Friday, September 11, 2009

Boys are Boy-sterous

Today is my first Friday Fun Day here at Joy in the Journey. Fridays are reserved for fun stuff like book reviews, author interviews, contests, even character interviews. Today I am excited to welcome Jean Blackmer, author of Boy-sterous Living. I grew up in an all female household, so I have to admit I was a little intimdated when I brought my son home from the hospital in 1984. It might've been helpful to have a head's up on what to expect.

Thanks to Jean and Boy-sterous Living, families can learn to celebrate their loud and rowdy life with sons.

"A fun read with a fresh perspective on raising boys!"
- Dennis Rainey, Family Life

"In my years of mothering, I've found the most sound and practical advice comes from other mothers who understand my challenges. Jean understands boys! In her uniquely personal, humorous and insightful style, she tells parents of boys what they need to know."
- Carol Kuykendall, speaker and author of several books including "Five Simple Ways to Grow a Great Family."

"I highly recomend this book to every woman who wants to understand boys."
- Rick Johnson, author of "Better Dads, Stronger Sons"

"Life with boys is part mystery, part comedy, and all adventure! Jean Blackmer equips parents to understand the mystery, laugh at the comedy, and buckle in for the adventure."
- Carla Foote, director of media and executive editor of "MomSense Magazine", MOPS International

Boy-sterous Living

Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons

Raising boys isn't easy. Life with them is loud. If it's quiet, they're probably up to something. Boys are messy, competitive, fearless, and proud. Living with them pretty much guarantees that you're in for an adventure.

As the only female in a house with three sons, a husband, and two male dogs, Jean Blackmer has learned a lot about living with boys. She knows that as a mom it isn't always easy to communicate and connect with these creatures of noise and energy. Everyday, they force you to live in a world where bugs are cool, safety is an afterthought, and "talking is torture."

In Boy-sterous Living, Jean shares a few of the priceless stories and laugh-out-loud lessons that she and her boys have experienced over the years. With humorous insight and practical advice, she offers encouragement and ideas to help both mothers and fathers impact and shape the lives of their sons. From understanding their love of sports to overcoming the superman complex, Jean shows moms how to find joy and contentment in everyday life by celebrating the laughter, passion, noise, and endless energy boys bring to our lives.

Additonal resources include:

* Thoughtful questions to help parents explore their views on raising sons
* Bible verses to help parents apply God's truth to the trials and joys of raising a family
* Suggestions for more information on several topic and issues related to parenting boys

Beacon Hill Press, 192 pages.

Meet Jean!

Jean is currently the Publishing Manager for MOPS International and she's been free-lance writing for 16 years. She has been published in a variety of local and national publications, including: Guideposts, MomSense, Today's Christian Woman, Christian Parenting Today, American Girl, Proverbs 31 Woman, Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul, Chicken Soup Cookbook for the Busy Mom's Soul, Focus on the Family's Teen Phases, Guideposts Miracle Series, and others.

She also co-authored her first book, Where Women Walked: Powerful True Stories of Women's Perseverance and God's Provision. (Tyndale/Focus on the Family, 2004) This book was nominated for a Gold Medallion Award.

Jean graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor's (1987) and a Master's (1992) degree in Journalism. She lives in Boulder with her husband Zane; three boys, Josh, Jordan, and Jake.

Find out more about Jean here!

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