Sue Smith reflects on how Susy Lee’s unique and engaging book helps families engage in deep conversations for change.
‘Raising Kids Who Care’ - a unique book written by a passionate person who did just that!
Susy Lee and her husband Brian have now grown up children who are people who deeply care for others. I have known Susy for many years and have followed her career through state and national consultancy roles in children and families ministry and international aid and development and advocacy roles. As a children’s pastor for 15 years, I experienced and learnt from Susy’s passion, wisdom and innovative ideas for helping kids grow in their care, understanding and love for others.
Her long held dream of writing a book to help parents and children grow in empathy and understanding of themselves, others, their culture and of social justice issues, has come to fruition and is now shortlisted as a contender for Christian Book of the Year awards - even though her book wasn’t specifically written for Christian families.
Relationships, culture, social justice issues, resources and much more, have been thoroughly researched (just check out the End Notes!) and the family conversation ideas are presented in a unique, practical, child-friendly, warm and down-to-earth format with Susy’s fun personality and faith shining through.
It is a wonderful resource for all families, with many extra suggestions for online resources to take conversations and experiences further.
When Susy told me her book had been published, I knew it would be a life- changing book for kids and families, so I bought a copy for myself, one for each of my four married children with kids, and one for our Children and Families pastor. I have been so impressed and encouraged by ‘Raising Kids Who Care’, and I am sure you will be too – give it a try with your family!
You can read a blog post written by Susy Lee, ‘Reading Together to Spark Deep Conversations’, as part of Common Grace’s Book Week 2021 series.
You can also find out more and purchase a copy of Susy Lee’s ‘Raising Kids who Care’ book here.
Sue is passionate about Jesus and Justice and has been helping kids to get to know Jesus and how to follow his way, for over 50 years in various roles - as a volunteer, an SRE teacher, a curriculum writer and a Children’s Pastor. She is married to Howard and they have 4 ‘grown up’ children and 13 grandchildren. In ‘retirement’, Sue now grows ‘food and friendships’ as she heads up the team at her church community garden.