Raising a Princess by John Croyle ~ A Christian Life Book Review

John Croyle
Nonfiction/ Christian Life/ Family

About the book:

Raising a P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S.: How to Raise Daughters of a King
Child advocate, former All-American football player helps parents raise daughters well.

With the success of the movie "Frozen" princesses are back in the spotlight, and much is made about raising daughters to be a princess, but what does that really mean? Former Alabama defensive back and founder of children;s safe-haven Big Oak Ranch, John Croyle, believes the answer lies in Proverbs 31:
"Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in her gates." (vs. 28-31)
In his new book, Raising a Princess, 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 a godly woman from a dad's perspective.
"A hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house we lived in, the kind of car we drove or how much money we had in the bank, but the world may be different because you and I were important in the life of a child." ~ John Croyle
In The Two Minute Drill to Manhood, he tackles the necessities of equipping young men in the most pivotal moments of their adolescence. However, in Raising a Princess Croyle writes with a different end in mind: womanhood. The end is a Proverbs 31 woman and 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 to 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 in serving others.
Stability - As stability is provided for daughters, they will grow into the kind of people who help create stability for others.

My thoughts:

There were two things that drew me to this book. The first is John Croyle himself. Anyone that would give up a promising career in the NFL to start a place like Big Oak Ranch for abused and neglected children is someone that I want to listen to.

The second thing that drew me was the principle of raising daughters with the end in mind. In the end these girls are going to go on and raise daughters of their own and pass on to them what they know. If we take that into account we have a long range perspective that will impact not only our daughters but our daughter's daughters and beyond.

Most of the concepts outlined in the book aren't new, they are just under used in our current culture. John's systematic approach to raising our girls to be godly women is not only doable but practical as well.  One of the main things that you are going to come away with is the knowledge that ultimately what YOU do and model is what is going to stick with your daughter. So with that in mind I think this is really more a book about who you are as a parent than who your daughter is.

I enjoyed this book and found it to be very thought provoking. I think it would make a great addition to any parent's reading list that desires to raise a daughter worthy of the KING.

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