Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tackle it Tuesday

For the past weeks, Partners in Prayer has been dedicated to some very real....authentic parenting posts. (For the most recent Dear Son update, click here). Before my son's treatment journey became a reality, I agreed to host a blog tour for Mary DeMuth's new book, Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture. I first discovered Mary's blog about a year ago and immediately read her debut faith-based novel, Watching the Tree Limbs. I could not wait for the sequel, Wishing on Dandelions and was not diappointed! Her gifted writing style was only one of the reasons I agreed to host a blogging tour for her new release, Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, Practical Help for Shaping Your Children's Hearts, Minds, and Souls.

Mary's sensitivity and grace while writing about the topic of sexual abuse drew me to her heart. If you've already read these books, you, no doubt, have a special place in your heart for Maranatha, a young East Texas girl whose journey through dark and painful circumstances brings her (and the reader) to the hope and healing that only Jesus can bring. After reading her previous novels, I knew I could trust her as she tackled a topic that holds insidious consequences of its own; postmodern thinking.

I began reading this book the week I was doing research, trying to find a dual diagnosis behavorial treatment facility for our adult son. My first thought after reading Chapter One was simple: it can be said, I am "Jacob's" parent. Where was this book when my children were younger! Had I raised my son, preparing him for independent life only to discover that he had entered a shifting culture that no longer valued foundational core beliefs (absolute truth) and now calls them obscure? This book tackles the very real issue that "[our] children are growing up in a world that's different from the one you [and I] knew as a child. In this postmodern culture, people are discovering and living out truth in radically new ways. Mary DeMuth highlights the pitfalls of this new worldview and demonstrates how you can use its strengths to enhance your relationships with your children and prepare them to genuinely live out and effectively communicate the good news of Jesus Christ." (Authentic Parenting...)

Should you be the parent of young children, this book is a must-have resource as you nurture your young ones to adulthood in an emerging culture. If you, as I am, are the parent of adult children, it is a bonus resource to help us understand the world that our adult children are trying to navigate through. It is filled with shifting thinking; insidious attacks are being made on foundational values--the very values we imparted to our children as they were growing up. At every turn they feel the conflict of this new philosophy as they try to balance the old with the new. Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture is an important book for every parent who wants to empower their children at any age to better "engage with the people who populate the world." That's for me....that's for you! So should you need a great parenting book to tackle this Tuesday....order your signed copy today. And don't forget to visit the other blogs participating in the Authentic Parenting Tour this week:

A Latte and Some Words
Chat ‘n’ Chew Cafe
Experiencing the Journey
Fabric, Paper, Thread
Fictional Journey
Haruah - Breath of Heaven
I Wish You Enough
Leanna Ellis
Margaret Daley
Partners in Prayer for our Prodigals
Raindancer’s Map of Memories
Robyn’s Ramblings
See Ya On the Net
Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna
Sormag Online Tours
The Authentic You
The Spiritual Mom
Why Didn’t You Warn Me?
Write from my Heart

Happy reading! Happy Tackle It Tuesday!


rcloenen-ruiz said...

I like how this blog tour brings me to blogs I haven't read before. Thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving a comment. Happy Blog Tour week to you too.

Crystal Warren Miller said...

Diane! Great blog on Mary--I've learned so much.

What a warm blog you have. Lots of good things. I like the Wordless Wednesdays! So cool.

relevantgirl said...

Diane, I appreciate your part of th Authentic Parenting tour. Thanks for putting your two cents worth in as well.
Mary E. DeMuth