Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bringing Up Girls

As a response to the widely popular, Bringing Up Boys, Dr. Dobson gives us his latest book addressing the joys and struggles of raising daughters.

The book is full of surveys, data, anecdotes, personal accounts, and good advice for parents. With all the research included, I am sure Dr. Dobson had to limit the information to keep the book under 300 pages. He could write an encyclopedia addressing this issue. However, he knows that parents do not have the luxury of time and need a book that can guide us without overwhelming us.

I am disappointed with one bit of information. In chapter 11, the song "Cinderella" from Steven Curtis Chapman is quoted with the story about how he wrote this song after his 5 year old daughter died. It was a tragic event that many in the Christian community remember. Dr. Dobson states that Chapman wrote this song after his daughter died when in fact Chapman wrote this song before she died when he produced the album, This Moment, in 2008. The real redemption story is that Chapman sang this song at concerts after his daughter died as a testament to healing and restoration after her death.

I hope this the only error in this book because it really is a good book. Parents are facing an uphill battle in raising children, and to raise good kids, it is an even harder task. I appreciate all the wisdom and advice found within Bringing Up Girls.

Tyndale has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

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