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So, there’s a book I had heard about for quite a while – lots of buzz about it on different websites and blogs I tend to read.  It’s called Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus, by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson.

 

It took me a while to get around to reading it, but once I was in several pages, I quickly realized this was not just another formula-to-get-your-kids-to-behave book.

Before I even finished sipping afternoon coffee, I was facing a pivotal question that didn’t have as much to do with my children or their behavior, as it did with my own heart and my foundation with Jesus:

What about your parenting makes it uniquely Christian?

Up until now, my own parenting has looked something like this:

 “You are going to obey, because you’re supposed to be good – God is [and I am] pleased with you when you obey.”

That doesn’t sound too terrible, until you realize that could have come from a muslim parent.  Or a mormon parent.  Or a Jewish parent.  Or just a moral parent.  It isn’t uniquely Christian.

Before I was halfway through the book, I was realizing not only were my children in need of grace – but I am.  Desperately.

This book isn’t full of foolproof disciplinary techniques – its full to the brim of the gospel.

Like this:

What does the Bible mean that we’re to “bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord?”

 “[it means] that parents are to think about and remember Jesus Christ and then train their children to understand how everything in their life – their joys and sorrows, their trials and labors, their doubts, sin, and shame – is to be understood and approached in the light of Jesus Christ, who descended from David rather than from Levi, died, and rose from the dead.  That is the best news any child could hear.  Distinctively Christian parenting must be accomplished in the environment of the good news about Jesus Christ, or it is not Christian parenting… it is not ‘of the Lord’.”  (page 93)

I love that I’ve found a parenting book that drives me back to Jesus and the Word with nearly every page I turn.  This is one I highly recommend.

And tomorrow, you can come back for a chance to win it!

 {I was going to post the giveaway tonight, but the 6-month-old is teething and just now stayed asleep when I laid her in the crib – for the 5th time.}

<<yawn>>

Be Blessed!
Shannon

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