I’ve read a lot of parenting and mothering books. After leading a moms’ book study for 6 or so years – I feel like I have every book on the subject! Sometimes, as a first-generation Christian, it was hard to relate to everything that was written in these books. Maybe it’s just my personality, but I wanted a book that would clearly lay out how to do daily life in a Christian home. Yes, I know the Bible is our instruction book for life. Don’t get me wrong. But I always wanted a clear set of steps for how to turn this faith inside of me into something that filled our home and our children without piling on unrealistic expectations and Momguilt. When I read this, I realized that I had the very book I’d been searching for in my hands:
I’ve come to understand and embrace something profound. God modeled perfect parenting. He walked in the garden in close relationship with Adam and Eve. He clearly trained them, giving instructions about which tree was off-limits. Even though he loved his children perfectly, they still disobeyed. God continues to discipline, instruct, and walk with his children. But he doesn’t grade himself according to his children’s successes and failures. And neither should we….God calls us to do all we can to train our children spiritually, but the goal is not their perfect behavior now; it is their desire to follow him long after they have left home….Now that can be an overwhelming thought, because we’re not sure where to begin and wonder if we’ll forget something important. We might hope that grandparents or the church would do this important job for us, but the truth is that the primary responsibility for the spiritual nurturing of our children resides with us and begins at home. Just as we are careful to take care of our children physically, in the same way we can be intentional in modeling and reaching good spiritual practices. We just need a ways to begin.
I think that this book is an excellent tool for parents that aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to spiritually training their children. The format is clear and simple, so busy parents don’t feel overwhelmed. The writing is excellent and encouraging. And most of all – it points us to Jesus, over and over again. Want to learning more?
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