"Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman's life. Drawing from years of ministering to youth and to women and from her own parenting experience, Rhonda provides refreshingly relevant guidance, biblical and contemporary examples, and humorous insights to help each listener discover how to guide a son without hovering and smothering; how every action and choice can serve a godly goal; ways to communicate so a boy will listen and be heard; and God's power and grace to become-and give-her best.
Packed with practical help from parenting experts and other moms, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man."
- powerful audio book for Moms!
This was my first time reading and reviewing an audio book! (truly!) I enjoyed listening to it in the car back and forth to work every morning after I dropped my son off at summer camp.
I learned that I need to work on having more peaceful responses to the chaos of life instead of letting the daily events and to do lists stress me out and cause stress to family members.
I liked that she emphasized the importance of being a godly mother and using the Bible and older women as an example and for help.
I learned the importance of seeking after the Lord in every situation and to not let daily events determine my emotions for the day. Which is hard to do by the way! I liked all the practical advice and scripture references.
I have read books by this author and have really enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed listening to this book.
I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
- Inspiring moms to be intentional
ive stars is not enough for this book. This one was a game changer - really a life changer for me. I listened to this one. The author read the book, and I think that added so much credibility to the story. Because I was listening, I felt like I was receiving biblical wisdom from a mentor sitting across the table from me. Her voice was one that I wanted to continue listening to as she is very compelling. Sometimes parenting books can make you feel inept and and like a failure. The stories that she shared and the verses that she applied to parenting inspired me.
The author does not claim to be an expert. Instead she shares her own stories of parenting in the trenches. Now she is a grandmother. The fact that she is presenting tried and true advice from her own failures and successes makes a difference - there is value in the legitimacy of her experiences. Solid gold suggestions.
This book is not geared only toward single moms. But it is focused on how every mom can make a difference in the lives of her son(s). I have three boys that are in their teens, and I feel like the application was as practical for me as for a mom who has just started the parenting process. Some of the tips also apply to the raising of our daughter.
Rather than minimizing the impact that dads make, this book talks about how moms can pass on the baton to fathers at certain key moments. And for those without a father figure, finding a godly man to be a mentor is definitely encouraged. Boys need dads as they grow to maturity. I feel like I can better support my husbkah. and's influence because I was reminded again just as to how important his part is in the process.
This may not be the book for you if you are opposed to the Bible. Scripture is definitely an important part of this title. I feel like the author applied verses and stories in an enlightening way. She did not take anything out of context.
The one who impacted me the most was her telling about Rebekah. I had not noticed before as to how much her manipulation in Genesis 27 and 28 ended up destroying her family. By making things happen, she rushed ahead of God's plans and created chaos. May I never resort to that approach.
This will be a book that I consult again. It may become an annual listen or read. This is a book that I will be gifting to new moms. I have already personally recommended this one to so many people.
I appreciated being provided a copy of the audiobook as a part of a book tour. I did not have to review this book. But I definitely wanted to do so. All opinions are my own.
- I Cannot Rave About It Enough!
I have been blessed to be the mom of two amazing boys, but there are times I wonder if I am doing it right. I have always been a girly girl by nature, so when I ended up with all boys to raise it was a little bit of shell shock, to say the least. Luckily I have learned on the job, and grew with them, but I wish I would've had a resource like Moms Raising Sons to Be Men when they were younger. However, I am thankful that I have this resource now and can still apply many of the applications to my parenting arsenal, even with my boys being teenagers.
Moms Raising Sons to Be Men is full of practical applications and helpful Scripture references that led me to further study, going even beyond parenting. I listened to the audiobook, but I am seriously considering purchasing a physical copy so I can take more notes.
One thing I loved about the audiobook was how calming Rhonda Stoppe's voice is! This book was perfect to listen to while driving to appointments, and brought up so many good points that got me really thinking about how I parent my boys, and adjustments I can make to help them better become men, while at said appointments. Rhonda has a good pace, the different sections are easy to recognize, and I never felt myself lost, even with having to start and stop several times.
One of the biggest parts that has continued to stick with me was letting my boys go, and trusting that God will take care of them. My boys are 16 and 14, so the thought of them leaving the nest is very real, very scary, and happening sooner than I'd care to admit. The thought of them being out in this scary world alone is frightening! But I've always had a strong faith for myself, so why wouldn't I have that same faith with my boys?
Listening to Rhonda was like listening to a friend give advice, and discuss their faith and the Bible, and I could see this being a wonderful resource for a Christian mom group, as well as for personal study. I can't rave about Moms Raising Sons to Be Men enough and highly recommend!
*I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this audiobook which I received from the author/publisher through JustRead Tours. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own.
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I listened to this book over the course of a week. The audiobook is divided into two parts: Lessons from Moms of the Bible, and Guide Your Son Toward Godly Manhood. I have read the bible, I am familiar with some of the stories the author references. Listening to her describe those bible stories from a mother's point of view made me appreciate them more. I love connecting myself to the bible like that. The bible is God's guide and instructions to us even for common parenting struggles that we deal with.
The second part of this book is about raising sons with Godly characteristics and biblical thinking. I have a stepson that I have been around since he was 3 years old. Its hard sometimes, wanting to take care of and protect children while also wanting them to be productive and successful humans. There was a part in this book where Rhonda shared a story about having an argument with her son that I really connected with. When she stepped back and let her husband take the lead and demand accountability from their son, behavior changed and their relationship was better. I loved that.
Not every mom has a husband or willing partner, Rhonda lightly addresses that as well. This book would definitely be beneficial for all mothers, not just ones that have a father-figure at home. The main ideas still hold true, being a mother is an important ministry.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.