Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Review: How to Really Love Your Adult Child: Building a Healthy Relationship in a Changing World by Gary Chapman, Ross Campbell

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Northfield Publishing; Revised edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802468519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802468512

Product Description


More than 10 years after Parenting Your Adult Child was published, much has changed - including young adults themselves, as well as their parents. Economic upheavals, challenges to traditional values and beliefs, the phenomenon of over-involved "helicopter parenting" - all make relating to grown children more difficult than ever. Yet at the same time, being a parent of an adult child can bring great rewards. This revised and updated version of Dr. Gary Chapman's and Dr. Ross Campbell's message will help today's parents explore how to really love their adult child in today's changing world. The book includes brief sidebars from parents of adult children and adult children themselves with their own stories. An online study guide will also be available.

About the Author


GARY CHAPMAN is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Five Love Languages book and series. With more than 35 years of pastoring and marriage counseling experience, he travels the world presenting seminars to couples who want to improve their marriage relationship. He is host of the weekly radio program Building Relationships, which airs on more than 170 stations. For information, visit

ROSS CAMPBELL, M.D., is the author of the bestselling book How to Really Love Your Child, which has sold more than one million copies. He has spent over 30 years as a clinical psychiatrist, concentrating on the parent-child relationship. Today he works with the Ministering to Ministers Foundation, serving individual ministers, their families, and church organizations. Dr. Campbell is the co-author of The Five Love Languages of Children and Parenting Your Adult Child and author of How to Really Love Your Teenager. Dr. Campbell resides in Signal Mountain, Tennessee.

My Review

I was provided an ebook review copy of this book through Net Galley.

Most books in regard to raising children are aimed at younger children.  This book is unique and also very timely for me as it investigates parenting adult children. Every chapter held some gems of wisdom for me.  In particular,  Chapter 2: When Your Child is Not Succeeding.  Conflicts Over Lifestyles Issues, Chapter 6, was another helpful one for me.  This book emphasizes love and prayer both of which I utilize to help through these difficult years when our children are adjusting to becoming adults.  I really appreciated the legacies we need to leave our children with:  a moral legacy, a spiritual legacy, an emotional legacy, and a financial legacy.  And of course the reality that all we really want is for a children to have a character to be proud of and to live a life of integrity.

I highly recommend this book for the parents of adult children.  You are not alone!!

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