Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The DIY Guide to Building a Family That Lasts by Gary Chapman and Shannon Warden Book Review

Home improvement shows have been infiltrating our TV for many years.  But how can we use that concept to strengthen our family relationships as Gary Chapman and Shannon Warden share in their new book, The DIY Guide to Building a Family that Lasts: 12 Tools for Improving your Home Life?  Gary and Shannon take a home improvement approach to building a family.  Each chapter starts with a goal and tool, a funny story, real life situations, drawing up plans- ways to make the goal work, DIY- take a look at yourself and how you can reach the goal, All-In Budget- getting the whole family involved, Sweat Equity- summary of the chapter, the Big Reveal- how it should look, and Talk it Over- questions for discussion.  This book covers 12 tools such as kindness, gratitude, love, compromise, forgiveness, communication, trust, compassion, patience, getting organized, creating fun and building connection.  There is also an epilogue with a home maintenance section and home life inspection quiz.

This book covers so many great topics that are absolutely needed in a family.  For me, I think I could only focus on one goal every few months.  My favorite part of the book was the Sweat Equity section that summarized the chapter.  I thought this was a good part to read to the family and that everyone could get on board in a short amount of time.   I also liked the main goal and the tool to get to that goal stated at the beginning of each chapter.  It gave a good focus keeps the chapter spotlighted on the topic.  I would recommend this book to any family who struggles in any of the areas listed above.  This would make a great family project book.   

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Moody Publishers for review.  All opinions are my own.*

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