Over the holidays I won a gift card to Deseret Book, at which time I picked up a copy of Anne Bradshaw's Famous Family Nights. The book is a fun and easy read, a compilation of stories, thoughts, and memories relating to family home evening--all told by well known LDS people from around the world.
From the back of the book: "With so much to do and little time to do it in, you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to organizing a perfect family night. You are not alone! With stories that are sure to make you smile, Famous Family Nights will inspire you to see the humor and love in this familiar Monday night tradition. Award-winning screenwriter Anne Bradshaw has compiled an outstanding collection of stories from famous Mormon performers, artists, authors, and more."
There are nearly 100 personal different accounts from various contributors in Famous Family Nights, including Susan Easton Black, Carol Lynn Pearson, and Josi Kilpack (to name a few). I loved that some have shared tips to help FHE go smoother (i.e., hold it at a regular time, take turns teaching the lessons). I chuckled at a tip from author Marcia Mickelson--she and her husband help FHE in the car so their kids would sit still longer!
Overall, I thought this was a really fun read and would make a great gift for extended family members. It might be fun to put it in a gift basket with a lesson book (hint, hint), some treats, and a little game.
You can read more about Anne Bradshaw and Famous Family Nights on her blog. Be sure to check it out.
Scripture of the Day: Philippians 4:4
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