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Tuesday, October 29th 2013

12:39 AM

Review for Family Nights

Lynn Burgess brings meat to the table with her book, All-In 2 Night. Her ideas for family date night create opportunities for dialogue that go beyond normal everyday activities, and foster a greater relationship with each other through the character building process.

Burgess is a mom to five grown children and shares the tools she developed in order to instill God’s values in her children. All-In 2 Night builds on her first book, All-In Night, with the reminder to parents that the job is a marathon, not a sprint. Indeed, throughout the book, Burgess continues to affirm the parenting job with tips and examples from the Bible and from her own life. She is an encourager who has been down the same road.

All-In 2 Night promises to equip parents with tools for the journey and it delivers, as promised. It takes the guesswork out of creating conversation around the dinner table by providing topics to explore. The author develops scenarios for role play that help children process the steps of good decision-making habits. The book is packed with practical illustrations and equips children with skills that will assist them their entire lives. The format spells out the purpose of each lesson, develops the theme, and gives encouragement for the parenting journey.

All-In 2 Night is an important book. Parents are bombarded on all sides with activities to develop their children’s abilities to get ahead in life, but end up dissolving the family unit with busyness. All-In 2 Night centers children by reaffirming the family unit.  Children are heard, nurtured and developed in the safe haven created by the adults who love and guide them.

The only hiccup I noticed in the book was the use of regional dialect from the point of origin, being Australia, which didn’t always translate to another country. Words such as lollies and doonas.  The dictionary comes to the rescue, defining lollies as lollypops, or hard candy, but doonas escapes translation.  However, it is worth overlooking differences in spelling and slang, in order to gain the benefit of the book.   

I highly recommend this book for all parents. It provides 40 weeks of lesson plans, already prepared for a night where everyone stays home. And you will benefit greatly, from your own “all-in night!”


Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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Review for Family Nights
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