Book Review: The Children’s Crusade

The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer

The Children’s Crusade: A Novel by Ann Packer (New York: Scribner, 2015. 440 pp) Ann Packer was born in Stanford, California and attended Yale University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, the Michener-Copernicus Society, and the National Endowment of the Arts. Her work has earned her many prizes, including the Kate Chopin Literary Award. She divides her time between the Bay Area, New York, and Maine. From Milk to Solids The shift from childhood to adulthood offers a profound sense of understanding about the pressures of parenting. The circumstances and behaviors once labeled oppressive and unfair become notes of grace, understood in intention. Parenting is difficult. It makes sense when… Read More →

Book Review: Heroes of the Frontier

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

Heroes of the Frontier: A Novel by Dave Eggers (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. 400 pp) Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Dave Eggers attended the University of Illinois but dropped out to take care of his younger brother in the wake of his parent’s death. These experiences are chronicled in Eggers’ best-selling memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. In addition to published works, he has founded McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house, and 826 National, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for kids 6-18 in urban areas across the nation. Dad Brain Whenever my family attends a social gathering, I often find myself equally present and aloof. I engage in conversation, attempt witticism, hope to be a contributor to the… Read More →

Book Review: Raising Boys By Design

Raising Boys By Design

Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive by Gregory L. Jantz and Michael Gurian with Ann McMurray (Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2013. 228 pp) Gregory Jantz is a nationally certified psychologist with a doctorate in counseling psychology. The author of more than twenty books, he regularly counsels parents and children of all ages to develop communication strategies, strengthen family bonds, and raise healthy kids. Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor noted for his secular expertise in brain science and his bridge-building in faith communities. He is a New York Times best-selling author of more than two dozen books, including The Wonder of Boys. Gave It a Shot… Read More →