Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World

Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World


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There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide.

Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life’s challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom.

Arnold takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874866308
Publisher: Plough Publishing House, The
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 189
Sales rank: 583,834
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over a million copies of his books in print in more than 20 languages.

A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years. His books include Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, and Why Children Matter.

Arnold's message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, César Chavez, and John Paul II. Together with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald, Arnold started the Breaking the Cycle program, working with students at hundreds of public high schools to promote reconciliation through forgiveness. This work has also brought him to conflict zones from Northern Ireland to Rwanda to the Middle East. Closer to home, he serves as chaplain for the local sheriff's department.

Born in Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, 42 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
The World Needs Children
Play Is a Child’s Work
Great Expectations
Screening Out
Material Child
Actions, Not Words
Guidance to Grow
In Praise of Difficult Children
Discovering Reverence
Tomorrow Comes

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Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BeccaSmiles More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I was able to apply this book not only to my own life but to my work life. I have the great pleasure of working with hundreds of families and their children in my community, which I would like to add is impoverished. Working with those living in poverty and who are in need of mental health services is a challenge, I imagine that being a parent in this world is a bigger one.  By getting the word out there to others I work with, perhaps I can spread the wonderful lessons, ideas, philosophies contained in this book to others, including staff co-workers, and those we serve. I hope to inject within my community a strong urgency of the importance of family and the need for continued parental involvement throughout all stages of life with an emphasis on morals, values, character and spirituality. I was lucky enough to receive direct emails and have a shipment coming to my place of employment in order to spread this word! Thank you! And if you haven't yet. Please take a chance on this book that brings us back to our roots.... hopefully that is where we can begin in helping to shape the lives of our young minds that are today, tomorrow and the forever future! Wonderful read! Thank you again!  
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  This past Sunday, we had a conversation with a neighbor.  It was a conversation about what a strange, violent world this is. We talked about how so many young people are committing crimes- acting with utter disregard for the sacredness of life. We talked about how so many parents are giving up on their kids, and then kids become the delinquents they were expected to be.  It was, obviously, a sad conversation. And I didn't know what to say. I came home, shaking my head, and returned to the book I was reading. The book was "Their Name is Today" by Johann Christoph Arnold. It is exactly the book to inform that conversation. This is a book about bequeathing a better world to our children, and reaching their hearts and touching their souls. It's a book about "winning children for the good" and giving them the best opportunities to grow up confident and content.  The author comes from an interesting background. He is a chaplain for several law enforcement agencies, so his eyes are wide open to the havoc that crime wreaks on victims and responding officers. He is also an advocate for a more just, peaceful and merciful world, so he believes that a better way exists if we seek it out.  The question of children and how to raise them falls right in between these issues. Children are the victims of our broken world, and yet if they aren't guided and nurtured, they will become the next generation of victimizers.  Do we shut our eyes to the problems and pretend that America's children are just fine, or do we let the obvious problems shape our dialogue and become negative and prescriptive?  Mr. Arnold has found the good middle path to walk.  For example, he has an entire chapter called "Screening Out," in which he addresses specific dangers of of the internet age, such as violent video games. He also addresses the general effect of electronic entertainment in our homes and computer-based education in out classrooms. He never retreats to talk of "the good old days," and his concern isn't motivated by dislike of progress or technology.  Rather, he quotes educators and child specialists who question whether tethering our schools to screens is a good thing for children's literacy, social skills, and even motor control.  Some of my other favorite chapters include Discovering Reverence, In Praise of Difficult Children, and Material Child.  In Discovering Reverence, he says "Our response upon encountering a child must be nothing less than reverence. Perhaps because the word sounds so old-fashioned, its true meaning has been blurred. Reverence is more than just love. It includes an appreciation for the qualities children possess (and which we ourselves have lost), a readiness to rediscover their value, and the humility to learn from them."  My local library has a sign on the wall. It states that children will forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Imagine how children would feel if they were respected, right from the start. Not as little princes whose every whim is honored, but as little human beings who have dignity and purpose.  In "In Praise of Difficult Children," he brings a ray of hope to any parent or teacher who does not want to give up on any child, but can't seem to make any headway with a certain child either. I love this radical idea... be grateful for the "difficult" boy or girl, they are teaching you a new way to love them.  And in "Material Child," he deals with consumerism. He doesn't cast blame on the children or the parents who are caught in the trap of more-is-better, he points to gratitude and family togetherness as the source of true satisfaction.  I'm grateful to Plough Publishing and Propellor Consulting LLC for providing me with a copy.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
This book is well-written and extremely applicable to today's society. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THEIR NAME IS TODAY: RECLAIMING CHILDHOOD IN A HOSTILE WORLD by Johann Cristoph Arnold from Plough. The foreword is by Mark K. Shriver. I read this with a background in childhood education, and much of it rang true with what I learned in college and what I saw working in local public elementary schools. In a nutshell, the book covers how society views and treats children. He does this by analyzing education and parenting. I liked how he stressed giving children personal attention. My parents doted on me growing up, and while I don’t feel spoiled, I do feel loved. I feel comfortable asking them questions, showing my strengths and weaknesses, and trusting their guidance. I’ve seen other children who are neglected or scolded, and I see them suffering through relationships. I am definitely passing this on to educator friends. As a bonus, I realized that Johann Christoph Arnold lives in Upstate New York like me. I may contact him at some point to see if he would like to speak at the Utica Writers Club.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Childhood: A Gift or a White Elephant  I had read Johann Christoph Arnold's book Rich in Years a while back. I found his comments and concerns  to be valid so when I had a chance to read another of his books I jumped at the opportunity. I was not displeased. Arnold's book Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World examines the  childhood children are experiencing today. So much truth and wisdom are packed in this little book. Arnold explores child's unstructured play, parental influence or lack there of, technology addiction and materialism. For instance, he writes "Children model the behavior of adults, on whatever scale is available  to them. Ours are growing up in a nation whose most important, influential men...solve problems by  killing people."  If your concerned for your children, grandchildren or any child than you will want to read  this gem. I received this book from Handlebar to review for free.