Friday, March 20, 2015

Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel by Jenny Colgan



Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel by Jenny Colgan, William Morrow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins Publishing), $18.50 list price, paperback (Available March 31, 2015)


Polly has had bad luck as her graphic design and advertising business with partner (in business and love) Chris falls victim to the 2008 recession and they lose it all to bankruptcy. Their relationship is put on hold as Chris goes his way and Polly seeks solace at a run-down and remote seaside resort on the Cornish coast.

To help keep her mind off her troubles, Polly takes up a favorite hobby of baking bread. There is something healing about kneading and pounding the dough and turning it into a loaf of satisfying bread. She shares her bread with the locals and it soon becomes in such high demand that she opens a bakery, named Little Beach Street Bakery, in a reluctant partnership with her landlord who seems to hate her.

This novel is also a romance as Polly meets a local fisherman, a handsome beekeeper, and is still emotionally connected to her former love, Chris. And then there's Neil, the puffin, who also steals her heart.

This was one of the best novels I've read in a while. It was entertaining, light reading and I enjoyed the characters and storyline. Although the book does have closure, I'd love to read a sequel.  This would be a great take-along novel for the beach or vacation.


A New Apostolic Reformation? by R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec


A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement by R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec, Weaver Book Company, $19.99 list price, paperback.

The authors of this book also wrote God's Super Apostles, which is an overview of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. Think of that book as "101" and this one as "201" that goes a step further, digging deeper into the claims of NAR and why much of it is not biblical.

Basically, the NAR is a movement that seeks to return the offices of apostles and prophets, not only to the church in general, but as leadership that the church must submit to. They claim these offices have been long neglected and need to be returned to "their rightful place of rule."

If you have been exposed to the teachings of Bill Johnson and Kris Vallatton of Bethel Church (Redding, CA), Randy Clark, C. Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, Cindy Jacobs, Mike Bickle, and Che Ahn, or follow organizations such as Charisma magazine, Bethel Church, The International House of Prayer (IHOP), Healing Rooms Ministry, GOD TV, Trinity Network (TBN), and the Passion Bible paraphrase by Brian Simmons, then you have been introduced to NAR.

Its teachings include dominionism (taking control of the world in order to restore the Kingdom of God in advance of Christ's return), generational curses, prayer walking (specifically to engage in spiritual warfare in neighborhoods or cities), soaking (often a form of meditation that encourages out of body experiences), spiritual transference of power from a NAR leader to someone else, and spiritual mapping (identifying territories or regions that specific demons have been given to rule, and then driving them out). 

 The authors aim to present a biblical response to this movement and I felt they handled the claims with objectivity and accuracy in their evaluation of it. Their purpose, as they state in the preface, is to convey two major goals: "First, to give people an idea of the sheer size and reach of the NAR movement. And second, to systematize its key teachings and practices and evaluate them on the basis of Scripture and careful reasoning. ...the NAR perspective crosses these boundaries [that is, certain broad parameters, revealed in Scripture and practiced in the historical orthodox church], and it does so in part because of flawed theology rooted in a flawed understanding of Scripture."

Further, the authors are clear they do not link the NAR movement with mainstream Pentecostalism and charismatics, nor do they argue for cessationism (that the miraculous gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 are no longer active today). The focus on the book is to demonstrate how deeply the NAR false teaching has infiltrated the mainstream church, and to show why components of it are unbiblical using scripture itself, and often the very scriptures that NAR leadership uses out of context to support their extremest view of the offices of contemporary apostles and prophets and the supposed authority that comes with those.

 I believe this is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to know the truth about this movement and to be equipped to recognize the false teaching when it comes. I do recommend reading God's Super Apostles as an overview of the NAR, but for more specific information as to why certain teachings do not line up with scripture and who specifically is teaching them, A New Apostolic Reformation is a much-needed book for the church.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The World Needs More Love Letters All-in-One Stationery and Envelopes Pack






The World Needs More Love Letters All-in-One Stationery and Envelopes Pack, Hannah Brencher, Random House Publishers, $12.99 list price.

