Posted On December 30, 2019

Children’s Book Review: Pause Power

by | Dec 30, 2019 | General

Pause Power
by Jennifer Law; illustrated by Brian Martin.
Boys Town Press

Pause Power is a book for children aged about 5-10 years old. I was really excited about this book because I have young boys who often bother each other and the skill to pause and not react is a skill I want them to learn.

The book follows a young boy named Gabe around as he learns about the “buttons” that he has which the other children “push.” It starts with Gabe blaming others for “pushing his buttons,” and finished with Gave realizing that he can control how many buttons he exposes.

The key for Gabe is to use his “pause power” when he is upset. By pausing and thinking through his next choice, Gabe is able to make better choices. Basically, the book teaches children to pause before acting out on anger and to take deep breaths or count. It falls short of teaching children to trust God and to avoid sin for the sake of righteousness, so it won’t be sufficient for a Christian home, but the ideas presented are not bad, especially the tips for parents to help you teach your child to stay calm.

My five-year-old son had trouble understanding what the buttons were, exactly. I think this book would be better understood by kids in the 6-9 range. If you are looking for a book with techniques to help a child who gets angry or loses self-control, I think Pause Power can be a helpful supplement. But ultimately it falls in the category of gospel-less help for good living so discerning parents will want to be sure they are also teaching their children to turn to Christ for forgiveness for their sin, and the power to live a righteous life.

I read a digital copy, so I cannot comment on the quality of the actual production of the book.

You can purchase it here: https://www.boystownpress.org/pause-power/

Related Posts

Quick Thoughts on Bethel Redding California

Quick Thoughts on Bethel Redding California

Bad Theology Take Here's a screenshotted FB post where someone quoted Kris Vallotton (from Bethel Redding) saying that the church must demonstrate the miraculous works of Christ. It is clearly implied that this is what allows nonbelievers to experience repentance....

Things Above Needs Your Help

Things Above Needs Your Help

Hello brothers and sisters! Michael Coughlin, Allen Nelson, Chuck Ivey, Dave Mitchell, and George Alvarado need your help. We write at Things Above Us and desire our audience and subscriptions to expand. So in essence, we just need three things. If you can help with...

Looking unto Jesus, In Context

Looking unto Jesus, In Context

In Hebrews 12:2, the key phrase "looking unto Jesus" is often quoted, but popularly misunderstood in light of its context. In general, every Christian knows we should always keep our eyes on Jesus. And in the midst of the troubles we face, it's even more important to...

Subscribe to Things Above Us!

Subscribe to Things Above Us!

Hello and happy Friday to those of you reading this on the day it's posted. Recently we discovered that our Mailchimp feed was headed to most people's SPAM mailboxes. This issue has now been fixed! Please use the subscribe links on the page to get an email every time...

Some Updates on Things Above Us

Some Updates on Things Above Us

We have been going through some transitions lately so I wanted to share a bit of what has been happening. Personally, I have been really busy pastoring Covenant Bible Church so my time for writing has been limited. No one has reached out to complain that I haven't...

What Can Rural Church Pastors do in the SBC?

What Can Rural Church Pastors do in the SBC?

Recently, during a public conversation with SBC 1st VP, Dr. Lee Brand, I had the opportunity to share what I think pastors in rural churches can do in the current tumult of the Southern Baptist Convention. I thought I would share these thoughts in writing as an...

0 Comments