Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Christian Parenting Handbook - reviewed by Mandy

Raising kids is a huge responsibility.  Raising them to serve and love God in a fallen world is an even bigger job.    The Christian Parenting Handbook, written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN,  is a great resource to have to help parents along in the journey of raising kids for Christ.  This book's chapters were 50  heart-based strategies for all the stages of your child's life.  This is definitely a book to read with a highlighter or journal to be able to read the high points over and over.
 The author's goal was to share the importance of more than just behavior modification, but rather addressing the heart of the issue of the incorrect behavior.   The author states that "Biblical parenting is a commitment."  I couldn't agree more.  Some days the job gets tough and we all need the reminder of the importance of what were doing and of the goals that we have set.
One of the chapters that stood out to me was a good example of how the author help us to see how an behavior problem should be addressed as a heart issue to help the child learn a spiritual truth. It is a  reminder for parents not to give in to manipulation.  We've all seen examples of children who are told "no", but in the end the parents end up giving in to the child anyway.  Children aren't dumb and they know what buttons to push to get their way.  "Being able to accept no as an answer is a spiritual skill all people need to learn.  A lot of temptation is out there, and children need to learn to say no to themselves in order to stay within appropriate boundaries."
The authors are quick to note that every child is unique and what works for one may not work for another.  All parents need to seek God and pray for wisdom, grace, and strength to raise children for Him!
I enjoyed reading this book and marked several pages for great quotes and things to think about!

*This book was given to me by booksneeze.com in exchange for my review.*



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