This is a stationery pack designed by Hannah Brencher, author of If You Find This Letter and founder of The World Needs More Love Letters, that serves as a convenient way to write letters to others, whether people you know or to random strangers as she promotes in her book and website.

The stationery is in notebook form with forty assorted sheets (8 each of 5 designs) that can be removed then folded and sealed to create their own envelopes with a gummed flap at the top of the sheet, and pages of clear self-adhesive seals included for the sides.

The sheets are 7" x 10" and fold to create a 7" x 4.5" envelope.  Both sides of the sheets are decorated in coordinating colorful, modern geometric designs with a white, lined 6" x 8" area on the writing side and a white block for the address on the envelope side. The cover shown in the product photo is an example of one of the designs and how the address area looks.

The inside of the front and back covers include 40 letter writing prompts from Brencher. My favorite was number twenty-one: Write down your best life lessons then leave the letter in a favorite coffee shop for someone else to find.

I tend to write longer letters and like to enclose extras so for me this set is somewhat limiting. But, I also sometimes write random notes to leave for strangers so for that purpose, I like the simplicity of having a sheet of stationery and envelope in one and will be able to put this set to good use. It would be good for traveling or to tuck into a bag or briefcase to write quick letters over lunch, commuting to work, at a coffee shop, etc. I think it would also be a great gift for a child or teenager to encourage them to write letters.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Only God Can Make a Kitten by Rhonda Gowler Greene

 

Only God Can Make a Kitten by Rhonda Gowler Greene (writer) and Laura J. Bryant (illustrator), Zonderkiz (Zondervan Publishing), $12.99 list price, hardcover.

This is a sweet book for children that points to God as the creator of all things as a child's questions about where things come from are answered by his mother. It is written in rhyme with colorful illustrations.

Here's an example:

Mama, look!
There! Shining bright!
Who makes the sparkles in the night?

Always near,
never far,
only God
can make a star.

As with most children's books, this is not deep but I wouldn't expect it to be. It does, however, introduce to young children that all things, including themselves, have been created by God. This is an important first lesson.

I liked the simple rhymes that include flowers, the ocean, trees, fruit, the stars, rocks, birds, and humans. The illustrations are delightful as the reader is taken through a day of discovery with a young boy, his mother, and baby sister.  It would have been nice to have a father present, at least at the end of the book when they return home from their adventure, but it doesn't detract from the overall message of the book.

I'm looking forward to reading this to my granddaughter.

 

 











Saturday, March 7, 2015

God's Super-Apostles by R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec


God's Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement by R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec, Weaver Book Company, $12.99 list price, paperback.

The New Apostolic Reformation is a movement that seeks to return the offices of apostles and prophets, not only to the church in general, but as leadership that the church must submit to. They claim these offices have been long neglected and need to be returned to "their rightful place of rule."

If you have been exposed to the teachings of Bill Johnson and Kris Vallatton of Bethel Church (Redding, CA), Randy Clark, C. Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, Cindy Jacobs, Mike Bickle, and Che Ahn, or follow organizations such as Charisma magazine, Bethel Church, The International House of Prayer (IHOP), Healing Rooms Ministry, GOD TV, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), and the Passion Bible paraphrase by Brian Simmons, then you have been introduced to the NAR. Its teachings include dominionism (taking control of the world in order to restore the Kingdom of God in advance of Christ's return), generational curses, prayer walking (specifically to engage in spiritual warfare in neighborhoods or cities), soaking (often a form of meditation that encourages out of body experiences), spiritual transference of power from a NAR leader to someone else, and spiritual mapping (identifying territories or regions that specific demons have been given to rule, and then driving them out). 

NAR doctrine is also taught under names such as Third Wave, Manifest Sons of God, Kingdom Now, Latter Rain, Word Faith, and Fresh Fire, among others.

This book outlines what the NAR is, how it began, what their mission is as stated by its own leadership, and scrutinizes their claims to having authority over the church. The authors then show through scripture which components of it are false teaching and why.

