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Their Name Is Today

Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World

By Johann Christoph Arnold

192 Pages

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There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide.

Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life’s challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom.

Their Name Is Today takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.

"Beautiful…It is Arnold’s reverence for children that I love."

Jonathan Kozol - author

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Why Forgive? 

By Johann Christoph Arnold

218 Pages

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Forgiveness has become a buzzword, but people still don’t understand it. They don’t realize its rewards—or the cost of refusing to forgive. Many think forgiving means excusing, forgetting, or ignoring their pain. They view it as weakness.

Why Forgive? brings together survivors of crime, betrayal, bigotry, and abuse—and ordinary men and women plagued by everyday strife. Not all are ready to forgive. But all are determined not to let anger, bitterness, and despair control their lives. Together, their stories will challenge and encourage others wherever they are on the road to healing.

A much-needed message not only for South Africa, but for the whole world."

Nelson Mandela

A most impressive book…so powerful that tears often impede reading."

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Classroom Discussion Topics

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Thought provoking questions for use before or after a Breaking the Cycle assembly.

Breaking the Cycle Powerpoint

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Great for use in classes before the assembly. Provides a basis for classroom discussion related to the topic of forgiveness.
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