Book Review: Beautiful Nate

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Released March 5, 2013

Book Description:

HOPE and COMPASSION for FAMILIESBeautiful Nate offers valuable insights into what went wrong in a dedicated Christian family and how things might have gone differently—giving parents direction for raising their own children in a troubled world. Exploring the differences between fear-based parenting, child-centered parenting, and healthy intentional parenting, author Dennis Mansfield shares hard-earned wisdom and powerful ideas on what children need. Whether you’re in the midst of parenting small children or have experienced the heartbreak of a child gone astray, you’ll find guidance and hope for your journey in this poignant, real-life story.

Even when you follow all the rules, LIFE CAN GO VERY WRONG. . .

parenting style and encouragement after life’s disappointments. midst of parenting small children or have experienced the heartbreak of a child gone astray, you’ll find guidance and hope

Dennis Mansfield and his wife Susan planned for and expected every parent’s dream but instead lived every parent’s nightmare. This haunting memoir tells the story of a father who diligently followed all the parenting rules that he learned from conservative Christian “experts”; yet life with his son Nate went terribly wrong when the young man died at twenty-seven of drug-related causes. It wasn’t that the principles Dennis followed were faulty; it was that the promised guarantee turned out to be void.

The author, a national leader in the pro-family movement of the 1990s, reveals what did and did not work in raising a child within the evangelical framework. But rather than losing his faith and abandoning the God he’d trusted, Dennis eventually found new joy and purpose—with a more compassionate and realistic view of the roles parents play and the rules they follow.

As you read this sobering yet refreshing account, you will find direction for your own parenting style and encouragement after life’s disappointments. midst of parenting small children or have experienced the heartbreak of a child gone astray, you’ll find guidance and hope for your journey in this poignant, real-life story.

My Review:

This was a wonderful book of faith and hope.  The father is telling the story of his family’s life involving the death of his oldest son.  Their belief in God is apparent throughout the book.  Our children are not our property and we only borrow them from God for a time.  They make their own choices, no matter how they are raised.  We can only hope that we have given them a strong background on which to rely.  Despite Nate’s upbringing, he still makes dangerous choices and eventually makes choices that result in his death.  As a parent, I highly recommend this book to other parents.  I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did and that you are able to gain from it as well.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Howard Books for review.  I was not obligated to write a positive review.  The opinions in this review are my own.

 

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