Raising Resilient Kids

Reviewed By:

Debbie Dehart, church librarian

Berean Baptist Church, Portage Michigan


Raising Resilient Kids


Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang


Tyndale House

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Print book


263 pages

In Loma Linda, CA there lives the largest concentration of people over the age of 100 in the country. The area is well-known for the health and longevity of its residents, and the author, noted epidemiologist, decided to find out why. This book was the result. Her focus is on eight different areas which emerged as being important to overall health and well-being. The mother of three children, Dr. Spencer-Hwang approached her subject from the perspective of helping families learn how to raise their offspring to be more resilient, healthy and – presumably – long-lived.
The eight areas are: Nature Engagement, Active Movement, Simple Foods, ‘
Resting Reset, Nurturing Relationships, Faith Foundation, Positive Mindset, and Helping Hands. The book includes many suggestions for practical application as well as inspiring stories from the centenarians in Loma Linda. There are also discussion questions and sample recipes, along with a survey to help the readers identify their own families’ strengths and weaknesses, so they can determine where they most need to change and grow.


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Christian Impact:

The author’s faith is mentioned occasionally, and one whole chapter is about the importance of being involved in a faith community and the impact of living as a believer. (Note: the centenarian community was/is largely 7th Day Adventist).

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