Nov 13, 2014

Family Talk

Book Details
Author: Christy Monson
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: Familius
Genre: Self-Help


How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems and 
Strengthen Relationships

Family Meetings (or councils) are SO IMPORTANT!

We tried as a young family...but I SO WISH I had had this books as a guideline...they would have been SO MUCH BETTER!

Using real-life examples Christy Monson will show you how an effective family council can be set up and instigated.

She will often also explain the results of the family council and how it affected the family.

Truly effective~ if you do it the way the book describes!

Author Interview
How long did it take you to write this book?
I finished the first draft of the manuscript in about 8 months.

Why did you decided to write a book about family councils?
Christopher Robbins, Familius editor, asked me to write this book. At first I felt a little overwhelmed by the task, but as I got into it, I had a wonderful time remembering all the funny things, the problems, and challenges our family and other's in my counseling practice faced as they raised their children. I could feel something greater than myself helping me write this book. So, as I got into the manuscript, I began to have a great time. It is one of the most fun writing projects I've done in a long time.

What is the full title of the book?
The book is entitled, Family Talk, How to Organize Family Meetings, to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships

What does the back cover have on it?
The back cover has: 
You'd be amazed at what a little meeting can do. In the safe, loving environment of a family meeting, discover the perfect place to:

* Teach family values
* Set rules, expectations, and consequences
* Solve Problems
* Create family unity
* Plan family outings
* Address sibling rivalry
* Foster maturity
* Set financial goals
* Learn from mistakes
* See the good in each other
* Empower children
* Navigate serious issues
* And much, much more

Is this book fiction or nonfiction?
This is a nonfiction book about strengthening family relationships, and increasing the love in your family.

Anything else you want to add about this book?
This book is a lot of fun to read because of the examples of the things kids do and the way they think. Each story will bring a smile as the reader learns true principles of how to love and nurture a family.

Thank you Christy for sharing your expertise with us!

Praise for Family Talk
The Family Council Guidebook is a vital and necessary addition to every home. In this day and age when emails, chat rooms, and staring at computer screens are rapidly replacing real-time human interaction, what better corrective could there be than a guidebook to how to talk with one another in meaningful, productive and healing ways. Christy Monson knows what she is talking about. It is a great blessing that she is sharing it with all of us.
—Ben Bernstein, PhD, Author of Test Success! and A Teen's Guide to Success

I add my praise for Family Talk!
If you have a family or want a family or know of a family~ this book will be so valuable to you!
Christy has the experience behind her!
And her wisdom is tremendous!
I now TRULY BELIEVE in family councils!



About the Author
Christy Monson established a successful counseling practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She also practiced in Salt Lake City, Utah for several years before her retirement. She has a B.S. Degree from Utah State University and an M.S. Degree from University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
She was born in Medford, Oregon, but now lives in Ogden, Utah.

She loves writing. It is her way to relax, escape from the stresses of daily life, and put the things she is passionate about down on paper.

Her articles have been published on the web at Familius, Gospel Ideals, Paper and Parchment, Share the Love, Hugs, and Hope, and ANWA.


  1. Thanks for the review. I am so glad I learned about family councils when our kids were growing up. It made a difference in our lives through good times and hard ones - like when I found our son and the neighbor boy lighting each others hair on fire. (Yes, that example is in the book) We laugh about it now, but it wasn't funny at the time. Read and enjoy. I hope the book makes a difference in your family life.

    1. I LOVED reading your examples!
      I learned SO MUCH!
      THANK YOU for sharing!



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