Book Review: Raising a Princess by John Croyle
When I was asked to write a book review of Raising a Princess by John Croyle, I was a little torn. We obviously don’t have a daughter and I was a little scared that I wouldn’t be able to accurately review the book because of that. Jim and I had just finished attending a multiple-week small group on parenting with some of the senior-level pastoral staff at our church and eager to learn a little more, I decided that if I learned one thing from the book, it would be worth stealing a few minutes here or there to read the book.
Wow! Did I learn way more than one thing! Raising a Princess by John Croyle is beautifully written and it isn’t just for those with daughters. If you interact with any girls – whether toddlers, highschoolers, college-aged or even adult women, this book is worth the read! Croyle’s work at the Big Oaks Ranch shines in this book and the wisdom he speaks is profound in raising your daughter (granddaughter, niece, etc.) to be God’s Princess.
Raising a Princess had me crying in the first couple pages of the book and laughing in others. John Croyle’s ability to use just the right real world situation to illustrate a point of scripture and of value is exceptional. Raising a Princess lays out eight specific virtues and characteristics that Croyle feels are vital in teaching your daughter and provides step-by-step guidelines for teaching such.
John Croyle’s reference and explanation to the Proverbs 31 woman is perhaps one of the best I have ever read. Not only does he speak about the Proverbs 31 woman, he gives instruction and examples of how to raise our girls to joyfully (and I say joyfully) emulate the works and heart of the Proverbs 31 woman. A few years back, I attended a study on the Proverbs 31 woman, and this book trumped the study in all of the 3 hours it took me to read it!
The last section of the book is perhaps my favorite! It includes an interview with both Croyle’s daughter (who works with him at Big Oaks Ranch) and his son about their childhood and how these virtues were instilled, especially for Croyle’s daughter. The interview appears candid and provides insight into what modeling these virtues really look like in the real world.