Technically speaking, it is written in a clear format that documents the facts of what the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement is as defined by its own leaders, who those leaders are and what they say about the mission of the NAR, and what scripture they use to defend their (self) appointment as an apostle or prophet and the authority it gives them.  Then, the authors simply take the scriptures the group uses to make their claims, and the actual words of said leaders, and show why this movement is based more on false teaching and wrong interpretation of scripture than truth. Each chapter addresses a specific component of the movement's teaching. This format appealed to me because I felt it simply presented the facts based on the NAR leadership's own words, then compared that to what the Bible says; focusing more on the facts than opinion.

For me, this book also was a great resource for understanding what the biblical roles of apostles and prophets really were and clarified how those roles might manifest in the modern church, if at all. I found that some of my own understanding was challenged, which I always welcome. They do not "throw the baby out with the bathwater" and deny the possibility of any apostleship or prophetic ministry or exercising certain spiritual gifts in the church; they simply take an overview approach to defining the often subjective teachings of this movement - depending on which leader you listen to or what latest "sign and wonder" is being touted - and compare them to what the Bible really says. If it doesn't pass the test of scripture then it must be considered false teaching.

The book is not anti-charismatic; in fact, many charismatics, including The Assemblies of God leadership, have denounced the NAR. My answer to the critics of this book would also be, if the NAR really is a valid movement based on biblical truth, then there should be no hesitation to have it scrutinized in light of scripture but many of the leadership become very defensive when that happens. That's what we are supposed to do and I feel the authors took a true "Berean" approach in looking at the teaching with an open mind while testing it against scripture in order to validate it as either truth or false.

The chapter contents include:
1. What Is the New Apostolic Reformation?                                                        
2. NAR Apostles: The Generals
3. Apostles in the Bible: A Close Look                                                                 
4. NAR Apostles vs. Apostles in the Bible 
5. NAR Prophets: The Secret Intelligence Agents                                               
6. Prophets in the Bible: A Close Look                                                                 
7. NAR Prophets vs. Prophets in the Bible 
8. Strategic-Level Spiritual Warfare
9. What the Bible Really Teaches About Spiritual Warfare                               
10. Unifying the Forces through “Apostolic Unity”                                           
11. A Miracle-Working Army
12. What the Bible Really Teaches About Miracles  


As an overview of the NAR and their objectives, this as a great resource for anyone who wants the basic facts about the movement. I found it very informative as it answered questions I had about the movement, confirmed why I felt uneasy about some of the teaching, and actually corrected some misconceptions I had as well.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock

 


Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock (Moonlighters Series), Zondervan,$15.99 list price, paperback.


Holly Cramer has made mistakes in the past, including a one-night stand with Creed Kershaw that resulted in the birth of her daughter Lily, whom she adores. She has worked hard to keep the identity of her daughter's father a secret and has avoided all contact with him due to his criminal past.  But when the police come to her home searching for Creed in connection to a drug-related murder, she realizes her secret is no longer hidden.

Holly's worst fears come true when Creed shows up and kidnaps her and Lily as he tries to avoid the police, but she soon sees a tenderness in him toward his daughter and begins to question whether he could be guilty of murder. She also discovers his connection to Leonard Miller, the man who killed her sister's fiance and her brother-in-law, and who has eluded all attempts to bring him to justice.

Holly has to decide whether to trust Creed to lead authorities to Miller and thereby prove his own innocence, or if it is all a lie that will put her, her daughter, and her family in danger.

I enjoyed this latest book in the series, and always appreciate the underlying story of God's redemption for the characters in Blackstock's books, and her ability to create good suspense in the storyline.  Even when the ending isn't always happy, I am never disappointed.

Twisted Innocence is the third book in the series and it could stand alone for someone who hasn't read the previous books as enough background is given, but it would be helpful to read the others first.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward For Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides by Scott Sauls




Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward For Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides by Scott Sauls, Tyndale House Publishers, $15.99 list price, paperback.

From the publisher:
Whether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and science, today’s media pushes each one of us into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides. Polarizing, us-against-them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others. Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the bickering and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts. Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way. Scott shows us how the words and actions of Jesus reveal a response that does not perpetuate the destructive fray. Jesus offers us a way forward—away from harshness, caricatures, and stereotypes. In Jesus Outside the Lines, you will experience a fresh perspective of Jesus, who will not (and should not) fit into the sides.

