Thursday, June 27, 2013

Home Remedies by Gary Smalley and John Trent

I just finished rereading the book, Home Remedies, by Gary Smalley and John Trent.  The clever, but misleading, title of this book has probably limited its sale.  The book is not about simple remedies for physical ailments; it is about solutions for home or family problems.  The authors present "prescriptions" that have proven effective throughout generations for building strong homes and families.  The book can be summarized by the thesis of Chapter 1: The foundation for all loving relationships is treasuring, or valuing, others. Rephrased, we feel close to those who have told us and who have shown through time that they value their connection with us. Rephrased again: some level of commitment is essential to a successful personal relationship of any kind. This idea is so basic as to be often overlooked by busy parents.

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