Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Raising a Princess

Author: John Croyle
Publisher: Broadman & Holman
April 2014
ISBN: 978-1433680731
Genre: Nonfiction/Raising Daughters

The Bible’s frequently referenced chapter of Proverbs 31 defines godly womanhood. In Raising a Princess, greatly respected child advocate John Croyle asks, "How do you equip a daughter to become the kind of woman who is described in Proverbs 31?"

After all, a woman like that doesn't appear out of nowhere. Somebody taught her to rise before dawn to provide for her household. Somebody gave her the moral compass to reach out her hand to the needy. Somebody taught her the business principles that made it possible for her to consider a field and buy it. Perhaps most importantly, somebody gave her a sufficiently strong sense of self that made it possible for her to go out and make a huge impact on the world around her.

RAISING A PRINCESS begins with the end in mind. The end is the Proverbs 31 woman; Croyle keeps her squarely in view as he looks at what parenting techniques help the reader to raise a princess who will someday be a queen.

Based on Croyle's life and experience parenting more than 1,800 abused and neglected children at Big Oak Ranch, alongside his two biological children, the book is organized around eight virtues a parent can build in his or her princess:

P: Praiseworthiness
R: Righteousness
I: Initiative
N: Nurture
C: Character
E: Empowerment
S: Servant-Heartedness
S: Stability

Mr. Croyle writes from his experience of working with abused girls at the Big Oak Ranch, as he says above. He has a lot of valuable advice that we as parents (whether we're the dad or mom) need to impart into our daughters. They need to know they are valuable, and how to respect themselves. They need to know that what the world teaches (sex, immodest dress, etc) is not respecting themselves.

As the mother of three girls I really respect Mr. Croyle's views. He has a lot of wise advice, some that should come naturally to us as parents, and some that you don't even think of covering. Some excellent stories are included.

And for those with hearts toward the hurting, you will learn a lot about some girls' situations and why they are put into homes or sent to Big Oak Ranch.  I recommend RAISING A PRINCESS to all parents of girls. 

$14.99. 188 Pages. 

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