Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Litfuse Review:How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You? by:Rachael Carman

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?: What God wants us to hear when we talk to our kids
About the Book:
“I remember the day you were born.”
“Turn down the music!”
“This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”
“Hold my hand.”
You’ve probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to
what you’re saying? In fact, your heavenly Father wants to tell you many
of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when
you’re raising children—she has seven! But this lovely devotional book
will help you to hear God’s still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools,
cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn how to recognize God’s
instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.

About the Author:
Rachael Carman is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart's desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.

My Review:
 All the things that were said to you over the course of your life, by your parents somehow always find a way to follow you long after you leave their home. And speaking from a different viewpoint long after they both passed on to the next life. In How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You, the author takes life's lessons and shows us the "God" lessons in each one. My favorite section of the book is Chapter 35, This Is Going to Hurt Me More Than Its Going to Hurt You. The author talks about a time that she and her husband had to reinforce discipline to their son. During this time it sort of rained on everyone's parade, because not only was their son upset they too knowing what he was missing because he was being punished they were sad as well.

 The author shares her life with us, good or bad big or small and to state it simply, I get it. I so get her point and it's sad really. I have had many talks with my husband on this matter, as well. I wondered one day, do we make God sad? Do we make Him sad when for the umpteenth time he has tried to teach us something and we have yet to get it? And on those days when we have once again failed, how does that make Him feel? As I pondered this I burst into tears, why can't I get this right, if for nothing else but to be pleasing to Him? I have been working harder since that day of awakening, trying to be better, trying to do better---just trying my best to do right by my Father. I'm sure I will fail more than I will succeed, but I hope he knows how much I love Him for just loving me and how much I cherish His thoughts of me. If you ever get the amazing chance to meet God, I promise you will NEVER regret it! He is the best thing that has ever happened in my life and I know He will be in yours, as well!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.