We all have them. Good ones give our lives order, strengthen us, and develop strong character. Bad ones cause confusion, hurt, or shame. Corrupt ones can send us to hell. To what am I referring? I am speaking of the common threadthat we all share called "habit."
Habit Revisited by Mary E. Woodis was written to equip parents with the tools to train up their children in the ways of God, but as you begin to ead and digest this particular book, you may very well find yourself taking a closer look at your own habits.
Mrs. Woodis, once again, leads us to the heart of the matter, noting that each habit begins with a first step, which is repeated again and again. This repetition actually carves a notch in the brain until the habit becomes a way of life. Thus, the introduction to Habit Revisited begins.
Chapter 1 opens with a look at the habits developed within the life of Jesus Christ. Chapter 2 moves into more detail on "The Beginnings of Habit" within each person. It is so deep in its knowledge of the formation of habit, you will find yourself reading it several times in order to let it all sink in. If you ever do any counseling, this chapter is worth its weight in gold!
Chapters 3 and 4 touch on the areas of "process" and "order" in habit training. And for all of this training to become effective, perhaps one of the most important chapters is the fifth entitled, "Habits for Parents." The establishment of "Educational" and "Biblical" habits highlight chapters 6 and 7 respectively. Additional material provides definitions for aiding study and further references for resources.
In my opinion, Habit Revisited is not only suitable for instruction in child training, but is a must read by anyone desiring to cultivate a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. One cannot help but examine his or her own life when you begin to realize just how much habit affects all of what we do.
This is an easy read, but a deep work, superbly written with the humble conviction of the Holy Spirit.
-- Product Review by: Teri Lucas, Staff Writer, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
By: Mary E. Woodis
Crooked Pines Publishing
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"Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny."--Samuel Smiles. Habits are the things that life is made of. We all have habits, many of them, and over time they can make or break us. If we hope to live a productive life for the Lord, or hope that our children will, we must instill the right habits. Habit Revisited is the perfect resource to get started on that path.
Mary Woodis begins by examining the habits that were evident in the life of Jesus. I am so pleased that she points us to His example! Then she looks into how habits are formed and gives excellent instruction on how to train your children, (and yourself), to have the right habits. Special attention is given to educationally and Biblically related habits, since these areas are of such importance.
Written in a sincere, loving style, this is a super- helpful guide to evaluating and changing habits, and thus guiding lives. Don't overlook this area in your homeschool. Thank you, Mary Woodis, for this great resource!