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Never Say No: Raising Big-Picture Kids by Mark & Jan Foreman (Parents of Jon and Tim Forman of Switchfoot) Book Review

My Review:  

I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is seeking a new book about Christian parenting and raising children. I liked that they covered a wide range of topics that they have learned in raising their two boys. I liked how Mark and Jan shared how it is important to never say no to our children. They strongly believed that always saying no to our children when they ask us to play with them can have such a negative impact on their lives that they will eventually stop asking us to play with them. I also liked how they covered how critical it is to make sure we fill our children’s love tank by speaking their love language. They also noticed that when their children love tank was full, they didn’t act out as much. When I have children, I will be exploring and testing this out and making sure I fill my kids love tanks. I also plan to re-read this book before that time too. I also loved the discussion questions included at the end of each chapter.


I enjoyed the personal stories they shared about their boys. For example, one of my favorite stories was about how they were at a conference and the speaker asked people to come up for prayer and they would pray over them. During this time, he realized that his small son, Jon was missing and they frantically starting searching for him. They eventually found him up near the stage laying hands on a man praying over him to be healed. He was doing what he was taught spiritually. This example is very powerful and it’s vital to always remember our kids are watching everybody’s actions and they learn by our example and others – positively or negatively. If you’re looking for an excellent book on parenting, then check this one out!

“I received a review copy of Never Say No, from Litfuse for this review.”

About the book:
Never Say No (David C. Cook, May 2015)

The question Mark and Jan Foreman are most often asked is: How did you raise your kids?

Mark and Jan Foreman's adult sons Jon and Tim Foreman of Switchfoot have influenced their world not only by a successful music career but also through their positive impact on communities around the globe. The Foreman parents instilled in their sons a belief that they could make a difference by living beyond themselves.

This powerful book gives readers an inside look at the process. It begins with both parent and child finding their identity in God. It then explores practical ways to encourage holistic learning while cultivating specific gifts, nurturing creativity in a media-saturated culture, and balancing structure with individual choice. Never Say No inspires readers to raise children to live in the wonder of life by loving others well. Parents will find encouragement for their own parenting journey as they guide their kids to live out God's purpose in radical ways.

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About the author:
Jan and Mark Foreman live in the San Diego area, where Mark is lead pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel. Mark is the author of Wholly Jesus, and holds advanced degrees in Theology, Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Pastoral Care. Jan is a gifted teacher, artist, and she also facilitates partnerships with underprivileged women and children both locally and in developing countries. Together they love surfing, sailing, travel and especially being with their family.

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