HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Unleashing the Power of Parental Love: Four Steps to Raising Joyful and Self-Confident Kids
Author: Gary M. Unruh
Publisher: Lighthouse Love Publications, 2010
Related website: www.unleashingparentallove.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: For parents
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Unruh, Gary M. Unleashing the Power of Parental Love: Four Steps to Raising Joyful and Self-Confident Kids (published in 2010 by Lighthouse Love Publications LLC, 7680 Goddard St., Suite 215, Colorado Springs, CO 80920). As a parent, do you want to have happy, respectful kids? Do you want your children to feel, “I’m loved; I’m good”? Author Gary M. Unruh, MSW and LCSW, has been a clinical practitioner, providing counseling and mental health services to children, adolescents, and families for around forty years. Drawing from his own experiences and citing copious examples from his practice, he offers advice on using the power of parental love to build a child’s self-confidence. To accomplish this, he discusses how to determine the temperament traits of a child and to match the parents’ important life beliefs to the child’s unique personality, resulting in changing the child’s behavior in the best way possible. What can parents do to focus on the good that is within their children?
I have had the opportunity of reading many books on parenting, each one approaching the subject from a different standpoint. Not being a professional psychologist, I have to review them simply on the basis of my experience as a parent and what has worked for us. With its discussion of repression, suppression, denial, and unconscious projection, this book seems to rely heavily on psychological theory and sounds rather complicated at times, but the author does do a good job of explaining these concepts and showing how they relate to his suggestions, many of which are based on B. F. Skinner’s theory of behavior modification. In talking with other parents, I have learned that what works for one family doesn’t always work for every other family. However, if parents are having some serious problems with a child, they will probably find some effective help in this book. Chapter 10, on how to help children find their passion, is especially noteworthy. And every family can use a healthy dose of good, old-fashioned parental love to unleash its power.