*****

For me, the best books are those that make me think outside my own box and encourage conversation about things that aren't always comfortable. This is one of those books.

I confess I began reading it with some hesitancy because often, and even within the church, to disagree with someone or to not take the politically correct stance is automatically labeled as intolerant, judgmental, or being un-Christlike. Unfortunately, there are a growing number of Christian books that take that approach but I was glad to discover this author didn't. Instead, his focus is that not every issue needs to become a battle or a reason to take sides; that we can hold to our convictions while not attacking those who do not agree with us. He prefers to label disagreements as critiques in which we ask questions and critique opposing views in light of scripture rather than see the person as the enemy or the idea as an argument to be won at all cost so we can be the one who was the most right. As he advises, "Critique when you must - affirm when you can" (p. 98). It's a good filter to use.

The chapters include the topics of politics, moral and lifestyle choices, wealth vs. poverty, and several other issues that can cause division even though not all are specifically biblical issues (being a Republican vs. a Democrat or how we spend or make our money, for example). The chapter that spoke the most to me was Self-Esteem or God-Esteem that dealt with the issue of pride and caring too much about how others see us instead of who we are in Christ. Often it is pride that drives the need to be right and it's a message I needed to hear as I try to keep the grace filter in place when encountering those I don't agree with.

Striving for a way to disagree without offending or being judgmental is a good message but just as one can become a doctrinal bully on the one hand, there is the concern that this kind of message can have us can swing too far the other way and be so concerned that we not offend that we hesitate to take a stand on issues that are truly biblical ones or that are blatant sin. I felt what was missing in this conversation was how to handle those kinds of issues lovingly with other believers without compromising truth when a confrontation is needed - not to win the argument but because the other person's very eternity may be at stake if they continue down a certain path of false teaching or something the Bible clearly says is sin, yet are not open to being questioned. I understand the "eat the fish, spit out the bones" approach to those we don't completely agree with, but sometimes the whole fish (the opinion or teaching, not the person) is rotten and needs to be confronted. Maybe it is too big of a topic that needs its own book.

That said, over all I do recommend this book because the message of disagreeing without offending and not needing to make everything a battle is a good one and the author encourages us to examine why we are taking sides. Is it for ourselves or for Christ? And if for Christ, are we representing Him well and responding as He would?

I received a copy of this book for review through the Tyndale Blog Network book review program but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.

Friday, February 27, 2015

If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers By Hannah Brencher


If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers by Hannah Brencher, Howard Books (An imprint of Simon & Schuster), $23.00 list price, hardcover.

From the publisher:
A heartwarming memoir of love and faith from Hannah Brencher—founder of The World Needs More Love Letters—who has dedicated her life to showing total strangers that they are not alone in the world.

Fresh out of college, Hannah Brencher moved to New York, expecting her life to look like a scene from Sex and the City. Instead, she found a city full of people who knew where they were going and what they were doing and didn’t have time for a girl still trying to figure it all out. Lonely and depressed, she noticed a woman who looked like she felt the same way on the subway. Hannah did something strange—she wrote the woman a letter. She folded it, scribbled “If you find this letter, it’s for you…” on the front and left it behind.

When she realized that it made her feel better, she started writing and leaving love notes all over the city—in doctor’s offices, in coat pockets, in library books, in bathroom stalls. Feeling crushed within a culture that only felt like connecting on a screen, she poured her heart out to complete strangers. She found solace in the idea that her words might brighten someone’s day.

Hannah’s project took on a life of its own when she made an offer on her blog: She would hand-write a note and mail it to anyone who wanted one. Overnight, her inbox exploded with requests from people all over the world. Nearly 400 handwritten letters later, she started the website, The World Needs More Love Letters, which quickly grew.

There is something about receiving a handwritten note that is so powerful in today’s digital era. If You Find This Letter chronicles Hannah’s attempts to bring more love into the world—and shows how she rediscovered her faith through the movement she started.

