I have more exciting news this week. Wonderfully Made, a picture book I wrote on human en utero development, will be published with Christian Focus 4 Kids. It’s being illustrated right now! I’ll let you know when it becomes available.
I’m going to let you in on a secret. I feel guilty in parenting. A lot. Often. It’s something I take to the Lord, analyze, and discuss with my husband endlessly. I know he loves that. He is truly a patient, enduring man. I’m thankful he endures me.
I blame Pinterest.
The authors of Give Them Grace blame parenting books (ironic, right?).
Here’s the truth: a hundred years ago, if your kids grew to love Jesus and survived early childhood, it was a blessing. Today we have so many rules. There is so much we must do to be a good parent. Enter the mommy wars.
But parenting isn’t about us. It’s about pointing our babies to Jesus and then setting them free to go into the world, knowing who Jesus is, a little at a time. We have to trust our Lord with our kiddos — we are, after all, only stewards of our precious children.
Our job is not just hard; it’s impossible. It is at those moments, when we’re struck dumb by our failure and unbelief and brokenly fall on our knees before Him, that His promised grace is most powerful in us. When we are feeling total despair, when we think, I’m never going to get this right, and even when I try, I fail, that will be the moment when we’ll have the grace to resist our enemy and watch how our Savior restores, confirms, strengthens, and establishes us. (Give Them Grace, page 165, emphasis theirs)
Oh, amen to that, sisters. Amen.
What did you get from chapter ten? How will your parenting change as a result?
Appendix 1 ~ The Good Story
The authors share the gospel in a charming story format. I think this would be a neat read-aloud for kids.
Did The Good Story present the gospel in a way you had not considered it before? Do you have any questions?
Appendix 2 ~ Common Problems and the Gospel
This appendix contains a series of common parenting problems (hey, friends, these issues are common to all parenting!), and run them through the authors’ Management, Nurturing, Training, Correcting, and Promises of the Gospel paradigm. They address lying, blame-shifting, disobeying, provoking others, fighting/anger, complaining, talking back, and laziness. These are interesting to read through.
Appendix 3 ~ The Best News Ever
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick shares her testimony of how Christ called her to salvation and walks through the gospel with Scripture. This is worth reading.
I look forward to continuing the discussion, friends.
Check out Sound Words ~ A theology program based on the Westminster Catechism from Proverbial Homemaker!
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Other parenting books reviewed on Thinking Kids
- You, Your Family, and the Internet by David Clark
- Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young
- Organic Outreach for Families by Kevin G. and Sherry Harney
- Engaging Today’s Prodigal by Carol Barnier
- Intentional Parenting by Tad Thompson
- Your Child’s Profession of Faith by Dennis Gundersen
- Parenting Against the Tide: A Handbook for 21st Century Parenting by Ann Benton
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.