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  • By Margaret Reitz
    Oct 28, 2011
    Wow, I am totally shocked/saddened by what the person who commented regarding the chapter on spanking (hitting?? I think NOT)...I know Barbara personally and I personally come from a family that did hit their children not just for disobedience but simply for minor infractions (acting like a 2, 3 or 4-year old, sassing/smart-mouthing, interupting, or just that my parents were in a bad mood, etc.)so my thinking on discipline is on the extreme side of the spectrum compared to this person's thinking on no spanking. Plus, I know Barbara that she is NOT saying to stone your child (how extreme a reference) and if done in love, one doesn't have to use this method daily, weekly or even monthly, but only a few times in the child's life. I have seen in person the "proper way to discipline (spank)" and I was truly amazed at the results! There was no rebellion in the child after returning-to-joy and the drastic improvement in the child's BEHAVIOR was short of a miracle! Unless you have... More > seen this awesome woman in action you have no clue as to what she is trying to teach in this chapter. You have to see it to believe it - I was skeptical myself and until I was taught by her, and saw her with my own eyes I would have smacked the child in my younger/naive (stupid) days and caused more harm than good...there but for the Grace of God... Thank-you Jesus, for Barbara Moon and her openness & willingness to teach us to Love as You love. She is truly a Warrior for You!< Less
  • By jodi_moon
    Oct 17, 2011
    As Barbara's daughter, I am a little partial and think my mom is a fantastic human being & author, but as a mom to 2 children of my own I think the Handbook to Joy-filled Parenting is an excellent guide to navigating this confusing journey as a parent. A prior reviewer is harsh in her words about my mom's chapter on spanking. I can assure you that my mom does not advocate "hitting". She gives guidelines on how to spank properly through correction and love, not anger and aggression. This process is done with calmness, correction and a return to joy. My husband & I consistently return to this book over and over as our children move from one stage to the next and utilize many of the principals contained in this book for their development and our own.
  • By Janis Hermann
    Oct 15, 2011
    I have watched Barbara Moon up close and personal with my daughters and their children. She is a true blessing to our family. I believe that we have come such a long way since she has been in our lives and the grandchildren are flourishing with the practice of the principles used in her book. She is a wonderful mother and grandmother to her own children and I think that you would be wise to listen to what she has to say and put it into practice in the way that she intends for it to be used. There is some real wisdom here.
  • By Mary Hermann
    Oct 15, 2011
    Barbara is one of the best people and best Authors I know... Her books are full of wonderful wisdom and much experiential knowledge.... She has learned from some of the best, like Jim Wilder... Thank God for this woman and her books, my life would not be the same without them..
  • By sjcp07
    Sep 9, 2011
    Much of what she writes is great, however she completely ruins the pro-child, positive message with her chapter on spanking (i.e. hitting). There are actually steps given on how to spank/hit "properly" (where did we as Christians get the idea that there is a "proper way" to hit our kids?). The scriptures to back this up are the standard ones usually given from Proverbs, but no mention is ever given of the actual Hebrew translation for rod (shebet), which is "to teach", or "guide"--it is the same word used in the 23rd Psalm actually (thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me...), and a shepherd would never beat his sheep, and are not children so much more precious? And even if one denies that the word rod has been translated to fit the cultural norms of the time, what about the fact that harsh punishments are under The Law, and we are now under Grace. Do we still take our rebellious children outside the camp and stone them, as was required by the... More > law? No! Could you ever see Jesus spanking/hitting a child? The children were making noise and the disciples tried to send them away, but Jesus said "Let them come to me!" Eph 6:4 says "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord." (NLT), and Col 3:21 says "Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged." Children see God as they see their parents. It is possible to raise Godly, loving children without hitting them. Let's raise our kids with love and respect with positive parenting techniques, without the shame and humiliation that comes from punitive parenting. ("Should Christian Parents Spank Their Children" at goes into more detail on this, as does the book Loving On Purpose by Danny Silk; for some effective strategies, see and< Less
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Second Edition
October 28, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
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1.23 lbs.
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