“In This House We Will Giggle” by Courtney DeFeo

In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family LifeIn This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life by Courtney Defeo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book, as indicated by the subtitle, is about making virtues, love, and laughter a daily part of your family life. With rave reviews by Sandra Stanley, Lauren Tomlin, and Holly Furtick, this book sets out to annihilate the destructive family lifecycle of tension and stress and replace it with joy and happiness. The author meets a worthy challenge: taking the current reality of the American family and the common snapping at children for being, well, children, and transforming it into the dream model everyone imagines life with be like raising kids before they actually have kids themselves. Truth be told, this is a lesson that my family needs, and I am sure plenty of other families, religious or not, need as well.

Each chapter starts with a virtue to review and a “memory verse” that focuses on that virtue, along with lesson material for that month’s study (anecdotes, references, etc.).The chapters review joy, love, forgiveness, faith, patience, perseverance, respect, responsibility, service, humility, gratitude, and generosity. Each chapter includes an activity at the end to apply the lessons learned. Each chapter, or virtue, is designed to have a whole month dedicated to it, resulting in the full application of this book taking a full year to complete. The author intentionally points out that while there are anecdotes to be shared, the book is not a book of parenting insights, but rather a regurgitation of scriptural truth. Also, throughout the book, there are sixty activities listed, based off one of the virtues, designed to elicit giggles from the family.

Overall, the content is engaging and relevant. Practical yet interactive, the author did and excellent job at approaching each virtue from a biblical perspective and addressing it appropriately and with actual measurable outcomes (in a way). The book is great for families looking to lighten up, as well as families that need some inspiration to maintain a proper silliness level. Great for dads and moms alike, I found this book informative and helpful for me, and I am sure that my wife will as well. Definitely worth checking out, for sure.

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