Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Book Study Update

Hello Friends!

I am excited that several of you have commented or e-mailed that you would like to participate in this study of Ginger Plowman’s Don’t Make Me Count To Three!.  Several of you have asked exactly how I will structure the group, so I’ll give you more information.

I know that everyone is busy, busy, busy.  This is one reason I want to go slowly through the book…just one chapter per week.  The chapters are pretty short, too.  I also want to go slowly because I feel that by doing so, we can internalize and reflect more thoroughly on how God would have us parent our little ones. 

The first time I read this book, I couldn’t put it down.  I read it in a couple of afternoons.  (I actually took Grace to the McDonald’s playground and told her to go play so I could read uninterrupted!)  If you find yourself reading more than one chapter per week, that’s fine!  Just go back with us and refresh yourself on the chapter each week.

The purpose of this book study is to fellowship with other moms as we explore how God would have us parent our little ones.  Of course, God’s Word is the ultimate authority on this subject.  One of the many reasons I love this book is because Ginger helps us learn how to apply the Scriptures to the training of our children. 

The purpose of this study is not to just share our triumphs and fabulous success stories on our parenting journey.  (Although those stories are encouraging, too!)  I plan to be very real and share the good, bad, and ugly.  This gift of parenting has been both a joy and a challenge, and I’ve examined my heart more over the past four years of being a mom than I did the other 30 years of my life. 

Now concerning the format…I’ll post on one chapter every week.  I’ll write a brief outline, throw in some thoughts/stories, and share how God is working in my life in that particular area.  I’ll probably throw out a couple of discussion questions and invite you to join in by posting comments.  Of course, you can choose to just read along, but I hope that you will be led to join in the discussion!  After all, it’s comforting to know that other moms are going through similar things!

Just to give everyone time to buy, beg, or borrow the book, I’ll share my first post on the Preface/Ch. 1 on Monday, Jan. 19th.  I invite you to read through the end of Ch. 1 by then so you can join in the discussion! 

Many blessings to you!


Mrs. Sprinkles said...

Looking forward to it!

Christa said...

Oh, I'd love to be in on this. We are headed out for errands tomorrow, so I will try to pick it up then. Looking forward to it.

Christa said...

my book came in the mail today. Looking forward to the discussion on monday.

Joanna J. said...

I'm glad your book came in! I'm excited to start, too. So far, there are ten people who have committed to following along with us. My hubby even joined the bandwagon as the token male! Looking forward to much discussion....

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. My stepdaught is 34, so I won't be taking part in the study, but I wanted to say I may buy the book for a young mother who is in our Bible group. She brings her baby everyweek and we all want her to raise the baby in a Godly household with Godly ways. Maybe this would help her. She won't be participating in with your group, but she could read it on her own.