Thursday, July 31, 2014
About the Book:
Raising a P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S.: How to Raise Daughters of a King
Child advocate, former All-American football player helps parents raise daughters well
With the success of the movie “Frozen” princesses are back in the spotlight, and much is made about
raising daughters to be a princesses, but what does that really mean? Former Alabama defensive back John Croyle,
and founder of child safe-haven Big Oak Ranch, believes the answer lies in Proverbs 31: “Her children rise up and call
her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her
hands, and let her works praise her in her gates (vs. 28-31).”
In his new book, Raising a Princess (B&H Books, May 2014), Croyle walks through the importance of raising young
women in a biblical, strong and compassionate manner. Touching on themes of unconditional love, failure and trust,
Croyle offers nearly four decades of wisdom in raising a godly woman from a dad’s perspective.
"A hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house we lived in, the kind of car we drove or how much
money we had in the bank,” says Croyle, author of The Two Minute Drill to Manhood, which looks at what it means to
raise godly young men. “But the world may be different because you and I were important in the life of a child."
In The Two Minute Drill to Manhood, he tackles the necessities of equipping young men in the most pivotal moments of
their adolescence. However, in Raising a Princess Croyle writes with a different end in mind: womanhood. The end is a
Proverbs 31 woman and Croyle provides parenting techniques to help the reader raise their princess to someday be a
queen. Croyle’s specific approach to raising young women is spelled out through the acronym P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S:
Praiseworthiness – A princess understands she is worthy of praise simply because she is made in the image of
Righteousness – She lives according to God’s normal, not the world’s normal.
Initiative – A princess makes good things happen.
Nurture – God built into girls and women an instinct to nurture that boys and men simply don’t have in the same way.
Character – A girl of character knows what her deepest desires are and chooses accordingly.
Empowerment – Your princess needs to understand life isn’t just something that happens to her. She has the power
Servant-Heartedness – A princess finds purpose not in being served, but in serving others.
Stability – As stability is provided for daughters, they will grow into the kind of people who help create stability for
Raising a Princess: Eight Essential Virtues To Teach Your Daughter
About the Author:
John Croyle was an All-American defensive end at the University of Alabama during a renowned title run under Coach
Paul “Bear” Bryant. Croyle declined a career in the National Football League and instead went on to found and develop
the Big Oak Ranch for Boys. Over the next few decades they worked to start the Girls’ Ranch as well as the Westbrook
Christian School. He and his wife, Tee, together have raised hundreds of young men and women, including their
daughter and Big Oak child care director, Reagan Croyle Phillips, as well as their son and former NFL quarterback
Brodie Croyle. For more information, please visit www.bigoak.org.
I haven't read Raising a Princess, but I do have The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood: A Proven Game Plan for Raising Sons on my kindle(currently only 2.99 for the e-book). I grabbed it last year, and I've done a bit of reading in it. IF I had girls, I wouldn't have hesitated to grab this one, too. My hubby is a huge fan of University of Alabama football, and we can't help but respect Croyle, so I was automatically drawn to his books.