The Parent Zone

Favorite Parenting Book?

I have been asked by many if I have a favorite book dealing with parenting.  My favorite book concerning parenting is "How to Be a Hero to Your Kids" by Josh McDowell.You don't have to be a super-parent to be a hero to your kids. All it takes is love, motivation and a workable plan. Josh McDowell and Dick Day offer a six-point, biblically-based plan for positive parenting that will set you on the path to being a hero to your child. I would also recommend "Bringing Up Boys" by James Dobson, especially for moms. It will give you insight into what may actually be going on inside the head of your son. Are there good parenting books you have read that you would recommend to others?  If so, send me an email and let me know what books you have enjoyed.  I will pass the recommendations on to others.

 

How to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home by Barrett Johnson

Are you raising moral pagans at home by pursuing "good" objectives? Every imperfect and normal family wants their kids to turn out right. So, we establish goals for character development and try to create an environment where our kids can mature. Church, school, sports teams, family relationships ... each of these provides a context where our kids can learn to “love your neighbor as yourself.”  Unfortunately, our “good” objectives might have absolutely nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we inadvertently end up raising pagans instead of Christians.  Too many times, (Christian) parents have it as their goal to make their kids good and moral. It is as if the entire purpose of their family’s spiritual life is to shape their children into law-abiding citizens who stay out of trouble. The only problem with this goal is that it runs in stark contrast to what the Bible teaches. The gospel is not about making bad people moral, but about making dead people alive. If we teach morality without the transforming power of the gospel and the necessity of a life fully surrendered to God's will, then we are raising moral pagans.  We end up teaching the wrong thing because we have the wrong objectives. This sentiment was stirred in me afresh when I read an interview with Veggie Tales creator, Phil Vischer. He was reflecting on how the “Christian message” he was trying to teach wasn’t Christianity at all ... "I looked back at the previous 10 years and realized I had spent 10 years trying to convince kids to behave Christianly without actually teaching them Christianity. And that was a pretty serious conviction. You can say, "Hey kids, be more forgiving because the Bible says so," or "Hey kids, be more kind because the Bible says so!" But that isn't Christianity, it's morality. ... 

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