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Third edition of best-selling classic published


Seven Things Children Need

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Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
July 27, 2012
-Melodie Davis

WATERLOO, Ont. and HARRISONBURG, Va.— After selling over 125,000 copies and being translated into over 20 languages, a third edition of a popular Herald Press title has been refreshed for new generations. Seven Things Children Need, by pastor and prolific author John M. Drescher, was re-released June 26, after previously being published in 1976 and re-released in 1988.

Like renowned childhood experts Dr. Benjamin Spock and Dr. Terry Brazelton of earlier eras, the Mennonite church’s own “Dr.” Drescher has helped thousands of parents, teachers, and churches consider the basic needs of children beyond food and shelter.

Drescher is also the author of 36 other books including: If I Were Starting My Family Again; Meditations for the Newly Married; If I Were Starting My Marriage Again; and When Your Child is 6-12. The octogenarian lives in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, is still active as a campus pastor for Quakertown Christian School and speaks to groups and classes on spiritual renewal and family life.

In Seven Things Children Need, Drescher emphasizes how parents can meet their children's seven most basic needs: significance, security, acceptance, love, praise, discipline, and God. The thoughts are conveyed in simple, down-to-earth language with many examples gleaned from a parent group which participated in the original research for the book.

Amy Gingerich, editorial director for Herald Press and MennoMedia, said sales were still significant for the book, which has sold over 1300 copies since February of 2009. In “refreshing” the book, attention was given to updating the examples and language, as well as giving consideration to other Bible translations and paraphrases in the Scriptures quoted. Drescher wrote a new preface and his daughter, Sandra Drescher Lehman, also an author, worked on editing parts of the book before it went into reprint. Helpful study questions and quizzes are included with each chapter for use by groups.

Terri Hopman, executive director of Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center in Brainerd, Minnesota, said recently that they use Seven Things Children Need with their clients. “We think it is a wonderful book and many of us wish we had had it when we were raising our children. It has been an excellent resource for us.”

MennoMedia is the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.