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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

"The Hour That Matters Most" by Les and Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna

This book was a real blessing for me. The dinner time hour is something that I struggle with all the time. I can't seem to get everyone at the table or get everyone wanting to be at the table (including myself!). It's just easier sometimes to have people get their food and settle in front of the electronic device of their choice.

This book really gave good down-to-earth advice about getting the family to the table and enjoying each other's company. It wasn't condescending either. The authors never made me feel like I was a failure for not doing things their way. Instead they made it feel like a friend was telling me that she had been where I was and this was what she did to change things around.

The chapters cover everything from resolving conflict to instilling manners to how to actually listen to your kids. At the end of every chapter there is also a recipe. The recipes are very diverse and even though I know that some of the recipes won't work with my family, a lot of them will.

I think the thing I like the most about the book though was the chapter 'Starting a Fix and Freeze Club'. This is just a wonderful idea of the authors of this book. It's the idea that a couple moms get together and make meals for a month to store in the freezer so on busy nights there is no need to go and get fast food. This is such a simple idea but I jumped on it right away. I asked two of my friends if they wanted to do it and we are in the process of figuring out logistics on how to get everything done. I'm thankful to the authors for sharing this idea. I think it will help my family out a lot.

I really recommend this book. There is some really great recipes and advice on how to connect as a family in this book.

I received this book from Tyndale publishers for free in return for my review. I was not required to give a positive review and all thoughts contained in this review are my own.

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