Review of Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson
I received the book Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson courtesy of Tyndale Blog Network. This was a great book for me to read as I have two young daughters and another on the way. In this book Dobson uses a research based approach to educate parents on how to raise their daughters. I think he did a good job sharing information that most parents should know and understand about girls and young women. I could relate to many of ideas presented in the book. This is a good book for parents who want better insight on how to connect and understand their daughters better. I would caution that if you want a book that has many Biblical references this is not the book. As I stated earlier Dobson supports most of his advice with research and studies. I agree with much of what Dobson has to say, but as with many authors I do not agree one-hundred percent of his advice. I was especially frustrated with a question he answered in the book. The question states that their daughter is a “people pleaser” and asks for advice. He states that the parent should do nothing about it. I completely disagree with his advice and am even appalled that he would make this argument. As a Christian I know that God calls us to be a God pleaser not a people pleaser. A child who is a people pleaser will fall prey to peer pressure and will also struggle in their obedience with God. While I don’t want to discredit the rest of the book because I disagree with one thing he has written, I would caution readers to carefully reflect on what Dr. Dobson has to say and if you are Christian make sure it aligns with what the Bible has to say.
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