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I was happy to receive this book for review because I have personally participated in this campaign to write letters to people I will never meet after a friend introduced me to The World Needs More Love Letters a few years ago. Since that time I have left letters in random places, for people I will not meet, not knowing where they ended up but knowing that the messages of encouragement transcend gender, age, and circumstance. I have also sent letters to specific people whose stories were posted at the website. I knew a little about the author through her website but it was a treat to read her whole story and discover the details of  how and why More Love Letters started.

Hannah's story chronicles the struggle many of us have either gone through at some stage in our lives - or are going through at present - as we've dealt with self-doubt, wanting to know what we are doing matters, finding faith, and realizing that helping others often goes a long way in taking the focus off of our own struggles. For her, writing letters to strangers was not only a way to cope with her own loneliness and doubt, it created the epiphany she needed to grow in her faith and find purpose in her life.

It isn't a riveting memoir full of adventure in exotic locations, but it is still captivating. I read it in one day because I was caught up in Hannah's story and how that first letter to a stranger became her life's mission.

If I sent a letter to Hannah, this is what I would say:

Dear Hannah,

Thank you for sharing your journey with me. I was hesitant at first to read a memoir by someone in their 20's because I doubted someone so young would have much wisdom to pass on to me, a 58-year-old married mom to four grown kids and grandma to one. But you proved me wrong. In the pages of your book I saw honesty, grace, and perseverance that I haven't seen in very many people, young or old. Most of all I saw a heart tender to the need of others to just be seen and affirmed as worthy and loved  - something we all can use more of. As I got to the end of your book, I was happy to see that you not only found a way to extend that kind of grace to others, you learned to extend it to yourself as well. Some books challenge us to become our best selves and yours is one of those. And in your journey, God was there all along. If He always made the path easy, the lessons learned would too soon be forgotten. Never doubt His love for you or His presence even if it isn't always obvious, and never fear tomorrow because He is already there.

"We look for visions from heaven and for earth-shaking events to see God’s power. ...Yet we never realize that all the time God is at work in our everyday events and in the people around us. If we will only obey, and do the task that He has placed closest to us, we will see Him. One of the most amazing revelations of God comes to us when we learn that it is in the everyday things of life that we realize the magnificent deity of Jesus Christ." - Oswald Chambers

Love,
Cindy

p.s. I like your mom. 







Against the Grain by Nancy Cain


Against the Grain: Extraordinary Gluten-Free Recipes Made From Real, All-Natural Ingredients by Nancy Cain, Clarkson Potter Publisher, $27.50 list price, paperback.

I have tried some gluten-free recipes that turned out ok but probably won't be used again because they lacked the taste and texture of the original versions I was used to. Another deterrent for me is that the ingredients are either not easy to find or are unappealing. That's why I like Against the Grain. The recipes use simple, real food ingredients while remaining gluten-free for those who need to avoid wheat and other gluten-containing foods.

The primary flour ingredients for baking in this cookbook include tapioca starch, rice flour, coconut flour, light buckwheat flour, and potato starch. These are all-natural foods and seem to be easily found in larger grocery stores as well as specialty stores.

I tried one recipe so far, Buckwheat Waffles, with good results. In reading through the book, there really wasn't any recipe that I wouldn't be willing to try and all had ingredients that I know I can find at my local grocery store. There are plenty of baked goods included but also main dishes such as pizzas, sandwiches, soups, and casseroles. But the next recipe I will try is the applesauce cake with brown sugar caramel glaze that uses a combination of brown rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca starch. The photo alone convinced me that it will be worth it. Some of the recipes require a food processor to prepare certain ingredients (like making nut butters) and I don't have one so I will probably not attempt those unless I can find the ingredient ready made.

The photos in the book are beautiful and inspire me to want to try more of the recipes. My only complaint is that the book doesn't lay open very well when trying to use it in the kitchen. It isn't a reason to not purchase the book, but I do wish publishers would consider that a functional cookbook - perhaps with spiral binding - is more likely to get used.

