Tough Guys And Drama Queens by Mark Gregston {Book Review}

Tough Guys And Drama Queens- How Not To Get Blindsided By Your Child’s Teen Years is a useful and practical tool to tuck into your parental toolbox for the years ahead. Regardless if you have a Princess or a Prince, this book offers very straightforward parental advice without making you feel like an epic parental failure in the process. Thank you, Mr. Gregston.  
Finally, a realistic view I can totally relate to!  
I am so grateful for this book and the timing of it as I deal with my own sweet Drama Queen in the making.
Mark Gregston really gets to the heart of the teens, tweens and all that lurks in between the turbulent transitional years of puberty and adolescence. 
He deals with the culture differences of the day without excuse and also offers heaps of guidelines and boundaries that make sense. I get the sense that gracious, patient and compassionate describe both author and the directives he delivers in this parental guidebook. 
The book is broken up into three main parts. Part one tackles the challenges of today’s culture and it’s impact and influence on both parents and kids. Part two addresses parental practices to avoid (Um, yeah, Guilty for us on many!). Part three focuses on parenting practices that actually work with some clarification. 
That  two Appendixes which are also helpful in my opinion are titled
 Conversation Starters and How To Discuss Conflict.
I found his approach to be biblical, reasonable and
 challenging without coming off as preachy or judgmental.
Good reality check for parenting techniques you may be employing that will hinder your relationship with your child in the time they need you most. 
Mark Gregston, along with his wife, serves as Executive Director for Heartlight Ministries and hosts Parenting Today’s Teens radio talk show. 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. 
The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

When Jesus Shows Up In Blue Jeans {Faith Life Preservers-Day 1}

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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. 
Thomas Edison
He is standing on my front walkway after dropping my daughter off one Sunday afternoon. 
He is giving me a brief rundown of how all went with the Sunday yard cleaning at a local widow’s home; 
how all the kids helped, had fun and yes, even my girl was cooperative.
I am standing overflowing with gratitude, can’t quite describe how my heart swelled almost painfully that one day. Servant leadership is what one might technically call it, if one felt the need to be spiritually technical.  
But he does not deal in technicalities by my observation. 
Instead he lives them out, serving among his flock, unassuming. 
 He shows up in jeans on my doorstep. 
I see Jesus better because of him.
I hold this image in my head of him, my pastor.
 It is not the first time he served our family in a personal and powerful way.
 But it was one memory that is especially endearing to me.
Both my Pastor and his wife have been true 
Faith Life Preservers
 over the past few years as our family has lived,
 moved and had our being among our current congregation. 
I feel loved by God better because of their open arms and hearts 
toward our family.
Since October is Pastor/Clergy Appreciation month, 
 faith life preserving moment which included him seemed appropriate.
So take a moment today and remember your Pastor.
Thank God for him and his family and remember to pray for him.
Is there someone who has been a Faith Life Preserver in your life-
someone who shows up at the very time it is most significant to your
spiritual health and well being?

Ideas on How to Honor our Pastors

Gift Ideas:
Do NOT give your pastor a bible (unless s/he asks for one; s/he likely already has a whole bookcase full of bibles and songbooks)
A subscription to his/her favorite magazine
A gift certificate for his/her favorite restaurant
A gym / health club membership
a spa day or free massage
A date night (e.g. dinner/show) inclusive baby-sitting
A week-end getaway, fully paid
Artwork with engraving
Love offering
A new car =)

Joke gifts: 
A superman/woman cape (with Pastor’s Initials)
A watch with alarm (to keep sermons short)
A subscription to =)

Other ways to honor your pastor:
Submit to local press an article on how you appreciate your pastor
Grant him/her a sabbatical (1-12 month) for personal or professional pursuits
A certificate and/or plaque honoring their years of service
A huge card signed by everybody in the parish
A building / room named after the pastor (e.g. Miller chapel, Snyder Hall, Smith Library)
Life-time Pastor Emeritus status

324. Pastor John and Ruth- their example, love, laughter, humility, hospitality,
visible grace and graciousness.
325. the unseen way that God will make
326. Mary’s quick photo making button magic!
327. Sweet Jen showing up and making things better…or at least cleaner!
328. cash for old bedroom set- divine timing!
329. 20 minutes on a hidden park bench- quiet blissful moment
330. visit to new library
331. book browsing local bookstore
332. stacks of books that I trip over, sweetness!

Linking with 31 Days at The Nesting Place as well as
  Ramona, Ann, CarissaLaura, Kathy and The Better Mom

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