Book Review-Pre Birth Briefing: Discover the Gift God Made You To Be

Book Review-Pre Birth Briefing: Discover the Gift God Made You To Be

Pre-Birth Briefing

This is a wonderful story of a mother guiding her child to seeing his unique gifts and callings.

Check out the brief video on Susan’s book-Pre-Birth Briefing:

Enjoy this book with your child. Begin talking about how wonderful they are.  This book gives some wonderful insights into how to see what gifts and callings are in your child.

Pre-Birth Briefing?

Susan’s son asked her this very question.  What is a pre-birth briefing?  She gently and lovingly tells her son a story that leads him to understand that he is special, unique, to be treasured.  He comes to understand that he and his generation have a destiny.

As I reflected on Susan’s conversation with her son, I was marked by the way this story reflects how special our children are.  Some of them don’t know how important they are to the future. We, as adults, have the opportunity and responsibility to make sure our children come to know who they are and how important their lives are.

The World is a Dangerous Place.

Our children face so many challenges. The enemy would have them believe that they are not special and have nothing to offer. This is a lie.  The enemy would have our children think they are some sort of misfit or mistake.

Our children will face many temptations and distractions in this life. So many of the messages being conveyed today leave our children thinking they are not good enough.  Children and young people feel a lack of purpose in their lives.  This is an open door for the enemy to come in and add more confusion and distress to their lives.

Susan’s book-The Pre-Birth Briefing is a great tool for opening a conversation with your children.  It will have you reflecting on your own gifts as well.  You will be inspired to press in and seek the Lord’s purpose for your life and for your child’s life.

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Pre-Birth Briefing

I love this book because it is one of those treasures that connects with destiny. This reminds me of Charlotte Mason and her approach to raising and educating children.  She understood that children are whole persons with destiny marked on their spirits.  Charlotte Mason was a British educator that believed that God created each child with a specific gift and calling.  God placed adults in the lives of children in order to help those children discover talents and gifts.

Pre-Birth Briefing: This Would Make a Great Gift

This book would make a great gift for expectant parents.  Grandparents would enjoy reading this book to their grandchildren as well. Susan packed the book with tools that parents and grandparents can use to further explore how special they are.  It is also loaded with beautiful illustrations and engaging writing.  Get your copy today.  Click the picture to order your copy.

How have you shared the Lord with your child?  Have they asked you really tough questions?  How has the Lord helped you answer those questions?  Please share in the comments. I would love to hear how the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding you through these parenting waters.

Charlotte Mason on the Difference Between Living Literature vs. Twaddle

Charlotte Mason on the Difference Between Living Literature vs. Twaddle


Living LItrerature Vs Twaddle

Living LItrerature Vs Twaddle

Charlotte Mason on Living Literature vs Twaddle

Living literature is critical when instructing children.  Living literature is the type of literature that ignites the imagination.  Children are able to see the scene they are reading in their minds eye.  Their imagination is on fire! It is rich in vocabulary and causes children to wrestle with big ideas. The text that is filled with living literature, exposes the child to characters that display heroism and self sacrifice. These are the character traits that we want our children to emulate.  Charlotte Mason believed children are wired to take in challenging thoughts and ideas. Children thrive on living literature.

Is There a Difference Between Living Literature vs Twaddle?

There is a huge difference between living literature and twaddle. Click To Tweet The textbook versions and anthologies are what Charlotte Mason would call “twaddle” or “predigested” texts. Another characteristic of twaddle is short choppy sentences as well as dry facts.  Allow me to share with you two renditions of One of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. The title of the story is HOW THE WHALE GOT HIS THROAT

Notice the Difference Between Living Literature vs Twaddle.

The first paragraph in the living version reads: In the sea, once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish, and the garfish, and the crab and the dab, and the plaice and the dace, and the skate and his mate, and the mackereel and the pickereel and the really truly twirly-whirly eel. All the fishes he could find in all the sea he ate with his mouth–so! Till at last there was only one small fish left in all the sea, and he was a small ‘Stute Fish, and he swam a little behind the Whale’s right ear, so as to be out of harm’s way. Then the Whale stood up on his tail and said, ‘I’m hungry.’ And the small ‘Stute Fish said in a small stute voice, ‘Noble and generous Cetacean, have you ever tasted Man?

Compare the Same Paragraph but in ‘Predigested’ Form.

Once upon a time, there was a giant Whale who lived deep in the sea. He was always hungry, and more than anything he loved to eat fish of all different kinds: mackerel, salmon, tuna, crab, octopus, squid, eel, and more. He ate and ate, until there was only one fish left in the whole sea! Luckily, the Last Fish in the sea was a clever one. Before the hungry Whale could chase him, the Last Fish took a bow and asked, “Oh, mighty Whale, have you ever tasted man? I had much more fun reading the first version! How about you?

We Prefer Living Literature

The child that is exposed to the first paragraph is going to enjoy it more and have more questions which will stretch the mind. Even if the story is read to the child, the child, and the adult will enjoy the experience far more when reading the living version. What a wonderful experience for the child to stretch the mind and struggle with questions and ideas after having read the living version.

Not only is the living literature version of the story more fun to read but it is also more engaging with its complex, lyrical sentences.  A child would find it easier to picture the scene in his mind’s eye after having read the living literature version. I’m sure you can imagine a variety of learning experiences that could be engaged in with the living version.

Let’s delve even deeper in the area of living literature and Charlotte Mason’s ideas. Come along for the ride. I encourage you to share your thoughts and encounters with living literature. It will be a great adventure! Do you have any favorite stories that inspired you?  What are some literary pieces that ignite your imagination?  Please share your thoughts in the comment section.

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