Friday, May 7, 2010

Parenting Is Your Highest Calling (& other myths)

Another book completed.  An upside to being cooped up in a trailer for a few weeks is, more time to read.

"Parenting is Your Highest Calling; and 8 other myths that trap us in worry & guilt"  by Leslie Leyland Fields is a really good book.  Seriously.  If you are the sort who wants to read every good parenting book out there, you need to read this one.  If you aren't into reading parenting books, read this one anyway!  It is excellent. 

The myths Leslie aims to bust are -
1 - Having Children Makes You Happy & Fulfilled
2 - Nurturing Your Children is Natural & Instinctive
3 - Parenting is Your Highest Calling
4 - Good Parenting Leads to Happy Children
5 - If You Find Parenting Difficult, You Must Not Be Following the Right Plan
6 - You Represent Jesus to Your Children
7 - You Will Always Find Unconditional Love For Your Children
8 - Successful Parents Produce Godly Children
9 - God Approves of Only One Family Design

The clarity of Leslie's writing is amazing.  As I was reading, I was having "light bulb" moments, over & over again.  I don't want to attempt to summarize her book.  She says everything so brilliantly.  I could never compare. 

I want all of you guys to have this book.  So, I'm going to give one away.  In honor of Mother's Day.  In honor of my baby's 1st birthday.  In celebration of my reading so many books lately.  Whatever.  It's just a giveaway. 

#1 - Leave a comment here, before May 22nd (midnight PST).
#2 - Make sure your comment has an email address so I can contact you to tell you if you have won.
#3 - For a second entry, become a follower of my blog.

16 comments:

Nini said...

Erin! You are on a blogging role and now doing a giveaway! Nice! I have enjoyed your blog lately. Thanks for putting yourself out there and for being so real. Hope you are enjoying your time away. And...even though I already said it, I love your elephants!

Stef said...

Sounds like an excellent read!! I'll join in the fun. We just finished our all time favorite parenting book, so we're open to finding more!

stef@jastef.net

Tina said...

I would say, pick me, but I already bought it off your Amazon link! Can't wait to get started reading it. So...if I win, I will have to think of someone to give it to!

Melissa Joy said...

Okay... so ummm, I don't think I have ever read a specific *parenting* book (unless you would count one of Nancy Wilson's books - and I don't).
Is that weird? :)

mjbc07 at yahoo dot com

Stef said...

Melissa, as long as you read God's word for parenting instruction, you're good :-)

I think these extra books are often just that - extra treasures of wisdom, from other more experienced, seasoned parents. I've often found asking questions in person to parents I highly respect and have been able to see them in action is very helpful for me. Truly good, helpful (and Biblical) parenting books are actually hard to come by... that's why I'm eager to read this one Erin likes!!

Krista said...

I would love to read this book! And I think you know my email. :)

Steph said...

Wow, Erin, I am really wanting to read this book now! Thanks for posting about it.

So.. stephkv@gmail.com

Hope you guys are having a great time!

Charlotte said...

This sounds like such a great book! Thanks for reviewing it and having a giveaway!!

joyfulheartsandfaces at gmail dot com

LindaFaye said...

You have mentioned this book to me before and I think I'll have to check it out for sure now that you've shared your good words twice! I think each of the myths you listed are HUGE!! I feel a bit of freedom just reading the list. :)

Karie said...

Thanks, Erin! Please add my name to the give away. You have my email, no?

And, I'm already a blog follower if that counts for another entry.

Hummingbirder said...

Sounds like a great book...I'd love to read it. Thanks for doing a giveaway!
tkcdeanna@cs.com

big hair betty said...

Oh, you know how I love giveaways! I'd love to read this book!

Sally said...

Erin -

I didn't join the giveaway because I'm trying (TRYING) to own fewer books, so instead I just checked it out from the library.

Wow, what a great book. It really hit home on a few points for me. I'm so glad I read it, I may re-read it before I return it. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

Karie said...

Thanks, Erin! Please add my name to the give away. You have my email, no?

And, I'm already a blog follower if that counts for another entry.

Stef said...

Sounds like an excellent read!! I'll join in the fun. We just finished our all time favorite parenting book, so we're open to finding more!

stef@jastef.net

Steph said...

Wow, Erin, I am really wanting to read this book now! Thanks for posting about it.

So.. stephkv@gmail.com

Hope you guys are having a great time!