Monday, April 15, 2013

Book Review: "Lead Your Family Like Jesus" by Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges, and Tricia Goyer

Lead Your Family Like Jesus Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges, and Tricia Goyer
Published: April 1, 2013
ISBN-10: 1589977203
Genre: Christianity
Source: LitFuse Publicity Group
Recommended for readers interested in Christian Parenting

Does your family need an event planner to get organized?  A psychologist to calm the drama?  A playground monitor to halt the hair-pulling?  When it comes to family leadership, what your children really need, acting like Jesus.

Sound Scary?  Let Ken Blanchard, best-selling coauthor of The One Minute Manager (R) and Lead Like Jesus, show how to become more like your ultimate role model, the Son of God.  Joined by veteran parents and authors Phil Hodges and Tricia Goyer, legendary mentor Blanchard explains how every family member benefits when parents take the reins as servant-leaders.

Lead Your Family Like Jesus reveals twelve priceless parenting principles based on the Savior's life and teachings--from "Say Yes to the Best and No to the Rest" to "Know the Difference Between a Crisis and a Bump in the Road."  You'll discover how your heart, head, hands, and habits can work together as you serve your way to a truly Christ-centered family.

My thoughts:
I will admit that I was skeptical to read this book.  It is published by Focus on the Family and I am not a fan of that organization.  However, I've noticed that with the new leadership, Focus on the Family has toned down its rhetoric just a bit so I decided to give this book a try.

Fortunately, I found no trace of what I would consider close-minded philosophies in this book.  Instead, I found a straight-forward parenting book from a Christian perspective.

The book has 3 authors--I am not usually a fan of books written by more than one author, but Lead Your Family Like Jesus is able to miss many of the multi-author pitfalls by being very clear about which author is writing each section.  The three authors come from different points of view--or, to be more accurate, one of these writers is not like the others.  While Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges are both "seasoned" fathers, Tricia Goyer comes from the mother's, and younger, point of view.  I found her sections to be the most enjoyable, not only because I could relate most closely with her but also because of her "looser" style.  There are also many little vignettes throughout the book from "real" parents that bring the points home.

The strength of this book is its organization.  The format of the book is very clearly laid out in the introduction and it is followed to a T.  However, this organization also hurts the book.  Frankly, I felt I would have been better off just watching the three authors stand at the front of a room and give a power point presentation.  Truly, Lead Your Family Like Jesus is written more like a business manual than a parenting book.

Finally, I have to say that there was really nothing new in this book.  The same information could be found in more readable books (one book that comes to mind is Jen Hatmaker's Out of the Spin Cycle).  While there is nothing wrong with this book, I just felt that it was overly dry.

I received a copy of this book to review from LitFuse Publicity Group.  All opinions are mine, and mine alone, and I received no other compensation for this review.

Celebrate the release of Lead Your Family Like Jesus with Tricia by entering her iPad Mini Giveaway and RSVPing for the Lead, Momma Lead LIVE Webcast Event (with MomLife Today's Tracey Eyster) on April 16th.


  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Tricia Goyer library 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 15th. Winner will be announced at the "Lead, Momma Lead" Live Webcast Event on April 16th. Connect with authors and everyday moms, Tricia Goyer and Tracey Eyster, for an evening of sharing and perspective-changing encouragement for leading your family. Tricia and Tracey will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Lead Your Family Like Jesus and join Tricia and Tracey on the evening of April 16th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

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