Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review: Pearls and Tools of Wisdom by Dr. Donna Gardner

for Parents and Children
by Dr. Donna Gardner
Illustrated by Tomisha Davis
and Dr. Lin Sun
Reignaissance Publications
42 pages

Do you want to raise a child that is WISE?

As adults we are charged with protecting our most precious commodity… our children. The greatest protection we could offer them is to provide them with guidance on attaining wisdom. Within the pages of this book you will read the pearls of wisdom offered in God’s word. As well as learn tools that you and your child can apply to everyday life. May Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents and Children be a blessing for you and your family as it provides guidance on the importance of listening, praying, learning, being positive, being good, working, and persevering.


Like with all books, which are designed to help with life issues, I recommend that parents take a look at this themselves to make sure the messages being brought across are what they agree with.

That said, this is a well thought out book, which has a lot of good things to say. The format is easy to follow, offering advice to kids and parents, and then quoting several Bible verses as support for the different issues addressed. It's written in a way kids will understand, and the parent sections are also easy to understand and relate to. While reading through it, I could picture it as a good daily reflection for parents to share with the children.



To the Kids:
Hello Kids! My name is Dr. Donna. I am psychologist who loves the Lord! It took me many years to learn that God has all the answers. Now I want to share some of those answers with you and your parents.  

To the Parents:
It’s often assumed wisdom comes with old age. But this isn’t always true. So how can we understand what wisdom is and where to get it? That’s where this book comes in. I will share with you the biblical perspective about wisdom based on the book Proverbs, an Old Testament book of simple sayings and short parables (stories). Let’s begin with Proverbs 30:5 (ERV), which states: “You can trust this: Every word that God speaks is true. God is a safe place for those who go to him.” This verse reminds us that God’s word is the ultimate resource. Every question, every problem, and every need can be answered by turning to God – and that is the essence of what it means to be wise!
Each new chapter of this book will tackle different aspects of life. For each new topic, biblical verses and everyday applications will be provided for the adults, as well as the children. May you use this book to plant the seeds of wisdom within your children, and may it feed and nurture your own soul about God’s intention to make us wise and fruitful throughout our earthly days.

Biblical Verses About Teaching Wisdom to Children:
Proverbs 8:17 - I love those who love me, and those who look for me will find me.
Proverbs 13:22 - It is good to have something to pass down to your grandchildren. But wealth hidden away by sinners will be given to those who live right.
Proverbs 23:24-25 - The father of a good person is very happy. A wise child brings him joy. Make both of your parents happy. Give your mother that same joy.

And here she is. . .
Dr. Donna Gardner!!!

Dr. Donna Gardner earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Binghamton University, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in School Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. She is in possession of a Georgia certification in School Psychology and a Georgia license in Psychology. She has over 15 years experience working in Pre-K -to-12 schools, and other clinical settings such as foster care and community based mental health agencies. Her areas of expertise include assessment, intervention, consultation, and counseling.
In addition, Dr. Gardner has over 8 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses for institutions such as Long Island University, Argosy University, University of Phoenix, Saint Leo University, and Iona College. She has published several articles in peer reviewed psychological journals and has presented at various national conferences. Dr. Gardner is a native New Yorker, now residing in Atlanta Georgia.
Currently, Dr. Donna is in the process of publishing two additional books: the first a memoir/self-help book on coping with mood disorders, the second a children’s book on multicultural resiliency.  
When not engrossed in psychology or writing, Dr. Donna enjoys dancing, practicing Bikram Yoga, traveling, sampling new restaurants, doing community service activities with her sorority, and spending time with family & friends.

You can find Dr. Donna on:  
Her Website – www.donnadoctora.com
Twitter – @donnadoctora6
Instagram – Dr. Donna Gardner

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