Sunday, September 25, 2016

Raising a Modern-Day Princess by Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting - Book Review

From the publisher: In the same tradition as Raising a Modern-Day Knight, this book is designed to equip parents to cultivate strong relationships with their adolescents. Raising a Modern-Day Princess stresses the importance of creating a rite of passage for teen girls―a defining moment in which girls can be blessed by significant adults in their lives, and a call for their families and communities to celebrate and support them as they enter womanhood. This book offers practical help in raising a generation of women to see themselves as God sees them―as daughters of the King.

Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess, by Doreen Hanna & Karen Whiting, is a nice book designed to provide mothers with a guide to raise their daughters. Many little girls want to be princesses. Each little girl should be taught she is a princess, or daughter of the King, Jesus. This follows a model of growing up to be a woman of God.

The book is set up with ten chapters, eight of which feature a Fruit of the Spirit as the focusing element. Each of these chapters follows a similar pattern: begin with a Princess Attribute and Fruit of the Spirit. Follow up with an anecdote from both Hanna and Whiting. Add a focus on the Princess Attribute and the Fruit of the Spirit. Wind up with a slew of "Fruitful Activities", "Mom's Tool's", "Dad and Daughter Activities", and "Dad's Toolbox".

I didn't realize that this was a mom-centered book, so I didn't particularly find myself interested in the style or presentation of the ideas. This is unfortunate, because I have daughters, and the book leads you to believe it is for both parents. The "dad" element is very minor. Additionally, I didn't really feel like this book brought anything new to the genre of raising children to grow up loving God and becoming a strong Christian. It is a decent book for what it is, but it didn't stand out to me.

Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess, by Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting, is an average book. I would recommend it to mothers of young daughters. However, if you've read similar books, you may find this repetitive.

I received a review copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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