Their Name is Today book cover - a child holding on to her mother's arm

Their Name Is Today

Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World

192 Pages

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Foreword by Mark K. Shriver

There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide.

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Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life’s challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom.

Their Name Is Today takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.

Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children’s Defense Fund
Their Name is Today is welcome reading for parents, grandparents, teachers and all those who care deeply about nurturing the next generation of happy, healthy, whole children.

Jonathan Kozol, author
Beautiful.…It is Arnold’s reverence for children that I love.

Diane Komp, MD, Prof. of Pediatrics, Yale University
Stunning.…Who would have thought that there was anything new to say about childhood? In Their Name Is Today, Arnold surprises us at every turn.

Joan Almon, co-founder, Alliance for ChildhoodTheir Name is Today cover with award
Arnold writes with deep insight, reminding us of the meaning of childhood and the need to protect it for the sake of the children and all of humanity.

Timothy Jones, author, Nurturing Your Child’s Soul
In our hard-charging culture, children often get pushed to the edges of our crowded schedules. Arnold understands the pressures, but points to another way. Their Name Is Today is practical and compelling.

Publishers Weekly, October 6, 2014
A deeply inspiring tribute to children.…Arnold’s basic message is clear, and well worth heeding: a deep reverence for children will make the world a better place.

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This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time! It's nice to see children be very important to some people and that others see how unique children are and we should value much more then we do! Def gone to share book

A perceptive and thought-provoking read! As teachers in both secondary and primary schools, my husband and I were keen for any advice that might go beyond our pedagogic training and address the spiritual needs of the children in our care. We found this book to be refreshing in its insights into Childhood and challenging in its focus on the massive responsibility of each adult who has the privilege to work or care for children. The chapter on 'Actions not words' was especially meaningful and really challenged us in a variety of ways. It opened conversations about how we interacted with the other adults at school and whether we were really showing them the love and respect we expected our children to show one another. It made us think about the way in which we thought about our children with challenging behaviour, and thus how we spoke about them when they were not around. It also made us question ourselves as to whether we were genuinely showing the love and patience that we professed to be showing them. This book gave us the opportunity to have these conversations together and to really search in ourselves. We found this book to be very relevant to our teaching and hope that it can inspire many other teachers.

As a mother of twin 4-year olds, I ask myself daily "am I doing a good job with raising my kids?" I think every parent questions themselves as we all want our children to become the best people they can with our guidance. Taking into consideration the guidance and lessons Johann Arnold writes about throughout the book, gave me comfort in knowing that I myself do follow many of his recommendations. However, after reading a passage from Ch 7 Guidance to Grow - I grew very sad after associating myself and my daughter in a similar situation the author experienced with he and his father. In Mr. Arnold's scenario, his father's immediate forgiveness after a young Johann apologized for upsetting him had very positive impact on both of them. Recently, my daughter and I were in a similar situation and I was too stubborn to immediately grab her and tell her I forgive her and love her after her apology for being a typical tired and exhausted toddler who was having "a moment" as they all do. In the future, I plan on treating these instances differently understanding that my child doesn't understand her actions and I need to be the one who assures her my love is unconditional and I forgive her.

I thoroughly loved the book and the ideas of childhood brought out in its pages. It has blessed me and helped my wife and I to rethink then reorder some of our family practices around our two daughters - particularly with an eye towards our use of electronics. God bless you for your work.

Captivating reading... I've read it twice - once as a parent, and again, as a teacher of both children and adults. I've also referred back to it on multiple occasions to read something I just wanted my heart to absorb.
Our children are crying out to us for guidance in the most destructive ways, but as Johann Arnold points out in chapter 6 'Actions, Not Words,' we are compelled as adults to consider what we reflect onto them. It grieves my heart when the realization of our children's future manifests itself in the headlines of our nation's newscasts. This book compels me to share with as many as I come in contact with on a personal and professional level, the simple truths and wisdom the author has shared with us. So many remedies are provided for so many common ills.
Many thanks to the author for the gentle reminders, the inspiration, the hope, and the means to make a positive difference in the lives of our children. And thank you - for relying on our most indisputable Source... I agree, it's never too late. We can each start small and make at least one change in the way we have formerly thought about, spoken to, or dealt with a child. I look forward to your next gift of insight and empowerment...

A Serious Call For The Rescue Of Today's Children
The author of this book is very concerned about the devastation being wrought upon children in today's world, esp. by (what passes for) education. His presentation consists of some old ideas, which are also found expressed by many others in the long history of debates about childhood and education in the years B. C. (Before Computers) plus some new ideas concerning new harm being inflicted in the Computer Era (CE), especially the solipsism produced by the misuses of computers by today's kids. Among those writers alarmed by these dangers, new and old, few have expressed themselves as poignantly as Johann Christoph Arnold does in this manifesto, which has won the endorsement of Jonathan Kozol and other children's advocates. And Arnold expresses himself clearly and forcefully, which is not surprising: he is an award-winning author with over a million copies of his books in print. You may not agree with some of his ideas, but what he says is always thought-provoking and motivated by a love for people. I also commend this book for its beautiful cover depicting a little girl. My granddaughter also likes it, and she has good taste!

