Book Review – Their Name is Today

“We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow,’ his name is today.”                     Gabriela Mistral


About the book –

Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that threaten to deny children a healthy, happy childhood, courageous parents and teachers can turn the tide. Yes, we can reclaim childhood, says Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped more than a million readers through the challenges of education and family life. In Their Name Is Today, he highlights drastic changes in the way our society treats children. But he also brings together the voices of dedicated parents and educators who are finding creative ways to give children the time and space they need to grow. Cutting through the noise of conflicting opinions, Arnold takes us to the heart of education and parenting by defending every child’s right to the joy and wonder of childhood.

Review – This is a wonderful book for parents of children to rethink a lot of what society says about raising children. It’s designed to appreciate the innocence and beauty of childhood and to cultivate it rather than forcing our children to grow up too quickly.  As a parent of a adult child, so much of it just echoed what I already applied in my own parenting.

As a filmmaker, whatever I watch or read, I’m always applying it to filmmaking. This book had several sections that expressed so perfectly our goals as filmmakers:

“We’re not going to live forever. We have to pass on what we can because otherwise it stops here.

“Over the years I have learned that every child has a story to tell. Each of their stories needs to be told to someone who has the time to listen.”

In the context of the book, the author is speaking of the importance of family relationships. But as filmmakers, we can take that advice a step further. Each of us has a story to tell that only we can tell in a way that only we can tell it. Rather than following trends or trying to recreate what someone else has already done, we need to discover the story that God has given us and tell it so that others may benefit from it.

If you would like to receive your own copy of Their Name is Today, comment below. Drawing will be Saturday, Nov. 7.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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