Saturday, September 19, 2009

Boy-sterous Living

A must- read for all moms with boys!

About the book: Raising boys isn't easy. Life with them is loud. If it's quiet, they're probably up to something. Boys are messy, competitive, fearless, and proud. Living with them pretty much guarantees that you're in for an adventure.

In Boy-sterous Living, Jean shares a few of the priceless stories and laugh-out-loud lessons that she and her boys have experienced over the years. With humorous insight and practical advice, she offers encouragement and ideas to help both mothers and fathers impact and shape the lives of their sons. From understanding their love of sports to overcoming the superman complex, Jean shows moms how to find joy and contentment in everyday life by celebrating the laughter, passion, noise, and endless energy boys bring to our lives.

My Thoughts: As the mom of three girls when we adopted our twin boys, I suspected I might be in for a bit of a change, but I wasn't ready for the shocking difference between the sexes! It was obvious to me from the beginning that boys are very different than girls in many different ways. And it's not just environmental!

Jean Blackmer's experiences with her three sons (and her husband) have provided a lot of laughs as I read this book, but more importantly they have provided a lot of encouragement. I found myself nodding as I read, realizing that my boys are perfectly normal and that my expectations as a mom will always be just a bit off from what their expectations of life are. She provides practical advice and suggestions that have helped me immediately begin to understand and even be able to better communicate with all the men in my life, young and old.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with sons!

About the author: Jean is currently the Publishing Manager for MOPS International and she's been free-lance writing for 16 years. She has been published in a variety of local and national publications, including: Guideposts, MomSense, Today's Christian Woman, Christian Parenting Today, American Girl, Proverbs 31 Woman, Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul, Chicken Soup Cookbook for the Busy Mom's Soul, Focus on the Family's Teen Phases, Guideposts Miracle Series, and others.

She also co-authored her first book, Where Women Walked: Powerful True Stories of Women's Perseverance and God's Provision. (Tyndale/Focus on the Family, 2004) This book was nominated for a Gold Medallion Award.

Jean graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor's (1987) and a Master's (1992) degree in Journalism. She lives in Boulder with her husband Zane; three boys, Josh , Jordan , and Jake.

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