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Reading this book gave me many new insights on child behaviour & psychology, as well as the importance of having good relationships with your family, friends, and the community as a whole. Would def recommend!!
Michael Ungar presents a thoughtful and evidence based guide for nurturing children toward a "we" generation. Modern and in touch with issues today, Ungar provokes reflection on social and education policies and parenting.
It's very hard for me to review this book... I was so close to stop reading it a few times, just not at all interesting the first half of the book and was thinking on assigning two stars... The author just talked about how bad it is when kids dont get the attention needed, how bad their lives can turn out (jail, etc...). Not really for me, i don't think i need to be told to love my kids, so not what i was looking for... However it changed a bit for good on the second half of the book, actually giving some good tips on how to make sure your kids care about society and just people around them, which is what's really satisfying at the end...
Very readable and full of insights in many different areas. A good "brush up" on some items which can slip from time to time.
The author occasionally feels the need to poke at Christian excesses. For example on p. 153 he informs us of being "stunned" at the realease of violent "Christian" videogame, and on p. 180 he condems China and "evengelical communities that promote hatred under the gouise..."----an interesting juxtaposition: Chinese authoritians and Christian "evangelicals that promote hatred".
Chapter five contains discussion of religious and spiritual life principals. Jesus is portrayed as one profit amoung many. This is a position of many people but it at least deserves the author's note that he is denying an essential claim of the Christian faith tradition. On the other hand the author is happy to quote Buddhists and Aboriginals positively pp. 151 159, in contrast to the observation above and in the absense of any quotes in the book from Jesus or reputable Christians of today or historically.
Some readers may agree with the author's discussion of religion, with his point p 156, that "It's hard to imagine a single version of the 'truth', when the divine is honored in so many compelling ways", as he lumps together the practices of Christians, Muslums, Jews, Aboriginal spirituality, Wiccans and Mormons. While such may be hard for the author to imagine, his alternative "all roads" idea may not be agreeable to many readers.
The author provides many worthwhile parental insights. As a prospective reader reviews the book's covers and title she/he has little reason to be forewarned that at times the author breakes forth with his opinions regarding religious faith. That said, and his opinions fore warned, the overall material covered is very interesting and insightful.