Hooray! We’ve made it to 50 ‘likes’ (well 51 actually) on the Facebook page – THANK YOU! As promised in this post, I am now launching a giveaway to express my gratitude to anyone who’s ever read Living Life to the Full.
I recently published a blog post about brokenness, being imperfect, and Jesus’ work of restoring us into the image of our Creator. In this post, I mentioned something that had really helped me in my frailty as a parent – a parenting course run by a wonderful York-based parenting/relationships charity called Family Matters York. The fab FMY are linked to the larger national charity Care for the Family, which according to their website ‘aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties’. Care for the Family was launched in 1988 by Rob Parsons (ever heard of the ‘Sixty Minute’ parenting/relationship book series? Rob’s handiwork!) and the charity now runs events and courses across the UK, and creates resources that are used all over the world. Their work is motivated by Christian faith, although their resources and support are available to everybody – of all faiths and none!
What’s all this got to do with the giveaway?!
One of Care for the Family’s regular contributors, Katharine Hill, has recently published a new book for parents of children of primary school age entitled ‘If You Forget Everything Else, Remember This – Parenting in the Primary Years’ . I had the privilege of hearing Katharine speak at CFF’s ‘Mum’s the Word’ tour when it came to York a couple of years ago, and she’s GREAT. Having had four children of her own, who are now starting to leave home, Katharine is a fount of wisdom on all things parent-y. So when I learned that she’d published a book about parenting children of primary school age, my ears pricked up and my glasses were even hunted down!
I don’t like those guilt-inducing parenting books or articles that tell me WHAT to do – I prefer a gentle approach. Being busy, I get on best with books which are sub-divided into manageable chunks. I’m also relatively new to parenting a child of primary school age – Freddie started Year One last month, and all those hours I spent at ante-natal classes debating the merits of gas-and-air versus pethidine seem to bear little relevance to the experiences we’re now having (oh OK, zero relevance – although gas-and-air still seems a good move on a weary day – any bribable midwives out there?!). Katharine has produced a book that ticks all my picky boxes. She has drawn on the Old Testament book of Proverbs and the wisdom contained therein to produce a book written in chatty stories and bite-sized chapters which you can dip in and out of. It’s a comfy and life-giving read.
The book can be got for £7.50 on the Care for the Family website. But, seeing as I think it’s great, I’m going to give away a free copy to one of you lovely blog-readers!
Here’s how the giveaway works
To enter, simply comment on this post and share with me the wisest piece of advice you’ve ever been given. I’ll go first: I was once advised that before reading the the Bible, it can really help to pray the prayer of Samuel – ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’ (1 Samuel 3:9). It turned out to be great advice and has opened up the Scriptures to me time and again.
Over to you! Comment, and you will automatically be entered into the giveaway. You don’t have to be one of the Facebook likers – anyone can enter. You can comment within the actual blog below, or on the Facebook page or on the Twitter feed.
The giveaway ends at midnight on Saturday 10th October. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be announced on Sunday 11th. Just one comment per person, please!
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO JO WHO WAS THE WINNER!
With thanks to Jo Wells at Care for the Family.