Character in Action:Taking the Next Steps

Learn how to reach out to others in practical ways!  by Marilyn Boyer and Kelley Boyer- For approximate ages 6-12.

Book 3 in Learning Character with the Cousins series- See also Crossroads of Character and Character Trails

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Join the Boyer cousins as they turn begin to put character in action in this third book in the Learning Character with the Cousins series!  God has us on this earth to be his servants and to invest our lives in the lives of others. Don't know how to get started? We've got some ideas. We've been learning how to reach out and become engaged in ministry projects. The needs are great. All we have to do is ask God to show up which ones He wants us to get involved in.  Cassidy, Luke, Adam, Anne, Melody, Lauren, along with their younger brothers and sisters, Patrick, Michael, James, Ella, Lainey, Autumn, Lynn and Paul have been busy this year ministering to widowers, veterans, elderly folks, children with life-threatening diseases, emergency service personnel to name a few  as well as making their voices heard at pro-life rallies and the polling place.  They hope to give you a vision of ways you can get involved spreading the gospel and blessing the lives of others in your sphere of influence. Put on your walking shoes and join us in taking the next step! Hard cover, 144 pp.

Character qualities covered are: Creativity, Sensitivity, Kindness, Responsibility, Compassion, Initiative, Generosity, Honor, Hospitality, Alertness, Gratefulness, Availability, Decisiveness, and Deference

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09/3/2016 Stephanie B. The Boyer cousins are back! These adorable kids are bigger, wiser and just as sweet as ever in this new book called Character in Action.

Character in Action invites your family to "take the next step" by literally putting character into real action. Full of practical steps to take, it teaches your family various ways to reach out and become engaged with those who need our help. Real-life stories with the cousins demonstrate to children all the ways we interact with others and shows the "why" behind the importance of good character and good behavior.

Each chapter introduces a "catch phrase" and scripture, a true story, and a section entitled "Taking the Next Step" that gives your children several ideas of things that they can do to show their good character. Included at the bottom are suggested scripture stories to further your study of each character quality.

This book is great! My kids favorite story so far is of cousin Lauren and Mrs. Burks. Mrs. Burks was a little elderly lady who was a bit lonely but Lauren made a special project out of giving Mrs. Burks a hug whenever they saw each other. Such a small and simple thing brought great joy to both Mrs. Burks and Lauren. By her example both of my girls have worked on picking someone each Sunday to hug and make them feel loved and special...putting the character trait of Kindness into Action.

This book is a very welcome addition to my Character Curriculum Library!
07/12/2016 Marilyn B. Awesome tool for parents and teachers! I love this book! I have seen Boyer children grow up and start families of their own. They are men and women of integrity and are teaching their children to put character traits in action. Each chapter begins with the Character Trait with a corresponding Bible Verse and stories of "the cousins" putting what they have learned into action. In this book, each chapter ends with a list of suggestions. "Try to put yourself in the place of others. Think how would I feel if I were in their place. What could I do that would really be a help to them? Ask God to show you needs that you can meet." Compassion in Action) This sums it up in a nutshell. How many children are taught to put themselves in someones place? In a self-absorbed world, this book is refreshing and enlightning. I highly recommend this book for parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who works with children. I see there are things I can also do for others! ~ Kathy Purdy
07/11/2016 Marilyn B. Excellent book
Character In Action is another excellent book by Marilyn and daughter, Kelley Boyer. It is a timely, clear and encouraging instructional book for parents as they strive to raise their children with Godly character qualities. It is a fun read for the young people as they see how to build these character qualities, in action, through the lives of the Boyer “cousins”. My children are grown but I wish that I had such a clear and understandable guide for instilling character at my fingertips while raising my family. I would highly recommend this book to all ages….. grandparents, parents and children.~ Elaine
06/28/2016 Marilyn B. A True Gem This book is wonderful. I'd recommend it for anyone hoping to teach their kids to have sensitive hearts to the world around them and learn practical ways to help others. Each chapter begins with a definition and a scripture verse. This is handy for memorization and is also a great for introducing and reinforcing the concept. The second section tells a real-life story from “the cousins” about a time when they put that concept into action. The dialogue and pictures are engaging and captivating, for even very young children. The recommended age is 6-12 but even my 2-year-old enjoyed these story sections of the chapters. (I chose to censor a few sections about war, due to the ages of my children.) The third section outlines some inspiring, practical suggestions for implementing the concept in your own family. The end of each chapter references an index in the back where the reader can look to find scriptural examples of the character concept in action.

The fact that this series uses a different translation than the one our family uses has not been a problem. If I’m asking my kids to memorize the verse, I simply keep a Bible on hand to look it up in the NIV. But if we’re speaking topically I just read the KJV translation provided.

Character is the cornerstone of a good education. The stories are rich and heartwarming, and really help my children to develop a clearer picture of what is really means to love God and their neighbors. Along with the other two Learning Character with the Cousins series, I am certain this book will be a favorite in our homeschool curriculum for years to come.

Emily D


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