Thursday, May 8, 2014

Raising a Princess by John Croyle Book Review

Raising a Princess by John Croyle is a unique look at the Excellent Woman of Proverbs 31.  Croyle outlines 8 essential virtues to teach your daughter using the acronym of PRINCESS.  P is for Praisworthiness, R is for Righteousness, I is for Initiative, N is for Nurture, C is for Character, E is for Empowerment, S is for Servant-Heartedness and the last S is for Stability.  There are examples from the author's life with his own daughter as well as with those he works with at Big Oak Ranch.  He gives specific ideas for training in each of these areas.  He speaks from a father's heart who yearns for his daughters to truly be led by the King.
From the press:
In his new book, "Raising a Princess" (B&H Books, May 2014), Croyle walks through the importance of raising young women in a biblical, strong and compassionate manner. Touching on themes of unconditional love, failure and trust, Croyle offers nearly four decades of wisdom in raising godly woman.

Croyle provides parenting techniques to help the reader raise their princess to someday be a queen. Croyle’s specific approach to raising young women is spelled out through the acronym P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S:

Praiseworthiness – A princess understands she is worthy of praise simply because she is made in the image of God.
Righteousness – She lives according to God’s normal, not the world’s normal.
Initiative – A princess makes good things happen.
Nurture – God built into girls and women an instinct for nurture that boys and men simply don’t have in the same way.
Character – A girl of character knows what her deepest desires are and chooses accordingly.
Empowerment – Your princess needs to understand life isn’t just something that happens to her. She has the power to choose.
Servant-Heartedness – A princess finds purpose not in being served, but serving others.
Stability – As stability is provided for daughters, they will grow into the kind of people who help create stability for others.

I really like the author's male perspective in this book for raising girls.  John Croyle has had the incredible opportunity to be around hundreds of girls and show them how God values them above all else.  He challenged me to think beyond what I would normally teach my daughter, but to embrace a high calling and truly equip my daughter for who God made her to be.

Check out my other review of John Croyle's book for raising boys: The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own. *

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