Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World by Johann Christoph Arnold Book Review + Giveaway

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  There's hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what's best for children are turning the tide. Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life's challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom. Arnold takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.

My Review:

  It truly is amazing to compare the many differences in which children are raised by individual parenting styles, let alone then-versus-now. With the huge technological boom that we are in, it is sometimes hard for us as parents to get back to our "roots" and raise our children like we were raised. Without televisions in every room, without video game systems, and without the attitude of entitlement the next generation currently exhibits. Unfortunately, our use of screens and social media has given our kids a social handicap in life. But it can be remedied! We just need to be more mindful of what we expect from our children and allow them to grow in their own special, individual ways.

  The beginning few chapters of Johann's book describe the differences between generations of children, and the setbacks today's kids face.  It's an eye-opening read that left me longing for a different time of safety and security. The later chapters offer solutions on today's childhood challenges and ways to bond with our kids while helping them grow at their own pace and enjoy being young. The book is peppered with quotes and excerpts from experts in the field of child-raising as well as everyday people who can relate to the topics at hand. I enjoyed hearing from both expert and parent alike, who both give insight as to the troubles to come in raising my own child.


  People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over a million copies of his books in print in more than 20 languages. A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years. His books include Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, and Why Children Matter. Arnold's message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, C├ęsar Chavez, and John Paul II. Together with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald, Arnold started the Breaking the Cycle program, working with students at hundreds of public high schools to promote reconciliation through forgiveness. This work has also brought him to conflict zones from Northern Ireland to Rwanda to the Middle East. Closer to home, he serves as chaplain for the local sheriff's department. Born in Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, 42 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York. To learn more visit

  Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World can be purchased online at Amazon currently for just over $10.

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