A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Resources for parenting

Celia Lashlie is a New Zealander whose work on parenting and raising kids is highly recommended by secular professionals, including those who are working in the primary prevention of domestic abuse. She’s coming to speak in Ballarat so I checked out her website. She has written two books that might be of interest to our readers:

The Power of Mothers
He’ll be okay: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men

You can check them out at Celia’s website  Celia Lashlie

[This is not a paid advert and I haven’t read the books. I’m just passing on the tip in case it is useful.]


  1. MeganC

    These look great! I just like the title of the second book! “Growing Gorgeous Boys….” LOVE!

  2. KayE

    Celia Lashlie is very wise and well-respected.It’s well worth reading her books or listening to her. Her advice on raising boys is especially good.

  3. Bethany

    Has anyone read the book about raising boys? I would like to hear a personal review before buying it. I have two boys and I want to give them every chance possible to be good men. Thank you 🙂

    • Bethany

      It is selling for $50+ on Amazon and all the reviews say that it emphasizes the importance of the father in raising good men. I don’t want to spend that kind of money for a book that doesn’t help single moms. If I could get a review from a DV single mom it would be wonderful.

  4. KayE

    The book “He’ll be ok: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good men” is an interesting read, but to be honest I wouldn’t personally spend as much as $50 on it. (I borrowed it from the public library).Celia Lashlie’s background is that she worked as a prison officer for many years.This book is aimed at a general audience and doesn’t address domestic violence in particular. Her concern is more about preventing boys getting into trouble in a general sense(drugs, alcohol,general violence etc).She was a single mother herself, and does consider the difficulties of parenting a son whose father is absent, but only one chapter specifically addresses these problems.It is not a Christian book, and this is reflected by some of the topics she discusses and the language she occasionally uses.Overall, I found the book thought-provoking and challenging .But for specific parenting advice,I think there would be more helpful books available.

    • Bethany

      Thank you 🙂

  5. KayE

    I thought this book was worth every cent; “When Dad Hurts Mom:Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse” by Lundy Bancroft

    • Jeff Crippen

      That’s a good one alright KayE

    • Bethany

      I will look at getting this book thanks again.

      • Bethany

        KayE I just ordered it for only $12 including shipping and it will be here before thanksgiving 🙂 I can’t wait. It looks VERY helpful.

    • Just Me

      KayE, Is it geared toward physical abuse or does it cover emotional abuse as well? Thanks!

      • KayE

        Lundy Bancroft’s book covers all kinds of abuse

      • Just Me

        Thank you, KayE. I’ve read “Why Does He Do That.” It was truly eye-opening. I’ll be adding this one to my list.

  6. Thank you KayE. That’s very helpful.

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