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
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This is a wonderful piece of work. I have two other people in mind to get the book to. One has a one year old with health issues. This will inspire her greatly. By Lucy K.
Very Inspiring, especially your son’s condition and how you coped. You really have been through a lot, but to me that’s a making for ministry to others. Keep up the writing.
By Mary K. M.
“I just now got a chance to sit down and start reading your book. I am half way through and I can’t put it down. Your book is amazing, inspiring, moving and uplifting. Thank you for writing it!”
By Karen N.
“Ann, I am on page 193 of your book. You have really challenged me……I am trying to gauge if I have the courage to make a New-year’s resolution based on your book. I feel challenged……”
By Bernard O.
“Ann, I finished reading your book a few days ago and it is such a great book. I have totally been blessed by your testimony. May God continue to bless you and your family. Reading your book was one of the best encouragement I have had.”
“Cannot stop reading..at times I want to cry，sometimes laugh… There are so many people who need to read this…”.
By Ann Mwendwa, RN
Mwendwa ordered 5 more copies of this book after reading it.