Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Book Review: The Christian Parenting Handbook

Book Description

With advice on parenting coming from several angles, what do you listen to and what do you ignore? Develop your own biblical philosophy of parenting and use it to filter the many ideas that come your way.
In this book you’ll learn how to:
Identify character qualities to address problems
Build internal motivation
Transfer responsibility for change to the child
Teach kids to be solvers instead of whiners
Use creativity to teach your kids spiritual truths
Avoid the “boxing ring”
Envision a positive future
And much more!
With these strategies you’ll be able to move from behavior modification to a heart-based approach to parenting. Instead of relying on rewards, incentives, threats, and punishment, you’ll learn how to identify heart lessons to teach your child and implement them in practical ways.
The Christian Parenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, compiles fifty parenting principles that use heart-based strategies to teach you how to face daily challenges. When parents focus on the heart, kids learn to ask different questions about life. Instead of asking, “What’s in it for me?” they learn to ask, “What’s the right thing to do?” You’ll soon see how a heart-based approach to parenting looks deeper and brings about greater, lasting change.
My Review:
The Christian Parenting Handbook is a great resource to have as any parent, but definitely as a Christian parent.  You can read this book cover to cover as a motivating, inspiring book or you can just refer to the sections you are interested in.  I love that about this book.  I will definitely be keeping it on hand to refer back to when issues, trials or questions come up.  This book is obviously not the end all to parenting, but it is a great guide and is filled with wonderful, Biblical advice. 
I definitely recommend this book to all parents especially Christian parents.  All parents can always find value in having easy, accessible tools around to refer back to when we need some advice. 
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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