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The Book
Julie Matthews loves to sing, but due to an accident, she loses her voice.

Rick Matthews doesn’t know the solution for the tension in his marriage until the accident rekindles their love.

Faced with losing that new-found love for each other, Rick and Julie are forced to face the dysfunction that originally created the tension in their marriage.

My Thoughts
I love a book that raises questions and causes evaluation. Sticks and Stones was that type of book. Right from the start, I was drawn into the book. And from the beginning I began asking questions, waiting for the answers.
 
Everyone deals with some sort of dysfunction in relationships.  After all, we’re imperfect human beings.
 
Those dysfunctions are brought into a marriage and into a family. Throughout Sticks and Stones, we were able to view the mistakes, lies, and hurts. Then learn how to maneuver past those imperfections.
 
I highly recommend this book for all married couples. It’s a great book for healing of relationships, not only marriage but also parenting children. 
 
And it’s an exciting read.
 

 

 

 

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I really enjoyed this book. As a Children’s Pastor, I’ve read a lot of parent help books, but nothing like this.
 
With her funny and witty personality, Julie wrote a book I couldn’t put down. Her family stories were entertaining, yet educating.
 
In the history lessons, I learned the rest of the story to 98.6 and Laura Ingalls Wilder. (Along with other lessons.)
 
The Bible lessons found in the book are applicable for today. And interesting.
 
With all these elements, Julie wove together a different way of looking at parenting. I was challenged, and now have a wider view of my role as a parent.
 
Questions such as: Should I allow my child to struggle? Or how much should I protect my child? And. How should I direct my child as they grow towards adulthood?
 
There are other issues Julie addressed that caused me to ask: “Why hadn’t I thought of that?”

 

I highly recommend this book for parents and grandparents. It’ll give you a new way of viewing parenting, and as you read the book, you’ll laugh along the way.

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Kids

The merry go round went round and round. When it stopped the kids and I went on imaginary planitary expeditions. Sometimes the kids would interject an idea, but mostly I was the leader in cotton candy village. We would travel in space on the merry go round and when it stopped we explored the territory. One particular planet was a favorite and you probally already guessed it had “candy” trees. The candy gave energy to fight the candy cane poles. Sometimes we had to hurry back to the merry go round and blast off. We were being chased and haste was in order. The blasting off was fun because it involved moving as fast as possible, but once orbit was broke the travel was smooth and slow. The descent onto the planet was a little bumpy at times but that was ok because another adventure was on it’s way.
(This was how I played with the kids at the church day care.)

Any certain games you played with your kids or with kids?

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