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Safe House

How Emotional Safety Is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well

Joshua Straub, PhD

About Safe House

Parenting isn't rocket science, it's just brain surgery.
And Dr. Joshua Straub has good news for you: You can do it!
 

You don’t need to do all the “right” things as a parent. Both science and the Bible show us that the most important thing we can provide for our kids is a place of emotional safety. In other words, the posture from which we parent matters infinitely more than the techniques of parenting.
 
Emotional safety—more than any other factor—is scientifically linked to raising kids who live, love, and lead well. Learn how to use emotional safety as a foundation from which you parent—and make a cultural impact that could change the world!
 
In Safe House, Dr. Straub draws from his extensive research and personal experience to help you:
 
- Foster healthy identity and social development in children of any age
- Win the war without getting overwhelmed in the daily battles
- Discipline in a way that builds relationship
- Understand how the culture is affecting your child and what you can do about it
- Cultivate responsible, self-regulating behavior in your kids
- Establish an unshakeable sense of faith, morality, and values in your home
- Feel more confident and peaceful as a parent
- Find a greater perspective on parenting than what you might see on a daily basis
 
 
Also includes a Safe House Parenting Assessment. 

Praise

“There’s no greater joy than raising children. There’s also no greater sorrow than when you don’t feel like you have what it takes to do it. Using the transparency of his own story, as well as his experience as a family counselor and dad himself, Josh provides a road map for making our homes the emotionally safest places in the world for our kids. Most importantly, you walk away with a true sense of encouragement that you really do have what it takes to write beautiful stories for your kids!”
—Candace Cameron Bure, actress, author, producer, and mom

“‘Home, sweet home’ is much more than a cliché; it’s a critically important goal toward which we should all strive as parents. Making your home a safe house is one of the best investments of time and energy you can possibly make. Joshua Straub shows how in this insightful book.”
—Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

“Safe House is a must-read and a humbling reminder that there’s no safety outside of God’s sovereignty. Thank you, Joshua, for reminding us that it’s never too late to raise kids who live, love, and lead well.”
—Shelene Bryan, founder of Skip1.org and author of Love Skip Jump

“In a humorous but candid approach, Joshua Straub uses scholarship and his own emotional pain to help us face and deal with our own stories. As a product of six broken homes and a lot of abuse, I know the urgency and the desperation to rewrite my story for my children’s sake, and for heaven’s sake. Many of us are familiar with panicked efforts to child-proof our homes, but after decades of training students, I often wondered if it was possible to parent-proof our children. This timely book, Safe House, is full of wisdom, examples, and appreciations of, most of all, hope for our most cherishable possessions—our children.”
—Dr. Jay Strack, president and founder of StudentLeadership.net

“I wish I could’ve read Safe House before I raised my daughters. I’m sure it would’ve saved them many dollars spent on therapy. Thanks to Josh and this amazing book, I have a second chance. I am now embracing the principles in this book and applying them to my relationship with six beautiful grandchildren.”
—Ken Davis, author of Fully Alive and speaker and communications trainer

“To the exhausted parent, these pages are filled with hope. To the insecure parent, these pages are filled with confidence. To the parent trying to win your child’s heart before the culture does, these pages are empowering. Josh has created an insightful work-of-heart that will truly impact families for generations to come!”
—Shannon Ethridge, MA, life/relationship coach and author of twenty-two books, including the million-copy, best-selling Every Woman’s Battle series

“Parenting is hard. No doubt about it. We deal with insecurity and great frustration as we work through motives, parenting styles, and discipline strategies. Joshua Straub does a fantastic job in Safe House encouraging parents to stay focused on what’s most important: the heart of the child. This book will help eradicate insecurity and insanity from your home.”
—Ted Cunningham, founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church and author of Fun Loving You and The Power of Home

About Joshua Straub, PhD

Joshua Straub, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, and family advocate. He uses his knowledge in the area of trauma to help people around the world, including those in Rwanda who seek healing from the 1994 genocide. Josh has served as the senior director of professional development for the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is cofounder and president of The Connextion Group, assistant professor at Liberty University Online and serves on the teaching team at Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri. Josh and his wife, Christi, are the proud parents of a son and daughter.

Product Details

224 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Oct 20, 2015

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 24

Press Release

“‘Home, sweet home’ is much more than a cliché; it’s a critically important goal toward which we should all strive as parents. Making your home a safe house is one of the best investments of time and energy you can possibly make. Joshua Straub shows how in this insightful book.” —Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

The Definitive Guide to Intentional Parenthood

Parenting isn’t rocket science; but it is brain surgery. This simple theme serves as the cornerstone on which child psychology expert, Dr. Joshua Straub, constructs one of the most anticipated parenting books of year. Unlike most parenting books, Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well (WaterBrook Press, Oct. 20, 2015), takes a parent-first approach and invites parents to piece together the various parts of their own story in an effort to understand the way they relate to their children.
 
“While many parenting books are filled with techniques to get our children to behave better, sleep more, cry less, and so forth, my heart is first for you as a parent,” Dr. Straub explains.
 
