations. Some questions are just fun and silly, while others are thought-provoking and have the potential to reveal your child's heart as you listen to their answer. The questions could be read at the dinner table each day or at bedtime each night.  Or whenever it works best for you. They are so simple that if you miss a few days it would be easy to just ask a few questions at one time to get caught back up. 

Take a look at this photo of a two-page spread from the book. 



There are 365 Questions, here is just a handful:


  • Who do you think needs a hug today?
  • If you could spend an hour as any animal, what animal would you pick? 
  • Do you prefer to build snowmen or have snowball fights?
  • If you could ask Jesus a question, what would you ask him?
  • What makes you sad?
  • What is something you'd like to know how to make?
  • What do you wish I did more of?
  • What do you wish you could spend less time doing?
  • If you could meet someone from the Bible, who would it be?
  • What is the first memory you can think of?
  • What is hard for you right now? How can I help you with it?
Some who have reviewed this book have stated that the drawback, like so many other things begun with good intentions, is that it has the potential to be just one more thing on our already too long list of to-dos.  But I think it is something so precious it is well worth the effort to get this book and begin making memories with your child.   

It's time to slow down in this crazy media driven world. Take time to sit down at the dinner table with your family, put the phones away, and talk to one another. Ask questions and listen...really listen to your loved ones as they answer. Don't tell them what or how to think, but listen to their hearts. You might just begin to understand why you have been given the privilege of having this child pass through you into this world. You did not create their destiny even though they share your DNA. Listening to the way they process these questions just might give you an idea of the inclinations of their heart.  

Parents, we are not the ones who created these precious ones who have been given into our care. No, they are the offspring of our heavenly Father, their spiritual Creator...just as you and I are. So listen and learn, so that you can be a part of the legacy that HE wants to leave with this world through the lives of our children. Be the guide in their lives to help steer the inclinations of their heart toward their Creator so they will grow fully into the man or woman God created them to be. 

God has given us an awesome responsibility.  Let's use all we can to help us accomplish His purposes for our children. 

I'm not saying this book is the end all to good parenting...not at all. I just think that it might be another small tool (and a fun one) to help us along the parenting journey. 

My plans for this book? I'll be ordering a second book to give as gifts to my grandsons, Judah and Eli, for Christmas.

You can order your copy here: The Daily Question for You and Your Child: A Three-Year Spiritual Journal

I hope that this book helps to create some very special memories for you and your child! 





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