This book is a must-have for all parents. It gets to the heart of the issue, literally. The quote that made me know this was a keeper? "You probably have more ideas now than you can use. What you want to know is how." Don't miss this great help for parents.
This book, aptly titled a handbook, has changed the game for me as a parent. Short, digestible chapters with content so fresh, common-sensical and straight forward that I've found my mouth a gap more than a few times. Solid biblical explanations for ways to touch and influence the *heart* of our children for a purpose way beyond themselves. I can't speak highly enough about this book - the authors have, and share a remarkable insight that enables parents to be effective in making lasting, impactful changes in their relationships with their children.
When Joanne and Scott say in the introduction, "You're holding a book of ideas," they aren't kidding! If you're looking for a treasure trove of parenting ideas that goes beyond clever quips and coy research to truly heart transformational truth, you're going to want to pick up this book. As the title says, it's a handbook. You'll want it close by for reference relevant to almost any situation or any question you'll face as a parent.
As a parent, you're also looking for more than a plethora of ideas, you're also looking for an overarching way of thinking that breathes vitality into your family life. Scott and Joanne provide the Biblical foundations that are essential for looking beyond the parenting pressures of day-to-day life and into eternally valuable insights that will sustain and energize your journey.
The authors don't sugar coat their principles or try to make parenting seem easy. They acknowledge the difficulties, but provide more than adequate inspiration to accompany many truths that will equip parents well. They often suggest things that may take a little more work on the surface, but will greatly improve the results and increase the satisfaction and sense of purpose along the way.
Oftentimes, we as parents feel we're constantly in the corrective mode and trying to "get kids to behave." This book offers a refreshing approach that focuses on building relationships, the joy of great character, building on strengths and a life of wisdom leading to success. I feel a sigh of relief coming on and see the sun of hope rising on the horizon!
This book is super-charged with practical and easy to find advice and, more importantly, it is infused with a Christ-focused way of thinking about the parenting journey. It is a proactive versus reactive approach that will empower you to be a great parent.
This is an excellent resource for all parents to use regarding biblical based parenting. Fifty easy to read chapters that allow you to quickly flip to the right topics for the immediate issue in your child's life. You can find wonderful ways to relate to your child, ways to discipline your child, ways to encourage heart-based behavior that will CHANGE their behavior, and scriptural references to be able to relate to. I highly recommend this book to all parents with children of any age!
I have used resources from Scott Turansky for many years, and have always been grateful as a parent for the tools he and Joanne offer in their books. This book offers parents a way to keep focused on the goal of shaping a child's heart in very practical & quick chapters! It offers sensible advice, practical examples, and refreshing solutions. It's the kind of book that you can reference often or read through the entire thing to get great parenting tips that you can locate by topic. I know that I will be using it over and over just to help myself stay focused on what is important with my children! Love this book! So helpful!