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.
About the author:
A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years, as well as serving as an advisor at several innovative private schools. Arnold’s message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Cėsar Chavez, and John Paul II. Born in Great Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the US in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, forty-four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.
Their Name Is Today is a different kind of book for me. But the realities of raising children in a society that has taken away the importance of childhood having been hitting me lately. The differences I see in the experiences my older two children had less than ten years ago in comparison to my younger children is startling. This book is not really aimed at homeschoolers, as it discusses the lack of play and free time in the public school setting at length. But it was good for me to read and think about “white space” as the author calls it. He is referring to the overwhelming use of technology in education and play rather than allowing specific times for quiet. He compares it to the white space on printed page, how it gives your brain space to balance out the words on the page. Our children need white space – time of quiet, peace and calm for their brains to balance out the rest of their day. This is an idea that I’m hoping to incorporate more into our homeschool.
Mr. Arnold also discusses the ideas of materialism, the important place children hold in our society, hypocrisy in parenting (do as I say, not as I do is incredibly detrimental to children!), difficult children and showing reverence in your every day life. This book is not a warm and fuzzy weekend read. It’s filled with research and stories that detail the serious issues our society is dealing with in respect to children. I would recommend it to anyone that interacts with children regularly – teachers, care givers and parents.
I’ve also been given a copy of Their Name Is Today to give away to one reader! To enter, please comment below telling me what you think the biggest challenge children today face. The giveaway will end on November 11 at 8pm. The winner will be notified by email.
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