Over all I think this is an excellent choice for anyone needing tasty gluten-free alternatives, either for themselves or a family member.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success by Tovah P. Klein


How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success by Tovah P. Klein, PhD, Touchstone (an imprint of Simon & Schuster Publishing), $16.00 list price, paperback.

From the publisher:
Dr. Tovah Klein, called “the toddler whisperer” on Good Morning America, has penned “a parenting milestone” (Dr. Harvey Rotbart, No Regrets Parenting) with How Toddlers Thrive, which shows parents of children ages two to five how to harness the singular power of the toddler mind during what might be the most crucial time of a child’s brain development, to plant the seeds of lifelong  success.

Why do some children thrive, and others struggle? The answers may surprise you. New research indicates that the seeds for adult success are actually planted in the toddler years.

Dr. Tovah Klein’s research and firsthand work with thousands of toddlers explains why the toddler brain is best suited to laying the foundation for success. Dr. Klein reveals the new science behind drivers such as resilience, self-reliance, self-regulation, and empathy that are more critical to success than simple intelligence. She explains what you can do today to instill these key qualities in your toddler during this crucial time, so they are on track and ready to learn when they enter school at age five.
 

How Toddlers Thrive explains why the toddler years are different than any other period during childhood. She shows what is happening in children’s brains and bodies at this age that makes their behavior so turbulent, and why your reaction to their behavior—the way you speak to, speak about, and act toward your toddler—holds the key to a successful tomorrow and a happier today. This provocative book will inspire you to be a better parent, and give you the tools to help you nurture your child’s full potential. A smart and  useful guide, this book cracks the preschooler code, revealing what you can do to help your toddler grow into a fulfilled child and adult—while helping you and your toddler live more happily together now, and every day.


Why do some children thrive, and others struggle? The answers may surprise you. New research indicates that the seeds for adult success are actually planted in the toddler years.

Dr. Tovah Klein’s research and firsthand work with thousands of toddlers explains why the toddler brain is best suited to laying the foundation for success. Dr. Klein reveals the new science behind drivers such as resilience, self-reliance, self-regulation, and empathy that are more critical to success than simple intelligence. She explains what you can do today to instill these key qualities in your toddler during this crucial time, so they are on track and ready to learn when they enter school at age five.

How Toddlers Thrive explains why the toddler years are different than any other period during childhood. She shows what is happening in children’s brains and bodies at this age that makes their behavior so turbulent, and why your reaction to their behavior—the way you speak to, speak about, and act toward your toddler—holds the key to a successful tomorrow and a happier today. This provocative book will inspire you to be a better parent, and give you the tools to help you nurture your child’s full potential. A smart and useful guide, this book cracks the preschooler code, revealing what you can do to help your toddler grow into a fulfilled child and adult—while helping you and your toddler live more happily together now, and every day.
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As a parent of now adult children, I've been through the toddler years four times. There were things in this book that I wish I had understood better back then such as the message that it is not the parents' job to make their toddler happy; their job is to help the toddler find appropriate ways to cope with unhappiness. I also didn't realize how much toddlers resist change and the anxiety it can cause which explains why something as seemingly benign as putting stuffed animals away in a different order than usual can send a three-year-old into a meltdown. To us as adults, it seems no big deal but to a toddler something major has happened and it can be upsetting. I would have been more patient with things like that had I known better how important structure and routine are to toddlers.

I also like that this book is not about permissiveness and lack of discipline. The author stresses that the parent is in control and that being present and consistent are important in raising a toddler. The book has many examples of situations parents of toddlers face with helpful suggestions for handling them. There are several pieces of advice that I agree with such as approaching raising toddlers with a sense of humor intact (good for parenting in general, actually), slow down and understand that a toddler's development takes time, and remember how little your child really is. As a toddler, they have only been in this world a short time, barely past their baby years.

The book topics include understanding the mind of a toddler and how to crack the code of their emotions, how they learn, why they do the things they do, and the importance of routines. It is a good source of common-sense information that is practical and easily implemented, and is a book that would not only benefit parents of toddlers but also grandparents and teachers and anyone else who interacts with this age group.