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Parents: Great Book for Kids, Squared 1

This is a good cause. I’m proud to post it here. And — hooray — it’s also a wonderful book for parents to read to (or with) children. And today marks the beginning of the holidays. The marketing isn’t all that great, and the distribution isn’t all that great, so I recommend you order it now, not later (order info below).

I met the author, Greg Ahlijian, last week when he visited our offices at Eugene Social and showed us the book, letters, and documentation on how he has donated every dollar to the Jasper Mountain Home for children.

Click here to go to the site and order the book.

Greg wrote the book after volunteering at the home. He’s a teacher there, and a mentor, and a believer.

This is what the Jasper Mountain site says about the home:

Jasper Mountain is a unique organization, it is a treatment family, and it is a place of hope for children and parents who search for answers. Since 1982, we have been growing and learning along with the children and families we serve. Jasper Mountain is many things but there is nothing quite like it anywhere!

Jasper Mountain provides a continuum of programs that meets the needs of emotionally disturbed children and their families. Services include an intensive residential treatment program with a therapeutic school, a short-term residential center, treatment foster care program, community based wraparound program and crisis response services.

This is important: Greg’s not donating a percentage of profits. He’s donating all the money, 100%, that’s left over from his direct costs. He’s not taking any money for his time and effort. There’s no salary or overhead.

And that explains my title for this post. It’s a good book, good for parents and kids; and it helps a good cause. By squared I mean as in numbers: 2 x 2 = 4. That kind of squared.

Click here to go to the site and order the book.

I bought a copy from Greg as soon as I saw it and leafed through it. My daughter read it to her nine-year-old son, loved it, and downloaded discussion questions. It’s not just a story — not that there is anything wrong with a story, or that the word just applies — but it’s a story with a conscience, and a wealth of good discussions waiting to happen.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenlahey Stephen Lahey

    Thanks for the heads-up, Tim. A book about “courage, perseverance, self-respect and hope”… what’s not to like? My daughter is 9 and she loves to read. Just bought her a copy. Happy Thanksgiving!