I just finished reading "Without Offense – The Art of Giving and Receiving Criticism" by Dr. John L. Lund.
Quick Take: Fantastic read. Must read for any Christian parent. Two thumbs up.
Longer Take: At times, I am a little OCD about how things should be done in our home. Unfortunately, this has caused me to be more critical of my family than I would like. This is not how I want my wife and kids to see me, so this book seemed like a good start.
With stories and examples, Dr. Lund covers several points:
- Why criticism is not an effective tool for changing behaviour.
- How love, acceptance & the Spirit can effect positive change in both ourselves and others.
- How appropriate criticism can selectively be used.
-General counsel, beyond the topic of criticism, of how to better live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some great stuff in the areas of marriage and parenting.
I highly recommend this book, and I hope to apply the concepts here to create a more positive and loving environment in my home.