After reading the first few chapters of this book, one might think that it is aimed at the public school parent, but on a more in-depth look one will see that, as the homeschool environment in this country has come under more and more pressure to align with Common Core, what once was a safe, nurturing, homeschool environment where children learned by exploration and play in the early years, is rapidly coming to an end. As I read through the last three chapters of this book it became very apparent that this book appears to be a final desperate plea from the author to all parents. The author does not rain down fire and brimstone on the reader but implores them with sincere urgency to wake up and take action before it is too late. This author is trying to do all he can in the time he has left on this earth to mobilize parents to stop the destruction of their children through the systems and forces at work in this country….Parents should read this book with urgency and with open minds, ready to take action within their own families. If we lose the children, the future is lost.

Just finished the book I really enjoyed it. I decided to keep a pen close by to underline and mark sections that really stood out. Then I laughed because I was marking every page. I'm not much of a writer but I think if I we're to sit and jot down my thoughts as I reread Their Name Is Today, it would open opportunities for volumes of added books. That's just the way the author has an effect on the reader. Johann is gifted with the ability of illuminating something that has always been there.

It is a real privilege to read this book that speaks so plainly and honestly to parents and educators in consideration of the challenges society faces with the war with ISIS... As a parent, I am personally challenged to look at my own example which is the strongest teacher to my child... His words are not spoken lightly and those who really want to challenge their faith should dare to read this wonderful pointer to stop and enjoy the wonder of the spirit of childhood today while you still have the chance. I thank JC Arnold for the effort he has taken in sharing his experience and writing another challenging book to help us parents today.

What an incredible book! I could not put it down! This book is filled with great advice for everyone. 'Their Name Is Today' teaches parents that children need stability, structure, patience and love. Pastor Arnold tackled a difficult and sometimes controversial subject making it apply to everyone. This is not a book filled with studies, research, and long, drawn-out conclusions, but a book filled with real-life stories from people from a variety of different educational, professional, social and financial backgrounds.

An easy, but thought provoking read. I dog-eared and highlighted many passages. I would recommend this book for any first-time or seasoned parent, teachers, grandparents, and anyone who works with children. If for no other reason than pages 125-126, every adult should read this book. Amazing quotes from authors and teachers throughout history, with simple, but at the same time complex, wisdom on who children are and of what importance they are in the world. A book worth reading again and again.

This past weekend in Pittsburgh, someone offered me a copy of Their Name Is Today. I hesitated in taking it because I am a grandparent, but I brought it home and read it. I couldn't put it down - every parent should have a copy - one of the best common sense books on raising a child. I live in Florida formerly of Pittsburgh. I volunteer at a Pregnancy Ctr. I only wish I had a book to hand out to each girl that leaves the center with a newborn. I don't expect them free I want to know the cost to see if I can afford a dozen.

I have read ENDANGERED and WHY CHILDREN MATTER; and, have found them both powerful beyond words. I am looking forward to reading this new book very much. Our children are our future, they are our hearts. We owe them all the work we do to make their world safe and inclusive. I believe that Mr. Arnold's books can help us do this.

I think everyone should read the new book. Children have been almost forgotten in today's society. I can't wait to read it myself when it comes out

Every parent, new and old, should read this book. I finished it in two nights. Arnold is remarkable - the manuscript reads on an intellectual level, but also on an emotional level that touches everyone. He is right on target when he talks about children losing their childhoods. The stress and competition our society places on children is incredible. As for diagnoses, sometimes I feel there are more classifications than there are children to give them to. I love how Arnold shares so much of his own experiences via trial and error with his own children. The underlying constant is always love. Somehow along the way, parents, teachers and other adults can forget what a gift children are to our society and how much they simply need our love. Arnold is one hundred percent right; children really are the people of today. We have to find a way to remind everyone of this truth. Sharing this book is a great way to start.

"Their Name Is Today" is a compelling, powerful and clear call for action to address and support the many challenges our children face on a daily basis. Johann Christoph Arnold reminds us that parents and teachers can provide the tonic of hope and inspiration that can lead to the success of all children. A must-have resource for parents and teachers dedicated to understanding the needs of our children in today's society. I was so enthralled with reading "Rich in Years" last year, and now Arnold has done it again. This book is so rich in wisdom about the state of our children in today's society… It will truly be an inspiration to all who read it. I will encourage all parents and teachers that I meet to read this book.

Johann Christoph Arnold’s writing always makes people conscious of what is going on in the world. He makes people aware of the small things, the things that matter, their children – the most important possessions in their life. It is unfortunate in our modern world that so many individuals are driven to achieve success, in life and career. It is gratifying how Arnold manages to put success in into simple terms: love and family. The road of life is never easy, but God does not put us into situations we cannot handle. It is up to each of us to deal with each situation. There are different ways to love your children as they grow into young men and young women. A baby needs a different love then a teenager. If we can follow the formula written in “Their Name is Today”, we can make the world a better place. Johann, I think it is wonderful that you took the time to put your beliefs to paper. I hope and pray that your message is absorbed by all who read it, and not ignored by those who feel that their way is the only way. We are never too old to learn. God bless you.