Review: How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?

19 Mar

How Many Times

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? by Rachael Carman

You’ve probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to what you’re saying?

“I remember the day you were born.”

“Turn down the music!”

“This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”

“Hold my hand.”

Your heavenly Father wants to tell you many of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you’re raising children—she has seven! But this lovely devotional book will help you to hear God’s still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn how to recognize God’s instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.

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My thoughts:

Rachael Carman shares her heart and her “everyday adventures” in How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You? and offers her own personal stories and insights gained as a parent of seven children.  In this encouraging book, Rachael suggests that, as a parent, you should examine what you are saying to your children and discover what God is saying to you.

Each short chapter begins with a common parenting phrase such as “We Don’t Act Like That” and “It Doesn’t Matter What Everyone Else Is Doing” and includes parenting and spiritual application.  I enjoyed the concise manner in which each phrase was addressed and the candidness with which Rachael shared her own life experiences.  I also enjoyed the “moment of introspection” that concludes each chapter.  These questions are great for thought, discussion, and reflection.

One of my favorite chapters in the book is “God Has Great Plans For You”.  Rachael talks about the ways she has shared this promise with her children from their infancy and also reminds us that God has great plans for each of us as His children.  I especially loved the following passage.

“God has great plans for you and for me, just as He does for our kids.  This motherhood gig isn’t just a bump in the road.  It’s not just another detour or quick pit stop.  It is a critical part of our journey.  It’s not meant to be rushed or resented, abdicated or averted, dismissed or diminished.  It’s meant to be relished.  This time is to be embraced and enjoyed.” 

How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You? is a heartfelt book that will encourage you and challenge you in your role as a parent and also as a child of God!    



Rachael Carman is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart’s desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.

Find Rachael online: website, Twitter, Facebook

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I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity.  All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received. 

One Response to “Review: How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?”

  1. Melanie Backus March 19, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    Britney, thank you for a wonderful review. It sounds like many would benefit from reading How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?

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