Browsing the Bookshelf
Debbie W. Wilson
Children spill food. They play in the sandbox just before you
have to go to church. They say things
in front of the preacher or your mother-in-law that you didn't know they had
heard. They have to use the bathroom
just as you have gotten back on the interstate after taking a wrong exit.
So how does a mother keep from blowing up?
SHE'S GONNA BLOW!
By Julie Ann Barnhill
Harvest House, 0-7369-0433-6, PB, 272 pages, $
the anger women feel toward their children through the metaphor of volcanoes.
In a warm, friendly style that includes many personal illustrations, she
explores the reasons mothers explode
toward their children and offers strategies to conquer that anger.
Her informal style
draws readers as if she is discussing the problem with them over a cup of
tea. Having struggled with anger that
came close to child abuse, she offers help with empathy and humor to other
Christian mothers with the same guilty secret.
Her strategies for overcoming eruptions could
be strengthened by dealing with misbehavior before it drives parents to
fury. Her appendix on child development seems weak on
behavioral expectations, but her appendices on depression and resources are
helpful. The book could help anyone
struggling with anger though written for mothers. It would make a good resource for a church library. Three appendices. (appeared in Church Libraries, fall 2001)
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