Everyone has got a house where they lay their heads after the day’s works, but not everyone has a home. An American rapper once asked the question, ‘how can the president fix the nation when he ain’t fix his home yet?’ this question emphasizes the basis of a family in a man’s life.
Family is so important that if you get that aspect of your life right, other aspect will subsequently take shape but if it goes otherwise, can affect every other aspect, most especially, your outlook at the world around you.
Families are the center of life; they represent where we come from, where we are, and where we are going. It’s such a big part of our lives that it only makes sense to improve the relationship.
Essential Reads for the Soul, this week will explore books written by authors who have been successful with their families, including an expository on African family and traditions has described by Ifeoma Onyefulu.
The Secrets Of Happy Families – Bruce Feiler
Pages: 304 pages
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Dimensions: 9.6 x 6 x 1 inches
Using data gathered from experts in the disciplines of science, business, sports, and the military, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler has drawn up a blueprint for modern families. The Secrets of Happy Families is a new approach to family dynamics.
Feiler presents practical strategies to a happy family with such topics as; the right way to have family dinner, what your mother never told you about sex (but should have), and why you should always have two women present in difficult conversations.
Infused with humor, authenticity, compassionate, and filled with practical tips and wise advice, Bruce Feiler’s The Secrets of Happy Families will make “even the most skeptical parent sit up and take note” (Bonnie Rochman – Time)
The Honest Life – Jessica Alba
Pages: 272 pages
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Rodale Books
Book Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
Yes, it’s the same Jessica Alba, and you will agree she’s not doing too bad as well, she gives practical steps which she came by through her experiences. She was frustrated by the lack of trustworthy information on how to live healthier and cleaner with her family so she in 2012, together with Brian Lee and environmental advocate Christopher Gavigan, she launched The Honest Company, a brand where parents can find reliable information and products that are safe, stylish, and affordable. The Honest Life shares the insights and strategies she gathered along the way.
The Honest Life recounts Alba’s personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life. She shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with favorite family-friendly recipes) and embraces nontoxic choices at home and provides eco-friendly decor tips to fit any budget.
She also touched on beauty, perfumes, tips on mani-pedis for kids; everything and more that you wanted to know about how to have fun with beauty in a safe and caring way for your family and mother Earth.
One Big Family – Ifeoma Onyefulu
Genre: Fiction (Kids)
Pages: 32 pages
Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Book Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
Children’s author, flaunts the joy and pride of family, especially in the African perspective in this junior education, instructive book. The photographs, together with her simple explanations, ensure that there is plenty to talk about.
A little Nigerian girl describes her village and the way it is divided into ogbos, or age groups. Each ogbo is assigned to a different task, from that of her brother’s, which helps sweep the village clean, to her grandfather’s, which spreads words of wisdom to everyone. Bright, framed color photos show daily life and special occasions, from the narrator’s father with his ogbo building a nursery school to her mother performing at a festival.