Monday, May 25, 2015

Never Say No: A Book Review & Blog Tour

**I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group. All thoughts are 100% my own.

Never Say No.

If someone gave you this piece of parenting advice, what would you think? Chances are you'd think they were pretty crazy, right? I mean, that sounds like awful advice. Never say no? How will our kids learn boundaries? How will they learn how to overcome challenges? How will they learn that they are not the center of the universe? Never say no sounds like just the advice that would lead to a generation of spoiled kids who always get their way. Not the advice of parents raising Godly children who put others before themselves.

And yet, when asked the question, "How did you raise your kids?" this is just the answer that Mark and Jan Foreman- parents of Switchfoot's Jon and Tim Foreman- gave. And this is the topic they discuss in their new book, Never Say No.

About the book:

The question Mark and Jan Foreman are most often asked is: How did you raise your kids?
Mark and Jan Foreman’s adult sons Jon and Tim Foreman of Switchfoot have influenced their world not only by a successful music career but also through their positive impact on communities around the globe. The Foreman parents instilled in their sons a belief that they could make a difference by living beyond themselves.

This powerful book gives readers an inside look at the process. It begins with both parent and child finding their identity in God. It then explores practical ways to encourage holistic learning while cultivating specific gifts, nurturing creativity in a media-saturated culture, and balancing structure with individual choice. Never Say No inspires readers to raise children to live in the wonder of life by loving others well. Parents will find encouragement for their own parenting journey as they guide their kids to live out God’s purpose in radical ways.

About the author: 
Jan and Mark Foreman live in the San Diego area, where Mark is lead pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel. Mark is the author of Wholly Jesus, and holds advanced degrees in Theology, Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Pastoral Care. Jan is a gifted teacher, artist, and she also facilitates partnerships with underprivileged women and children both locally and in developing countries. Together they love surfing, sailing, travel and especially being with their family.

If you hadn't figured out from the description, this is not a book about not setting boundaries for your children. It is not a book about giving them every little thing they ask for. It's not a guide to raising children who never hear the word no. Instead, its a book that encourages us to never say no to encouraging our children. To raise children who have passion, interests and who believe that they can accomplish anything. To raise children who are about more than themselves.

This is truly a wonderful book for all parents to read featuring great inspiration for raising big picture kids, questions to ponder and so much more. But beyond that, it is also a truly wonderful story about a family. Though I took a lot away from it to inspire my parenting, more than anything I felt it was a wonderful glimpse into the life of this family. It was less of a how-to, and more of a how-we-did. Inspiring, entertaining and truly a great read for all parents.

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  1. I'm not going to lie.... I was totally skeptical and didn't even plan on reading this review! I hate our entitled generation!! But honestly, after reading this I'll have to check it out! It sounds like a great read :)

  2. This sounds like an interesting read, I'll check it out!

  3. I understand the theory they're explaining in this book. At first, it sounds strange but, I believe it's also learning a new way of communicating with our children that is positive and not negative. Thank-you for the review. :)

  4. I think this sounds like a great read!! Great parenting tips, it takes time to think about their parenting style!

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