About the book:
“If you want to glean insights into how to raise and influence children to be more compassionate and considerate, more courageous and confident, more independent, secure, and unselfish; if you want your children to be more loving and joy-filled, then get reading!” —excerpt from Mark K. Shriver’s Foreword (President of Save the Children Action Network)
Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that threaten to deny children a healthy, happy childhood, courageous parents and teachers can turn the tide. Yes, we can reclaim childhood, says Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped more than a million readers through the challenges of education and family life. In Their Name Is Today, he highlights drastic changes in the way our society treats children. But he also brings together the voices of dedicated parents and educators who are finding creative ways to give children the time and space they need to grow. Cutting through the noise of conflicting opinions, Arnold takes us to the heart of education and parenting by defending every child’s right to the joy and wonder of childhood.
About the author: Johann Christoph Arnold
A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years, as well as serving as an advisor at several innovative private schools. Arnold’s message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Cėsar Chavez, and John Paul II. Born in Great Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the US in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, forty-four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.
Their Name Is Today is a book that emphasizes the need to let children be children. Let them play, learn, and discover life instead of making them grow up too fast. We can make a difference in the character and life of children if we start with those that are around us (especially for parents and teachers). We must start by believing in them and showing them love.
The book is a very easy read with lots of real life stories. It covers topics that will make you think about the way you will or have raised your own children (including screen time, material possessions, standardized testing, medication, ect.). I wouldn't say it is a how to book, but there is sage advice within it's pages from people who have worked and understand how different and perfect each child is despite how the world may label them. I think this book is a stepping stone for further discussion on each topic. It has definitely made me think about what is really important in life and how I will instil those values into my children.
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