Yes, I love it!! It is amazing to read about the same things that constantly come out of my mouth to my children!! And to then hear those same words in God's voice to me is super convicting. Thank you, Rachael Carman, for your honesty, humor and delight in the Lord!! I have read this book twice now and every chapters speaks to me!!
How Many Times....is a quirky, and eye-opening book for me! With each short chapter I'm reminded that the things that I say repeatedly to my own children are the same words that my heavenly Father wants me to hear and take heed to. Some times it may be a stern rebuke, a gentle discipline, or a moment laced with unconditional love. For the majority of the book I'm nodding my head both knowing that my words hold weight and that God's heart is always for me as HIS child.
Don’t let the cute fonts and brightly-colored, busily-decorated cover fool you into thinking this is a shallow, feel-good-about-yourself book filled with fluffy anecdotes and little depth. That’s NOT what this is. Rachael Carman’s “How Many Times” challenges the reader to pursue a more intimate relationship with the Lord by listening to the words coming out of his or her own mouth.
The premise is that God oftentimes speaks to us—His children—the same way (and sometimes with the exact same words and phrases) we speak to our children. Throughout the book, the author demonstrates her thesis by sharing deep spiritual insights she’s gained through a wide variety of experiences she’s had as the mother of seven children. Whether we’re helping our son overcome lazy habits, teaching our daughter polite manners, or working with both children on sibling rivalry, Carman challenges us to prayerfully pay attention to what we say and listen for God’s voice in our own lives.
"How Many Times” is a life-changing book. I gave it 4/5 stars because I got the point early on, and I was ready to start listening to God in my own life rather than continue reading what God revealed to Rachael Carman about hers. However, that said, I gleaned a lot from what she shared, and I can see how it applies to me. I read it from cover to cover, and my spiritual life is forever changed.
When you read it and take “the dare” mentioned in the introduction, you’ll see that what you thought was for the benefit of your own child is often of as much, if not more, benefit to yourself. I highly recommend this book.
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest, objective, and unbiased review. This is the first Rachael Carman book I've ever read, and I really did enjoy it.
How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You is an encouraging book written by Rachel Carman, owner of Apologia. While she has authored several books this is the first real opportunity I have had to read her writing. And truly it is a gentle yet honest approach that really inspires us to be as we were created to be. More importantly as a momma, as a home educator, she helps me to believe that I can be what my children need me to be. Because we are victorious in Christ.
This book speaks honestly, openly, to those messy, real life situations we experience every day (especially when we are moms of boys) From the joy filled moments, those times we are full of pride, to those times we just want to hide; embarrassment and shame. Those times I lose it; scream and shout – yes I do – not proud of that one bit. But the honesty, the truth in the mess, its what helps us to see and really appreciate encouragement and wisdom from above- we need to be transparent, we need to be real. I mean how many of us think we are totally alone on this journey? Isn’t it so much harder when we think we are alone? And truthfully, how can we grow and learn and be all we are called to be if we are too afraid to share our struggles? Let’s be honest ~ being a momma is messy; its hard work. It hurts. But we are never really alone.
How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You is a precious, priceless book; the chapters are short and simple. As I said before they focus on those real life moments and how God speaks to us through these every day, regular, real, times. In every situation, we can see His hand, His love for us. If we are willing to slow down and take a breath…Can we be still and wait on the Lord? Can we hear what He wants us to hear?
At the end of each chapter is “a moment of introspection”, this is where Rachel provides some questions for thought, which I loved. Deep thoughts to ponder. Precious lessons to learn; moments to remember. Like those landmarks that He told the Israelites to build as they went along; what directions do you show your children Biblically…Do you see motherhood as a duty or a privilege? What do your children do that makes you smile? What do you do that makes your heavenly Father smile?