Parenting Forward

How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy, and Kindness
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
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A progressive Christian parenting book with a social-justice orientation

How do we build a better world? One key way, says Cindy Wang Brandt, is by learning to raise our children with justice, mercy, and kindness.

In Parenting Forward Brandt equips Christian parents to model a way of following Jesus that has an outward focus, putting priority on loving others, avoiding judgment, and helping those in need. She shows how parents must work on dismantling their own racial, cultural, gender, economic, and religious biases in order to avoid passing them on to their children. “By becoming aware of the complex ways we participate in systems of inequal­ity or hierarchy”, she says, “we begin to resist systemic injustice ourselves, empower our children, and change our communities.”

©2019 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (P)2019 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

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Well-researched, bold, compassionate, and wise...

This book will be a wonderful tool for many parents who are trying to raise their kids in turbulent times. From race, gender, religion, and more... If you need any advice, encouragement, or inspiration, the author has lived through profound questions and experiences in her own life as a parent and justice-seeker and draws on cutting edge research from across diverse fields to provide guidance. This is a must-read resource for parents who want to raise their kids to embrace their full agency and value. After reading this book you'll be reminded of the importance you have as a parent to raise up the next generation to impact the world with more justice and love.

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transformative/necessary 4 progress! comprehensive

very insightful and delicately confrontational. will use this a s reference for the next 9+ years for my children as well as recovering and diagnosing some of my own childhood experiences.

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A good book, but not quite what I was looking for

A good book, but I was hoping for more practical walk throughs, though it did offer some good insights into varying issues in the world.

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Excellent resource for parents

I am so thankful for Cindy’s voice in this area. As a therapist who specializes in working with children, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone trying to parent their children in ways that respect their value as fellow people instead of sub-humans that should obey or be seen and not heard. Also having gone through a similar faith shift and intentionally changing our parenting philosophy from the authoritarian styles of our parents, I regularly found myself challenged in ways my parenting practices still don’t align with my beliefs. This book is well worth your time.

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A parenting book for those who have faith shifted

This is a great book on parenting for anyone who, like me, has moved from a more conservative evangelical faith to a more progressive expression. Brandt has a similar faith shift and journey, albeit from a Taiwanese background. highly recommend this.