“I didn’t feel like I could take advice from you!”


    I recently received this email from a follower and it got me so encouraged that I asked if I could share it with all of you …

    Dear crystal,

    I’ve read and looked forward to your daily MSM email every night for the past few years, and I’ve read two of your previous books. It has really helped me save a lot of money over the years and I really appreciate what you are doing.

    I was not interested in reading your book

    But I want to be honest with you. I had absolutely no interest in reading your new book, Love-Centered Parenting, when you mentioned it in your emails.

    My only child is on the autism spectrum, just graduated from high school last year and recently turned 20. I felt like you had nothing to offer me when it came to parenting advice, and I also felt that I had “finished” the need for parenting books since my son was 20 years old.

    I didn’t feel like I could take any advice from you

    Nor did I feel I could take advice from someone who appeared to me with perfect children, a perfect marriage, and a perfect life in general.

    But then I saw you post about a television interview and had a look at it, and I was utterly shocked that one of your children was labeled a bully several years ago. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

    I am VERY familiar with Mental Health Hospitals as my son was in and out of them several times in his youth and my heart was truly with you. I’ve got a trial version of Scribd this month, so I’ve decided what the harm, I’m going to listen to your book.

    Your book wasn’t what I expected at all

    I’ve been listening to binge listening for the past 3 days and just finished it. I now have fifty-two bookmarks to listen to and take notes again.

    It was SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD and not at all what I expected !!! You did a FABULOUS job, and I know your Heavenly Father is incredibly proud of the book you brought out.

    My son isn’t wired at all like me and we fight so much because he wants to show me his electronics projects or what he’s working on (hyper focus with highly functional autism) and I’m just so bored and honestly I don’t care sometimes.

    He’s so needy and needs my attention a lot and it’s overwhelming at times, but your book really got me thinking about the state of my heart and my reaction to him.

    I will try hard to lean on and love and be grateful that he wants me to be so included in his life. I’m about to grab a journal and start writing down all of the nuggets of wisdom before my trial ends in 2 days.

    Thank you for writing Love-centered parenting! And I also believe that at the beginning of the book you sold yourself a lot when you said it was for parents of young children. This is a book that ALL parents, no matter their age, can learn from. – A grateful follower

    When I read letters like this, I feel so humble. I am so grateful that God is using the message of love-centered parenting to change hearts and homes!

    By the way, if you want to read or listen to a copy it is available on Scribd, Audiobooks.com, and most of the libraries have the hard copy or offer the audiobook on Libby or Hoopla. You can also get a copy from Amazon or ChristianBook.com.

    Photos by WordsWisdomWhitney, Bethany House Nonfiction, and GracefullyLivingNY


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