The practical, rather than Bible thumping, approach captured my attention from page one. As Barna's research points out, there is a certain expectancy placed on behavior but it is backed by parental actions and words, no questions asked. As my Grandma was in the habit of saying when I as a kid, "Mean what you say, and say what you mean", which could also be an alternate sub-title and certainly speaks volumes when read with a thoughtful mindset. No other book so plainly lays that fact on the table that knowing what goals you have for your family and practicing the preaching of those goals is the only way to all but ensure the raising of great children. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a refresher on how to treat people in general, not only your kids. Therefore, I think this book speaks volumes to anyone willing to listen to what Barna has to say.
I like books that study success stories and then extrapolate general principles. So often books are all about someone's good ideas. What I like about this book is how accessible it is. There are many lists and stories. They look at how parents of great kids did and try to find common themes. Additionally, they interview the kids to validate the input from the parents. However, in all the analysis, they don't lose the heart of raising kids: every kid is different, there isn't one way, etc. It isn't just about the numbers. Overall a very good book on parenting.
After reading at least 20 Christian parenting books in the last 4 years this book is my favorite. It is our goal to raise Kids who are "spiritual champions" it was right where we are at. I trust it because the research is from parents who have succeeded at this. The suggestions are real and practical! While we implimented most of these things prior to reading the book, it gave us confidence and reassurance that we are on the right track!
Insightful book. Missed the potential to be a "revolutionary book" by omitting a lot of details. Would benefit from more background on what the actual studies found, instead of the abstracted summaries since you don't know where the author ad-libs or is driven by the data. (And how statistically significant it is!) That said, plenty of practical advice, useful insights, and solid parenting tidbits that any parent can benefit from. Especially those who care passionately about raising children of strong character who impact their world.
Good stuff! Love the section at the end of each chapter "Hands on" that give parents a chance to internalize whtat they've read and put it into practice. A lot of parenting books make you feel like garbage for all your not doing, but this book did not do that. It had a good balance between communicating the urgency and importance of forethought about shaping yoru kids' character with encouragement that you can take steps to change your parenting style/strategies where you need to.
This is one of my top 5 books for parenting. I appreciate George Barna's research - this is not just another person's opinions about how to raise our children to know and love God. He researched "spiritual champions" and their parents and presented us with the common denominators. It is NOT a instruction manual but rather a book that helps parents look at being intentional about raising children to love God and be more than nominal Christians. I read this book and now I am leading a book discussion for a group of moms. Everyone has found this book to be excellent in helping them look at their own parenting. It has challenged us individually about our own faith. I think every Christian parent and Church leader needs to read this!
I’ve gone through this book a number of times. The principles inside are key for us to raise Godly children into Jesus like adults. Read this book, learn the principles and most importantly, try to actually do them with your kids.