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In the Garden of Eden, there was only one "No". Everything else was "Yes". 

In this short audiobook on childrearing, Douglas Wilson points out that we have a Father who delights in us and makes it easy for us to love and obey him. If that is the kind of Father we have, shouldn't we earthly parents do the same? Wilson explains how parents should not just try to get their kids to obey a set of rules or to make their house so fun that following the rules is always easy. Instead, he calls for parents to instill in their kids a love for God and His standards that will serve them well all their days.

This audiobook also features an appendix in which Doug and his wife Nancy answer various parents' questions about various applications of the principles discussed in this audiobook.

©2018 Canon Press (P)2018 Canon Press

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Wonderful read

This book is full of wonderful practical advice for parents based on biblical principles. A very convicting, but rewarding, and inspiring read.

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Excellent!!

Very good resource for Christian parents. Highly recommend for parents of kids for all ages.

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Listened three times

Such a great, short read that really gave my husband and I a new perspective on parenting. We especially appreciated the Q and A at the end, and found ourselves listening to it repeatedly, easy to do with such short chapters. I’ve recommended it to handfuls of people so far.

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Loving your children as the Lord's Inheritance

My wife and I were raised in a form of Christianity one could call "individualistic." Repenting of this, we together saw that the Scriptural promise was to us AND OUR CHILDREN. We had not previously thought through the implications this would have (practically as well as theologically) in raising children. This book is gold, but far too short. Couple this work with, "The Federal Husband", "Future Men", "Reforming Marriage"... really anything Pastor Wilson writes on the Family, along with Joel Beeke's work on worship and raising children with the gospel, and enjoy a full, robust understanding of the covenantal family. If reforming the church is going to be anything more than a flash in the pan, we need to reform the way we raise our children.

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Great book, horrible narrator.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while and was excited when I saw I could get it on audible. It is my first from Doug Wilson and it did not disappoint (other than the boring monotoned narrator. I do wish there was more application in the book as I felt lost and hopeless as a father halfway through it. The Q & A at the end was one of the best parts. I found myself pausing the book, and giving thanks for the children God has blessed me with. It made me realize that the spiritual growth I’ve seen in the past few years in my life would not have happened without God providentially giving me children! I’m excited to put the book into practice and prayerfully raise men that love the Lord and honor their parents.

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Must read this book!

Biblical and practical insight to parenting. It simplifies what can be the most daunting and overwhelming job. Easy to read and apply; facilitates conversation between parents!

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Highly recommend

Such an amazing quick and easy listen! Full of practical and godly applications. I would recommend this to everyone who has a child.

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Good information

The info is great & worthwhile; the title is misleading. Definitely worth reading. Narrator is monotone.

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Great Christian insight

This book was great. It had me thanking God for the wisdom he has given me in what I had been doing right and repenting of things I must change.

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For parents w/ kids of all ages!

This book offers the most practical advice on parenting I have ever heard. It is simple, realistic, and, most importantly, biblical. I highly recommend parents to read or listen to this book.