Advice To Parents

You Can Have a Happier Family, by Norm Wakefield (Regal, 1977, 143 pp., $2.95 pb), Parents: Give Your Kid a Chance, by Ken Poure (Harvest House, 1977, 158 pp., $2.95 pb), How Not to Raise a Cain, by Pat Holt and Sandy Rau (Victor, 1978, 96 pp., $1.50 pb), An Uncomplicated Guide to Becoming a Super-Parent, by Joy Wilt (Word, 1977, 130 pp., $5.95), The Strong-Willed Child, by James Dobson (Tyndale, 1978, 240 pp., $7.95), and For Families Only, edited by J. Allan Petersen (Tyndale, 1977, 320 pp., $4.95 pb), are reviewed by Charles E. Hummel, director of faculty ministries, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Madison, Wisconsin.

The American family has been declared an endangered species and a spate of books has come to the rescue. Although many provide helpful insights, others only add to the burden of beleaguered parents. Here are six recent books that differ sharply in their approaches to parent-child relationships.

You Can Have a Happier Family is by Norm Wakefield, the father of five children ranging in age from an infant to a young teen. He is presently codirector of the Center for Ministry Studies in Phoenix, Arizona. The author identifies four basic family goals for Christian parents: develop attitudes of consistency and self-discipline; develop an atmosphere of love and unity; provide opportunities to grow, discover, and create; discover and work toward God’s will and purpose for our family.

Nine chapters develop these themes in a readable style with excellent illustrations from the author’s own family and counseling experience.

Chapters 2 and 3 on discipline are superb. Wakefield defines discipline as “guiding, supervising, and educating a child’s choices.” He also says, “The quality of my relationship ...

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