In Spiritual Parenting parents learn to create a home environment that God can use to work in their children's lives. It's a biblical, innovative fresh approach to parenting--and one that's long overdue. It's hard enough to train kids to behave, but good behavior isn't what Jesus calls for in the Bible. He wants hearts and souls that are shaped in vibrant faith and love toward God and others. How can parents cultivate this in their children?
In this book Dr. Michelle Anthony shares practical examples and biblical insight on the spiritual role of parenting. Spiritual Parenting introduces the simple, but revolutionary concept that parents are, by the power of God's Spirit, to obey and depend on God in order to create an environment God can use to beckon their children to Him.
©2010 Michelle Anthony (P)2011 eChristian
The book had some good parenting insights and great scriptural truth, but moved a little slow at points for me.
I am a Christian wife and mother. I write two blogs. My somewhat theological blog is called "Just Another Clay Pot," and my Fiction/Poetry blog is called "Weightiness and Whimsy."
My first encounter with this book was as the basis of an adult Sunday School class. I found it so helpful that I went out and bought the audio version to listen to it again. I have no doubt I'll listen again in the future.
This book helps parents to be real, dealing with real children and real life circumstances. Unfortunately, far too many parenting books see children as blank slates for parents to write upon, clean disk drives to program, or Pavlovian dogs that we can teach to drool on cue. And of course, they teach parents how to look good (i.e. "super spiritual) in the process, because that's really what it's all about, isn't it? If we raise our kids right, they'll be great trophies of our parenting skills.
Well, "Spiritual Parenting" is not that kind of book at all. It's all about humbly, lovingly, intentionally creating atmospheres that invite our children to taste the grace of God, and that invite God in as the welcome Lord (and as the ONLY perfect Parent). It deals wisely and LOVINGLY with the inevitable mistakes and sins of both parents and children, without ever disrespecting the individuality of either.
The narrator is the author herself, and she reads with all the feeling that one would expect from the woman who cared enough to write the book, and who is often sharing her own stories, or the stories of others that personally impacted her.
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