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The Minivan Years: Celebrating the Hectic Joys of Motherhood [Paperback]

By Olivia Bruner (Author)
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The co-author of "Playstation Nation" offers moms inspiration and practical advice for infusing meaning and joy into their busy days.

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The co-author of Playstation Nation offers moms inspiration and practical advice for infusing meaning and joy into their busy days.

From Publishers Weekly
Bruner looks back on her younger life driving a VW Bug, wearing stylish clothes and teaching elementary school with fondness. Like many women, she gladly reprioritized her life to become what she called the ultimate stay-at-home soccer mom. She tells anecdotes about the mishaps as well as the victories of raising three sons and a daughter, offering advice to parents who may be dealing with similar situations. Though occasionally cute, it generally lacks the humor that might have made the book interesting. For example, a story about leaving her 10-year-old to babysit a bathing toddler (resulting in a naked, wet toddler knocking on the neighbor's door looking for her mommy) could have been presented in a comical light, but Bruner goes for the lesson I learned tract. The author is not a psychologist or sociologist, just a mother who finds strength and solace in her religion. She believes in passing on her Christian values through playing with her children, spending quality family time and making real-life comparisons to stories in the Bible whenever the opportunity presents itself. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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The Minivan Years: Celebrating the Hectic Joys of Motherhood by Olivia Bruner has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 12/03/2007 page 65

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Studio: Center Street
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 10, 2008
ISBN  1931722765  
ISBN13  9781931722766  

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More About Olivia Bruner

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The Bruners are parents of three boys and a girl ages seven to seventeen. Kurt is a graduate of Talbot Seminary who serves as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Lake Pointe Church near Dallas and as Executive Director of the Strong Families Innovation Alliance, a network of leading edge churches driving new strategies for impacting the home. The author of more than a dozen books, Kurt spent twenty years with Focus on the Family where he was Vice President over media leading the team creating films, books, magazines, and radio drama such as the popular Adventures in Odyssey and Chronicles of Narnia series. Olivia is the author of The Minivan Years. A former school teacher, she now serves with Kurt on the faculty of The Center for Strong Families.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Minivan Years?

A little less than OK  Jun 17, 2009
This book is an attempt at brainwashing therapy. I guess, for those who desperately need it, they may find an outlet in this book. I enjoyed the concept of turning duty into an act of love, however, everything else was rather stupid.
Watch out for Dogma  Apr 7, 2009
The quaint, sweet tone of this book belies the subtle, often anti-intellectual approach to parenting. Several digs at Darwin that illustrate the author's rejection and ignorance of what science relies on to advance medicine. I accept and appreciate the pro-Christian messaging in the book - Olivia Bruner is entitled to believe what she likes, but you as a reader should know before purchasing this book this: while it attempts to nurture young parents, this book encourages smallness of thought, how to ensure your children will share in that closed-mindedness and dwelling on failures as a parent by praying over a list of them. All questions have answers, and you can be sure that the answers are neither enlightened or rational.

This is not to say there are no good messages or ideas in this text. Some of the moments when the family prays or discusses are clearly tender, important family moments that will serve those children well in life. The life lessons - though a bit forced - are valuable and probably effective. On the other hand, rejecting what is perhaps the most critical set of information (aside for them bible) for advancing our culture, our nation and for realizing both God's will and for advancing secular good is not a message I would care to share with my wife and family. Understanding evolution is a crucial part of how we can make the human condition better. And amusingly, many of the mini-stories actually undermine her very message. Witness her Mini-hurts story with it's allegory about the son who is not picked and her follow-up in the next chapter where he daughter picks a favorite stuffed animal. Later she even mentions that her children have inherited tendencies, which is a concept strait our of the Origin of Species. In fact, the Christian Monk Mendelssohn discovered and described for the first time inherited traits being passed from generation to generation. Darwin did not disagree with the United States Constitution, as the "What if?" section would lead you to believe. Natural selection is not about equality, it's about suitability. "Science can neither prove nor disprove spiritual equality -- a defect in a scientific theory, but a blessing in a religious doctrine." (Steve Sailor, National Post) Many scientists have proved and improved upon the theory - the mechanism for passing on traits was proven 40 years ago by Watson & Crick who made discoveries about the structure of DNA which too have led to improvements in our medicine and our understanding of how we are the way we are.

Raise children the way you want to share your values. This book will help you to raise well behaved, considerate Christian children. But if your values include disrespect for science and an unwillingness to learn, you can be certain that your children will not be a part of advancing and bettering our world and their own effectiveness in life. They will be part of the ignorance that resisted such perceived evils as inoculation, vaccines, forensics to name just a few beneficial but initial rejected scientific discoveries.
It's time to make sure that religion and science exist in harmony. The sciences complement our ability to live well and serve. They afford our children the ability to make the world a better, more fair and equal place for all.

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