I received a book recently to review from Ed Douglas Publications called 25 Truths. This book sounded very intriguing to me and I’m thankful for the opportunity & discussions this book allowed my children and I to have!
The author, Ed Douglas, a former CEO of a bank, had a list he was compiling of truths that our youth of today needed to be reminded of. He began sharing this list with friends and eventually it turned into the book I received in the mail!
This book includes 25 truths relating to character and values in our lives. Some examples of truths found in this books are:
- Be slow to judge.
- Don’t hate – instead forgive.
- Be quick to apologize.
- Set goals and write them down.
- Don’t talk negatively about others.
Each of the 25 truths in this book are just a few pages long, easy to read one truth in each sitting with your family and discuss. Each truth also has a correlating quote or Scripture to go along with it, a few paragraphs of description & dicussion, and several questions to discuss with your family. As one who is an introvert and can’t always come up with things to discuss, I was excited about using some of these questions with my kids! The questions are great conversation starters. I have found that I need all the help I can get in this area. 🙂
On the website, you are encouraged to share this book with children in grades 6-12. I found that my own children (ages 11, 10, 8) were maybe right on the borderline of being able to understand some of these discussions based on each truth. My oldest is just ready to start 6th grade and even she was needing some explanation for these chapters. Many of the chapters were just over their heads. I had to do a lot of explaining, which is fine, but I think this book might be best suited for middle and high school students. Especially if you hope for your child to read this on their own. As you should with all books, if you are hoping to read this with younger children, I would just check it out first, pre-read, to make sure your kids are at a place where this is easily understood.
I love the idea of having truths to share with our children. I think it is very important, especially this day and age in the culture we live in. We used this book in the car, actually. As we were driving places, I would have one of my daughters read a paragraph and we would discuss. I love getting great things done in the car like that! No wasted time! 🙂 This “little” book with shorter chapters made the discussions very do-able in just a few minutes, really. A little book, but with 25 large truths that our kids need today.