Winner! Raising Godly Tomatoes!!!

So, we have a winner of this marvelous book!  I did my trusty integer generation magic and  the generator spit out one number…

And there you go!  Stacy!  Email me your address and I’ll zip out your copy ASAP.  Yippie Skippy!

Enjoy the book!

Book Review: Raising Godly Tomatoes ** Win Free Copy**

Title: Raising Godly Tomatoes

Subtitle: Loving Parenting With Only Occasional Trips To the Woodshed

Author: L. Elizabeth Krueger

Publisher’s Synopsis: Weary of struggling with your toddler? Frustrated with the failing advice of secular psychologists and permissive parenting gurus? Leery of the strict focus on rules and the hyper-regimentation advocated elsewhere?

If you are simply looking for a straightforward Biblical approach to parenting that focuses on the heart of your child, as well as his outward actions, then Raising Godly Tomatoes is for you. In these pages you’ll find a wealth of common sense and godly wisdom, a guide to applying reasonable discipline, and instructions on how to build a close relationship with your child.

Raising Godly Tomatoes encourages parents to keep their young children — their little ‘tomatoes’ — lovingly staked to them, in order to train and apprentice them in a godly way of life that will prepare them for Christ’s calling in the future, and render them a pleasure to live with today. Elizabeth is a Christian homeschooling mother of ten children, ages 7 to 27. She lives with her children and her husband of 30 years, in the state of Michigan. She enjoys quilting, riding horses and playing her violin. She also spends much of her spare time encouraging parents daily via her website at
This is one of the most common sense approaches to parenting that I’ve seen in a long time. It has zippo to do with over-spiritualizing our gardening practices and everything to do with proper training of mind, body and spirit of our children.

I found Mrs. Krueger’s book both sensible and balanced. The simple premise is, “Keep children in sight and/or ear shot until you can fully trust them out of sight and/or earshot.”  While not exactly a complicated concept, it is quite revolutionary in today’s parenting climate.

When you think about it, the concept is simple common sense.  If children are to learn how to behave and what is and isn’t acceptable behavior, we must be near them in order to demonstrate proper behavior and nip improper behavior in the bud.

I was surprised by several of the reviews I read on regarding this book. To read what some had to say, you’d think we read entirely different books. Mrs. Krueger encouraged parents to be reasonable, consistent, and most of all, loving! There is no pressure to isolate ourselves from everyone around us and where anyone got that idea, I cannot fathom! There is no encouragement to physical harshness of any kind.  While Mrs. Krueger does not discourage corporal punishment, she certainly does NOT encourage the use of it on whim or for simple childishness.  What is advocated in this book is, as the title says, “occasional” and obviously (if you actually read how she encourages constant loving interaction) nothing extreme or excessively harsh.  While I think the change would be initially difficult for both parent and child, embracing the simple principles of togetherness with your children and the consistent discipleship of their character will certainly foster close and loving relationships. I recommend that readers find Mrs. Krueger’s website by the same name and read excerpts from the book and make an intelligent decision based upon rational assessment rather than overly dramatic misinformation.

I decided to give a copy away to a commenter because I believe that this book could really encourage mothers.  So, to enter, simply post a comment and tell us the best parenting advice you’ve ever received.

Book Review: Dear Mom *Win a FREE Copy*

Dear Mom

by Melody Carlson

Subtitled:  Everything Your Teenage Daughter Wants You to Know but Will NEVER Tell You.

Well, when Waterbrook sent this book, I have to admit, I was curious.  I mean, after all, I have seven daughters, five (or soon to be) of whom are either teens or once were  (Challice has entered the roaring 20’s already).  So, I sat down, and started reading.

First, the book is written as though a very long letter from daughter to mother.  This alone is quite accurate.  Daughters can definitely talk a lot and have a lot to say.  I found it kind of comical how accurate the “book” aspect of the “discussion” was.  As with many books written in the first person, the style gets a bit wearisome.  I found myself needing to read it in chunks rather than in one sitting to avoid brain burn.

However, the content was fairly “dead on” in my experience with girls.  As with a lot of girls, it was a bit overly dramatic at times (My daughters would be a little insulted by the constant insistence that the girl doesn’t know her own mind and is a bundle of contradictions) but for the most part, I could see every frustrated teen age girl I’ve ever known (including myself) in the pages.  I saw their insecurities, their attempts at maturity, and the surprising maturity hidden where the girl probably never looked for it.

As for a target audience, this book isn’t for every mom.  If you understand your daughter, if you have reasonably good communication, then you probably don’t need the book.  Yes, you’ll get something out of it but seriously, spend the time you would spend reading the book just interacting with your daughter.  However, if sometimes you just don’t understand why your girl seems to withdraw from you, why she seems to be a jumble of nerves and hormones, you might benefit from reading this book.  It’s small enough to tuck into your purse and read while waiting for her at the mall, soccer practice, or the movies.  It’s short enough to finish off in a week or two if you just read a few pages at a time.  And, for the most part I think, it’s a book that if your daughter picks up and reads, she’s not going to be offended at the condescending tone of an “expert” telling you where she’s a mess.  I think my girls would get a bit bent out of shape over a few of the stereotypes but then they’ve been raised differently than a lot of kids so they’ve missed some of that.

This book would be beneficial to you if…

  • You have a teen aged daughter and you are struggling with your relationship
  • You have or know a girl in some kind of traditional school and want to understand how to relate to them

The target audience of this book is probably not conservative Christian homeschooling families but I can see how the book would be beneficial to anyone who is in contact with teen aged girls on any kind of a regular basis.  The title is “Dear Mom” but honestly, I think it’d help a Dad understand common feminine teen problems or even help a writer “capture” the essence of modern teen thought.

If you’re really brave, I dare you to buy this book (or win it on my site here!) and hand it to your daughter.  Ask her to critique it, underline or highlight sections that really speak to her, and then see where it goes.  I guarantee you, it won’t be a waste of your time.

Now for the fun stuff!  Waterbrook has generously given me a copy of this book to give away.  In addition, I want this book to get out there to as many people as may want/need it so I’m going to give away my copy too!  Please leave a comment and I’ll do a random number generator on Friday for the winners and get that book shipped out right away.