PARENTING CHILDREN INTO WHOLENESS
Ann B. Makena
Westbow Press (132 pp.)
$11.95 paperback, $8.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1-973605-09-6; November 7, 2017
Makena (Become Whole, Unbreakable, and Unstoppable, 2016, etc.) offers a Christian-themed parenting guidebook that
concisely covers a wide array of topics.
The author opens with a statement of encouragement that many readers of parenting books will find familiar, asserting
that there’s no such thing as a perfect parent, and that improvement is always possible: “Acknowledge when things
aren’t right, learn from it, work toward a better tomorrow, and show your love,” she writes. “Forgive others by loving
and forgiving yourself.” She sounds this note of pragmatic compassion throughout the book, shifting her attention from
one aspect of parenthood to another, addressing such topics as patterns of honesty, dealing with grief, time management,
and encouraging a child’s sense of uniqueness. The consistent background theme is the author’s ardent Christianity; this
is very much a book about raising Christian children. “Train them the reverence of God in all their ways,” she instructs
parents. “When no one else can be close enough, God is always there.” The fundamentalist tone of some sections may
worry some readers, but most of it is couched in general terms of hope and trust, and the underlying love effectively
comes through. Communication is the cornerstone of virtually every piece of advice here: “Communication is nonverbal,
verbal, and two-way,” she reminds readers. “It must all be understood correctly to foster strong, lasting relationships.”
She also advocates for fostering children’s reading habits and keeping a watchful eye on their nutrition; the book also
broaches questions regarding divorce, single parenting, adoption, and trauma—all in warm, empathetic tones that will
appeal to both parents and children. That said, Makena never lets her compassionate tone prevent her from offering
tough advice; when it comes to questions of blame and boundary-setting, for instance, she’s clear but firm.
A comprehensive, highly approachable child-rearing manual.
Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744
Ann Makena is a wife and a mother. Outside of home, she is an independent instruct through community education and mainly instructs of intercultural communications and relations, parenting among other personal growth subjects for adults. She is a co-host of a local TV show within twin cities metro area. Ann is an ordained pastor and teaches on spiritual growth and application of scriptures. She is an inspirational speaker. She is the founder of sister charitable organization in U.S. and in Kenya providing home for orphaned and abandoned children. She also advocates for those oppressed among other ministries. She is the author of “Become Whole, Unbreakable and Unstoppable” and “Knowing and Yielding to The Voice That Counts” She is a co-author of “Miracles Still Happen, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE-EXPLAIN ME” with her son Nate Munene (who was not expected to survive at birth has endured major medical complications and is thriving). Ann has found success in parenting in spite of dealing with severe medical conditions and believes trusting God and being intentional brings about success. Ann has M.A in Ministry leadership, M.A in Theological studies, B.A in Psychology-Counseling and B.A. in Divinity. She has C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education). She previously served as a full-time hospice chaplain for 10 years. She provided spiritual and emotional support for patients facing end of life diagnosis, along with their families as well as officiating funerals for some. "I have a heart for oppressed women and single mothers of the world. I enjoying spending time with family, reading, writing, quiet time, and gospel/inspirational music among other interests. I stand on, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths,” NKJV."