Do you know an impulsive child? One who is full of exaggerations, quick to respond, careless with words, and acts without thinking. Do you have a child who gets out of his seat regularly while he's not suppose to, interrupts conversations, or jumps to the front of the line uninvited? Impulsiveness is the quick, natural response for these kids. They might do all these things and more (keep in mind, they generally do them rapidly). Nevertheless in the very same breathe, impulsive kids can be quick to defend, remorseful for poor decisions, and able to leap over obstacles in a single bound. There's a gift for us to discover in impulsiveness. The disciple, Peter, emulates both the strengths and weaknesses of impulsive behavior. Impulsiveness had Peter rushing into the water to meet Jesus, while also quickly cutting off a soldier's ear. He was quick to defend, responded without thinking, and passionate beyond words. His impulsiveness allowed him to experience the miracle of walking on water, while everyone else watched him from inside the boat. The beauty of Peter's impulsiveness is displayed within his life. Peter's impulsiveness allowed him to experience close encounters with God. He's authentic and real. He's growing and he's a challenge. But in the end, he's solid, and the guy others wanted to follow. Discovering the gift of impulsiveness begins in the life of Peter.
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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite The cover of Stamped on Every Child's Heart was the first thing that drew my attention. While I don't have children, what I see around us in the world every day, where children are being neglected or abused, committing suicide and killing others, made me want to read this wonderful book by Rebecca Dawson so that I could gain some insight into what she had to say. At the perfect length of 112 pages and packed full of biblical scripture, this was a great read. Dawson starts out by explaining that as a parent you're up against far more than you can handle on your own, and that even when you're exhausted you have to keep loving your child. She weaves in the story of Abraham taking his only son Isaac to the mountains as a sacrifice for God to explain how His promises are delivered in God's timing and with His plan as a blessing. I liked the encouraging words carved out for emphasis among the chapters; "Be there for the children in your life," "Use God's Armor to Protect You and Your Child," "Children Matter to Jesus" and many more. Stamped on Every Child's Heart also deals with ADHD and impulsive behavior in children and provides some treatment strategies such as "Stop and Think" and relates the impulsiveness of a child to the impulsiveness of Jesus' disciple, Peter, who struggled with the same thing. Rebecca Dawson ends the book with a beautiful prayer for you and your child.