Book Review: Strong and Kind

October 29, 2015

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Over the last couple of weeks, I had the privilege of reading the book Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson. I'd like to share my thoughts with you in this review, and encourage you to purchase a copy for your home library. Jump start your family on the path toward unity.

About the book: In her new book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, Korie Robertson - New York Times bestselling author, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, and mother of five - argues that developing good character in our children is the single most important thing we can do to help ensure they lead happy, healthy adult lives.  Robertson explores key traits and what they truly look like in action, asks readers to select the two traits that they hope to see most in their children, and shares hands-on ways for nurturing strength of character.  Written with her mother Chrys Howard and featuring stories and wisdom from husband Willie, STRONG and KIND cuts through the contemporary cacophony of parenting manuals to rediscover, unfold, and embrace the enduring wisdom that has guided the best parents for centuries. 
I'll admit that I'm typically not much of a reader, however I was interested in this book for two main reasons. First, it's about Christian parenting. With two older elementary-aged kids of my own, I was looking for something to help me in the transition from childhood to adolescence. Secondly, I was curious about Korie Robertson because of her Duck Dynasty fame. When we see TV personalities who claim Christianity, it's normally hit or miss with regard to authenticity. It's nice to see that she and Willie are both genuine and love Jesus.

Strong and Kind is a practical, hands on approach to Godly parenting. It's a guide for establishing two character traits on which your family can focus, such as honesty and joy. As the title indicates, the Robertsons chose strong and kind as the focus in their home. This book inspired me to encourage our family to focus on these two attributes -- compassion and diligence. Compassion is not simply to feel sorry for someone or a situation, but it drives us to do something about it. A couple years ago, I found a great way to define diligence: start quickly, work hard, and finish strong. These two characteristics are something I hope my children, as well as their parents, strive to accomplish. Yes, it requires parents to walk the talk too. What better way to instill qualities in our kids than to strive for them ourselves!

This book is a must-have for your family. Use it as a launching point to get your family talking and spending time together, resulting in a unified home that moves closer to God each day.

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