Their Name is Today; Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World by Johann Christoph Arnold appeared in my mailbox a couple months ago from Plough Publishing. Due to the nature of crazy that has existed in our lives I haven’t had a chance to review it, but I have been enjoying the thoughts presented in this book.
I am excited to share this book with you all – it is thought provoking.
It is not ground breaking or new information. In fact, it would be easy to skim through the information presented and conclude that you already know all of this. But I would argue that there is exceeding value to this book – it is practical and purposeful.
With a desire to approach parenting intentionally, this book truly resonated with me.
The information was presented in a fresh light, that inspired greater thought. For example, Mr. Arnold approached the idea that the excessive consumerism that exists today is as equally enslaving as child labor in the past. Let that sink in for a bit, then find someone to discuss that concept with. He had many such tidbits throughout the book that I extracted and then inspired deeper conversations with others. I did not necessarily agree with everything, but he made me think and that, to me, is the mark of a worthwhile book.
A favorite quote on children from the book;
There is nothing like the joy of watching children grow, experiencing the development of their personalities and wondering who they will become. But as long as we have children entrusted to our care, we cannot forget that the demands they make on us must be answered in the present. Their name is today.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review – all opinions, however, are my own.