Thursday, August 7, 2014

grandma's bookshelf - The Hope Quotient

On my other blog, About the Children's Department, I reviewed a book this morning
which, while it has a lot to say about finding and holding on to Hope in our lives, work, and ministry, it also has some incredible things to say about Hope as it relates to our children and grandchildren. I reviewed The Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You'll Never Be the Same - and announced a give-away - on About the Children's Department (you'll find it at this link), but I want to highlight a couple things for you here on grandma's cookie jar as well.

First of all, a shocking piece of information . . . 

"The State of California determines the number of prison beds it will need in the future by looking at current third-grade reading levels. In other words, the single best predictor for estimating the state's future number of criminals is the number of third-grade kids who currently read below their grade level." To me, this is shocking. 

The book went on to say, "The corollary news was if a struggling third grader gets a reading tutor, he or she can not only catch up, but bypass the target reading level within just eighteen months - an improvement which completely changes their future direction." It said, "Whoever changes today's kids changes tomorrow's future." I absolutely believe this!

Secondly, as grandmas, we LOVE our grandchildren. We want to see them become people who have joy and hope. I know how extremely important it is to me for my grandsons to know, love and walk with God every day of their lives. So, I especially appreciated how The Hope Quotient emphasizes how important it is to give children hope. To help them see what they can become! I absolutely want to - and WILL - do this with my grandsons!

Check my full review (and feel free to enter the give-away for a copy of the book) and see how hope changes your life, the life of those you love and the world!

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