I am reading this book at night before bed and it is knocking my socks off! I highly recommend it if you are in the trenches of raising kids. I used to feel bad that we couldn't give our kids more, take them on more vacations or provide more experiences for them but now I feel differently. I have been reminded that they are watching our every move and whatever standard of living they see us living is what they will want or feel entitled to for themselves. What if we taught them that it is more blessed to give of our resources than it is to receive? What if they saw us truly finding our joy in giving even when we could afford to spend more on ourselves? This book is a challenging read but so necessary. We have entitled kids, because we are entitled. Ouch! This book is a challenge to love God and others more than ourselves and to let our kids see us doing so by the joy that flows out of us in the process. The book also mentions one caution that really got my attention; "Anytime we step out of the mainstream and try to turn our lives and our homes around to go upstream, its hard. Some would say impossible because the journey is full of obstacles, naysayers, and people who attempt to discourage us. It's in our human nature at a young age to want to fit in, to not stick out or be different, to blend in. The problem is that God has called us to exactly that-- to go against the flow." (18)
*I really can't recommend this book enough!