Dr. Straub draws from extensive research, his years of experience counseling thousands of families and undeniable Biblical truths to help parents:
·   Foster healthy identity and social development in children of any age.
·   Discipline in a way that builds true relationship.
·   Cultivate responsible, self-regulating behavior in children.
·   Establish a firm foundation of faith, morality and values in the home.
 
Dr. Straub’s voice is one of both an expert and a fellow parent and accomplishes the almost impossible task of leading parents toward a new perspective without leaving them with guilt or shame for the parenting mistakes they’ve made in the past. “Will we make mistakes?” Dr. Straub asks. “Absolutely. But realize this, you have what it takes to write a story full of beauty and joy for your kids. And it’s a good thing, too, because nobody has the power to write (and rewrite) our children’s life story more than we do.”
        
Complete with practical steps in each chapter and a Safe House Parenting Assessment, this groundbreaking new book is a must-read for any parent who is seeking scientifically based and  Biblically sound advice on how to become a more intentional parent. With incredible clarity, Safe House gets straight to the heart of what children really need to thrive—an emotionally secure parent.

Praise for Safe House

 
“There’s no greater joy than raising children. There’s also no greater sorrow than when you don’t feel like you have what it takes to do it. Using the transparency of his own story, as well as his experience as a family counselor and dad himself, Josh provides a road map for making our homes the emotionally safest places in the world for our kids. Most importantly, you walk away with a true sense of encouragement that you really do have what it takes to write beautiful stories for your kids!”
Candace Cameron Bure, actress, author, producer, and mom
 
Safe House is a must-read and a humbling reminder that there’s no safety outside of God’s sovereignty. Thank you, Joshua, for reminding us that it’s never too late to raise kids who live, love, and lead well.”—Shelene Bryan, founder of Skip1.org and author of Love Skip Jump
 
“To the exhausted parent, these pages are filled with hope. To the insecure parent, these pages are filled with confidence. To the parent trying to win your child’s heart before the culture does, these pages are empowering. Josh has created an insightful work-of-heart that will truly impact families for generations to come!”—Shannon Ethridge, MA, life/relationship coach and author of 22 books, including the million-copy, best-selling Every Woman’s Battle series

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JOSHUA STRAUB, PhD, is an author, speaker, and family advocate. He has trained thousands of professionals in Critical Incident Stress Management. Dr. Straub has used his experience and knowledge in the area of trauma to help people around the world, most notably in Rwanda to help communities recover from the 1994 genocide. Previously, he served as the Senior Director of Professional Development for the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is currently assistant professor at Liberty University Online and serves on the teaching team at Woodland Hills Family Church. He has been featured on media outlets including Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk, FamilyLife Today, 100 Huntley St. and washingtonpost.com. Dr. Straub and his wife Christi reside in the Nashville area and are the proud parents of a son and daughter.
 
Website: http://www.joshuastraub.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/joshuastraub
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoshuaStraubPhD

Religion/Christian Life/Family
ISBN 9781601427892 ● Trade Paperback ● 224 Pages ● $14.99 U.S./$19.99 Canada
eBook ISBN 9781601427908 ● $11.99 U.S./$13.99 Canada

 

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By Teisha Priest

It took me a long time to read and process through Safe House by Joshua Straub. It's a great book, with plenty of useful information, but it's not a light read! Kids need to feel safe when they're growing up. I think most of us would agree with this. Safe House delves into why it's important, and how to create a "safe house" for your own kids. The book starts off by talking about looking at your own story and why that's important....

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By Hannah Herrmann

I have had this book around for a shamefully long time. It took me a while to read it, because itâ??s a lot of information to digestâ?¦ but itâ??s good information. Safe House is about security and balance, and talks a lot about how the focus of parenting is finding a way to have a relationship with our children somewhere at the intersection of grace and truth.I love that this book is very biblically-based and also very practical, with a lot...

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By melissa kling

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review:Safe House took me a long time to read. It is not a book one can simply skim through and toss aside. It takes time, and thought, and even re-reading. It was sometimes a painful read. It showed me in so many ways the house I was raised in was not a safe house. I suggest journaling as you read through the book. A journal will provide a place for favorite quotes and...

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By Stephanie Asher

I read the book Safe House By: Joshua Straub PHD. I love the idea of making my kids feel emotionally secure and safe. As a child, no matter how bad things would get sometimes financially or anything like that. As long as I felt loved by my mom and dad, it always made me feel more secure. As a parent, I have to remember that I canâ??t be perfect! Itâ??s not possible. Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. When all our kids really need is our...

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By Kyndra Kemp

Safe House by Joshua Straub is a wonderful book about how to help your children to feel safe emotionally so that they will be able to thrive in their environment. It is a Christian book that helps to see ways to encourage children to be responsible, self regulating children and offers assistance to parents that is easy to follow and actually works! Iâ??ve tried several suggestions with my daughter and have had wonderful results. A wonderful...

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